Global urban planning leaders converge at Huckletree’s Earthrise Summit to shift focus of urban centres to sustainable futures

Huckletree, Ireland and the UK’s leading independent workspace brand, have announced their impressive lineup of influential minds set to lead the annual Earthrise Summit on 28th September. The event, in partnership with CMS, Silicon Valley Bank and Replenish Earth, will be run in a hybrid model both online and in-person, hails over 50 world-renowned visionaries from Dublin, London, Berlin, Copenhagen and New York.

In 2021, Earthrise Summit was host to over 1,000 start-up founders and operators as well as investors and VC’s. The Summit’s mission is to bring together the most innovative, exciting, mission-led brands and funds to drive tangible impact for a better, more sustainable and equitable future.

The theme of this year’s Earthrise Summit is Urban Futures. Currently 55% of the world’s population is now living in urban areas and the UN predicts this number will rise to 68% by 2050. The Earthrise Summit will put a specific focus on the ways in which we can use our urban centres and cities to support a more sustainable future.

The keynote speaker will be the world-renowned Jan Gehl, a Danish architect and urban design consultant whose life work has centred around reorienting our cities for pedestrians and cyclists and his work has transformed the very fabric of urban spaces worldwide. Previous headliners included model and actress turned activist and social entrepreneur, Lily Cole, and Oscar winning filmmaker, athlete and photographer, Jimmy Chin.

Jan is credited with bringing about some of the most successful urban planning transformations in history, and through educating the world of urban design on the intrinsically linked value between well-planned and used public spaces and liveable cities. He has worked across the globe with governments of all sizes and ambitions to remodel city centres where public realms were at best an afterthought and at worst actively shunned.

“Sustainability is at the forefront of discourse, and that is where it needs to be – we are delighted at Huckletree to be able to bring some of the best minds available together and have these important conversations. These messages need a platform – and I am excited for Huckletree to be that stage for Earthrise Summit 2022,” commented Andrew Lynch, COO & co-founder of Huckletree.

“This year’s Earthrise Summit is a call to the industry to rethink how we better build cities for tomorrow, from today, and to galvanise some of the most influential people in the urban planning industry, from developers to creatives. I am so thrilled that Huckletree is in a position to bring an event like Earthrise Summit to life and to bring it to so many people in our industry across the world. The data shows – we are at a crucial tipping point- and I believe we all have a role to play in ensuring our urban centres focus around both people and sustainability,” added Gaby Hersham, CEO & co-founder of Huckletree.

“CMS is delighted to partner with Huckletree to bring the Earthrise Summit and its messages to the fore in 2022. Having sustainability at the heart of urban planning and development is the only way our cities will adapt to tackle the climate crisis head on.  We believe the Earthrise Summit will bring together people with the vision required to enact the changes we all want to see,”Anthony Waller, Partner at CMS, commented.

For more information, visit the Earthrise Summit website here.

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