City Advocacy Forum

80% of the world’s population will live in cities by 2050. In this era of rapidly accelerating urbanization, there is a critical global need to develop and share ideas and policies that advocate for sustainable, resilient, and inclusive high-density urbanism.  

The Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat and its members are in a unique position to create a forum for this dialogue and to gather, record, develop, and advocate innovative practices that address challenges facing cities.

The City Advocacy Forum will take shape as a series of activities, events, and conversations with the ambition to:

1. Identify key topics/challenges facing key global cities, including: 

- Density & urbanization

- Climate resiliency

- Social equity & access

- Housing

2. Gather and record best practices and case studies to address these challenges

3. Foster the exchange of ideas between:

- Mayors & policymakers

- Planning departments

- Private developers & owners

- Consultants 


The output of this yearlong initiative will be:

1. City Advocacy Forum moderated workshops (4 total)

These invitation-only half-day workshops, occurring in tandem with each of the CTBUH regional conferences and the international conference, will enable policymakers to share key challenges and best-practice solutions aligned with the conference themes (see "Milestones" tab for conference dates and themes). Additional invitations to the workshop may include local policymakers and developers.  

2. City Advocacy Forum panel discussions (4 total)

These public panel discussions will also take place in conjunction with the CTBUH regional conferences and the international conference and align with conference themes.

3. City Advocacy Forum documentation

At the conclusion of the workshops and panel discussions, CTBUH will publish "Future Cities: Sustainable Urban Growth Guide," which will include:

- Case studies on key issues (density, resiliency, equity, housing, etc.)

- Policy recommendations

- Advocacy plan


About the Funding Partners


City Advocacy Forum 02 (Opening Panel), CTBUH 2024 Europe Conference

Thursday, 18 April 2024 | Ziraat Tower, Istanbul International Finance Center, Atatürk Mahallesi, 34758 Ataşehir | Istanbul

The second public event of our new City Advocacy Forum, this moderated panel discussion with urban leaders from Istanbul, Paris, Oslo, Tirana, and London (see "Speakers" below) will take shape as the opening session of the CTBUH 2024 Europe Conference. The initiative, which explores and establishes innovative practices that address key topics, challenges, and opportunities facing global cities today, will continue to materialize throughout the year in a series of activities, events, conversations, and case studies that gather, record, and develop critical information and data, enabling participants to address challenges, leverage opportunities, and effectively advocate for policies in their own cities and regions. Key topics to be explored include:  

- Density & urbanization

- Climate resiliency

- Social equity & access

- Housing


General Director, Bimtas Inc.
Istanbul, Türkiye

Furkan Demirci

Chairman of the Board
Istanbul, Türkiye
Adviser, Storm Samfunn v. Stormhuset
Oslo, Norway
Urban Planning and Development Director, Municipality of Tirana
Tirana, Albania
Curator in Chief, New London Architecture
London, United Kingdom