Designing the future for global cities and lifestylesHow will we be living in 20 years?
Designing the future for global cities and lifestyles

As the world’s population continues to increase, 55% (4.2 billion) lives in urban areas as of 2018 and is expected to increase to 68% (6.7 billion) by 2050, according to the United Nations’ 2018 Revision of World Urbanization Prospects. The United Nations' Sustainable Development Goals 11 is to “Make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable”. Cities will be faced with a range of challenges such as population aging, environmental degradation, and strained food and energy supplies, etc. Meanwhile, scientific and technological development is also accelerating. It is possible that new approaches will see cities reformed, allowing them to overcome their challenges one by one. Even lifestyles themselves may be transformed. In particular, technologies such as AI, robotics, regenerative medicine, and genetic engineering may grant humanity's wishes, and in the process give rise to new value systems and perspectives on the human experience. The choices we make today may determine whether or not our future is a favorable one. For that reason, it is critical that we examine all of these issues from a variety of perspectives, such as those of cities, societies, lifestyles, art, and culture, and bring together the people who have the cutting-edge expertise to design a new vision for that future. By making these efforts, we can gain insights into the path toward the best possible future, as well as new answers to the most fundamental, eternal questions about the nature of humanity and the meaning of life.

Innovative City Forum is a creative platform that explores the shape of the new world to come. United by a shared understanding of the importance of these issues, global opinion leaders will come together in Tokyo, bringing a diverse range of perspectives to multidisciplinary discussions that will encompass topics including urban issues, science, technology, art, design, economics, and industry.


  • Dates

    2019.11.19(Tue) - 20(Wed)

  • Venue

    Roppongi Academyhills, Roppongi Hills Mori Tower 49F

  • Organized by

    Institute for Urban Strategies - The Mori Memorial Foundation, Mori Art Museum, Academyhills

  • Co-organized by

    The Japan Foundation Asia Center

  • Supported by

    The World Economic Forum, International House of Japan, Loftwork

  • Admission Fee

    5,000yen (including tax) per session
    The Japan Foundation Asia Center Session, ICF Hub Session: 2,000yen (including tax)

  • Venue capacity


  • Language

    Japanese and English simultaneous interpretation