ULI Europe Digital Programme: New Patterns of Behaviour – post pandemic opportunities and challenges in our cities


2021-03-10T12:30:00 - 2021-03-10T13:30:00

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    Webinar Summary

    In this timely webinar, Chris Luebkeman, Leader of Strategic Foresight at ETH-Zürich and former Director for Global Foresight Research and Innovation at Arup, will give a presentation on how cities have responded to the Covid-19 crisis, the great challenges that the pandemic has created and how urban environments will have to adapt in the future.

    This will be followed by a conversation with Alexandra Jezeph, Senior Property Development Manager, Commercial Development at TFL, asking how cities can innovate as a response to the crisis, with the opportunity for questions for Chris from the online audience.

    As part of the series focusing on "Rebuild: Creating liveable and resilient cities", this will be a fascinating opportunity to assess how cities should tackle challenges and opportunities in a post-Covid environment.

    Webinar Series
    This is the first webinar in the 2021 series looking at "Rebuild: Creating liveable and resilient cities"

    The 2021 ULI Europe Digital Programme Series: Rebuild, Reshape and Rethink

    Join one of our webinars on the central theme of "Rebuild, Reshape and Rethink: Preparing for a new built world". We will explore each of these concepts through webinars grouped into series, including:
    • Rebuild: Creating liveable and resilient cities
    • Reshape: Evolving real estate formats to meet consumer needs
    • Rethink: Innovation, finance and new solutions for real estate



    Chris Luebkeman

    Director for Strategic Foresight, Office of the President, ETH Zürich

    Chris Luebkeman’s career to date has spanned professions and geographies. His multidisciplinary education (geology, civil engineering, structural engineering, entrepreneurship and a Doctorate in Architecture) was encouraged by his Mid-Western family of educators. His journey included Vanderbilt, Cornell and the ETH in Zurich. He became an academic gypsy teaching courses on Design and on Technology at the University of Oregon, the Chinese University of Hong Kong and at MIT. He joined Arup in London to lead the Research and Development group in 1999 and became a corporate intrapreneur by founding the Foresight, Innovation and Incubation teams. He established the Drivers of Change program and is proud to have been accused by the Guardian to have a mindset “in league with the future”. He is deeply passionate about curating constructive dialogue, insatiably curious, relished the opportunity to discover the opportunities which will be created by change and, perhaps most importantly, to evolve positive solutions to the profound challenges we face today. For twenty years he travelled the globe sharing his observations and insights by leading projects focused on the future for Arup, Arup’s clients and for many of the world’s leading institutions. For example, he has spoken at TED, hosted conversations at, and for, WEF and keynoted dozens of conferences around the world. He is a member of the nominating committee for the prestigious Lee Kuan Yew World City Prize, the external advisory Board of the URA and of Brain Trust of the Climate Music Project. He returned to the ETH in Zurich in 2020 as a strategic advisor to the President and Executive Board.


    Alexandra Jezeph

    Senior Property Development Manager, Commercial Development, Transport For London

    Alexandra is part of the Property Development team working to transform TfL’s real estate and deliver new housing for London. She works in the Major Projects and Pipeline team and is currently focused on bringing forward the development of 3 major sites in London to deliver new state-of-the art transport infrastructure along with c.1600 new homes. Prior to TfL, she worked for 11 years at JLL, initially in the Planning and Development Team, before moving to the City Investment and Living Capital Markets Teams. Alexandra is a Member of the RICS and the RTPI and a Fellow of the RSA. She is Co-Chair of the ULI UK Annual Conference and also a Non-Executive Director of the British think tank Bright Blue. Alexandra earned a BA in Geography from the University of Oxford and holds degrees in Spatial Planning, Urban Design and Real Estate from Oxford Brookes and Reading Universities.