F1 Infrastructure transition in industrial legacy cities

22 Jun 2018
12:30 - 14:00

F1 Infrastructure transition in industrial legacy cities

Old factories, disused railway tracks and abandoned mining sites constitute relics of a formerly flourishing industrial past. Industrial legacy cities have come a long way in re-generating their outdated infrastructure systems in order to re-shape their identities and   accelerate their socio-economic transition processes. This implementers’   session will showcase how industrial legacy cities have strategically turned their brownfields and industrial sites into opportunities for neighborhood revitalization, green economy development, biodiversity conservation and climate change adaptation. The ensuing discussion will focus on the challenges and trade-offs that industrial legacy cities need to face and address to ensure a sustainable infrastructure transition.

Participants will gain a better understanding of:

  • How industrial legacy cities can strategically use infrastructure transitions as a means to re-shape their identity and achieve multiple policy goals.
  • How industrial legacy cities can future-proof their infrastructure systems in light of a changing climate.
  • The various challenges industrial legacy cities face when re-developing their legacy systems and how to manage these.


Olga Horn
Smart Cities Officer, ICLEI – Local Governments for Sustainability


Alex Chapman
Climate Change Officer, City of Guelph

Oluwole A. McFoy
Buffalo Sewer Authority Manager, City of Buffalo

Michael Leischner
Head of Climate Protection Unit, City of Dortmund

Kirstin Miller
Chief Resilience Officer, Ecocity Builders