The goal of the 2013 Remaking Cities Congress was to create an
action agenda, a manifesto, for the future of post-industrial cities for
the next twenty-five years.
Delegates heard from leading thinkers in urbanism and toured Pittsburgh in six Mobile Workshops to experience its transformation from a heavy manufacturing economy to a knowledge economy. Ten city case studies were presented in pairs, one European city with one North American city: Bilbao and Milwaukee; Ruhr Valley and Buffalo; Manchester/Liverpool and Toronto/Hamilton; Rotterdam and New Orleans; and Turin and Detroit. Two special presentations featured "The Pittsburgh Story” and “Designer Democracy”.
However, the core of the Congress was spent in all-day Theme Workshops that dealt with post-industrial cities in five theme areas: Repositioning the City in the Global Economy; the Physical City; the City as an Innovation Hub; Urban Systems and Infrastructure; and Planning and Social innovation. Debate was spirited. In the final session of the Congress the delegates voted on twenty-seven propositions that came from these workshops. An overall theme of equity emerged: equity in all its manifestations—social, economic, and environmental.