CityAge: The New American City

The New American City
Philadelphia, PA
November 13 and 14, 2013
Drexel University

Eighty percent of Americans live in cities, and their numbers are growing every day. This means that how we build—and rebuild—our cities will shape almost every facet of America’s future.

The second edition of CityAge: The New American City, was held in Philadelphia on November 13 and 14, and embraced the ideas that are re-shaping urban America. Over two days more than 40 speakers offered practical detail on the emerging business partnerships, coalitions and people who are building the next generation of the American city. The event assembled mayors, business executives, entrepreneurs, engineers, architects and city builders from across America and beyond.

The New American City was inaugurated in Kansas City, MO, ten months ago. Kansas City Mayor Sly James and CityAge welcomed delegates from more than 70 cities from across the United States and beyond to the heart of the United States to look at the potential of our cities. This vital conversation continued, and further developed, in Philadelphia, in collaboration with Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter and John Fry, President of Drexel University.

CityAge events are focused on the vital 21st Century business of city building—the ideas, partnerships, business leaders and decision makers that will shape the initiatives that are improving urban life around the world.

Partner Biographies

Miro Cernetig is co-founder of CityAge Media. He utilizes his experience in film, writing and a career covering politics and business to develop strategic marketing and brand strategies with a focus on public policy.

Miro is also an award-winning journalist and filmmaker who has worked across Canada, North America and Asia, serving as The Globe and Mail’s bureau chief in Beijing, New York, Alberta and British Columbia. During his 25-year career Miro has worked in film, print and digital mediums for The Globe and Mail, The CBC, The Toronto Star and The Vancouver Sun. Miro’s writing has also appeared in The New York Times, The Economist and The International Herald Tribune. His TV documentaries have been broadcast
internationally, the most recent being Carbon Hunters, which aired in primetime in Canada, the United States, the United Kingdom, Germany and other countries.

Miro’s work has earned Canada’s highest journalism awards: the National Newspaper Award for international reporting, the Michener Foundation’s citation for meritorious public service journalism, citations from the Canadian Screenwriters Guild, the Gemini foundation, the National and Western Magazine awards and The Globe and Mail’s prestigious Stanley McDowell prize for excellence in writing, awarded by senior editors. Miro lives in Vancouver.

Marc Andrew is co-founder of CityAge Media. Marc uses his experience in government and media to organize events and campaigns that seek to execute and amplify good ideas. Marc most recently launched the Vancouver Energy Roundtable, a series of high-level conferences that were organized to promote the development of the clean technology industry as a major export sector in British Columbia.

Prior to this, Marc worked as a Ministerial Assistant to Minister Colin Hansen in the Ministries of Economic Development and Finance. During that time Marc played a central role in the delivery of the 2010 Vancouver Olympic Games, the Asia-Pacific Initiative, and three provincial budgets.

A graduate of the London School of Economics, Marc has helped to facilitate trade issues between Canada and the European Union in Brussels, and has worked as a writer with The Economist newspaper in London. Marc lives in Vancouver.

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The American Architectural Foundation has been dedicated to advancing the role of architecture and design in American society since its founding in 1943 by the American Institute of Architects.

In its 75 years in existence the Foundation’s work has taken many forms — from educational programming and exhibitions in its early years to large-scale design initiatives and programs —all of which serve to create a rich legacy.

As the managing partner of the Mayors’ Institute on City Design for twenty years, in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts and the United States Conference of Mayors, the Foundation helped move the needle on design and cities. And, through its other signature programs like Save America’s Treasures in partnership with National Parks Service, the Sustainable Cities Design Academy, and Design for Learning, the Foundation has provided critical design leadership training and technical assistance to hundreds of elected officials, education leaders, business leaders, and other key decision makers in the design process.

In recent years, cities and civic leaders have embraced design and design thinking in a way that could not have been imagined when the Foundation begin its work back in 1943 — and AAF’s role in this transformation is a source of great pride for the Foundation. With this increased interest in the role of design in shaping our cities came a proliferation of new organizations to support and facilitate this cultural shift. These advances in the role of design in American society and changes in the nonprofit design sector, coupled with the departure of the organization’s longest-serving CEO, prompted the Foundation’s Board to embark on an intensive and lengthy process to examine the ongoing role and work of the Foundation.

As the Board of Regents reflected on the positive changes of the cultural value of design, the accomplishments of the Foundation, and how the legacy of the Foundation’s work is being carried out by its former staff in new roles and organizations across the country, they reached the conclusion that the American Architectural Foundation had accomplished what it set out to do. As a result, the Foundation began to complete its remaining programs and wind down its operations in the Summer of 2018 and the organization’s endowments have been distributed to allied organizations. The Foundation’s research and reports will remain available on its website as a resource to the field.

The Foundation’s work would not have been possible without the incredible talents of its many staff over the decades, the generous support of its funders, and the tireless dedication of its civic & design partners across the country. The Board remains deeply proud of the significant contributions Foundation has made in its 75-year history and would like to acknowledge that this would not have been possible without the efforts, dedication, and support from so many of you.