CitiesAlive 2018: Brooklyn

Green Infrastructure, Designing the Future of Resilience

What is the future of our city regions? Will they be unbearably hot and regularly flooded by intense rains and high tides?  Will they be increasingly unhealthy and more divided between 'us and them'?  Will there be a lack of green space and job opportunities? Will there even be bird song?

CitiesAlive® provides green infrastructure solutions to urban challenges by bringing together design professionals and policy makers. Discover cutting edge design projects, policy developments, new research, and innovative products that are shaping a better, more resilient future. 

Returning to the East Coast, CitiesAlive®, Annual Green Infrastructure Conference will take place in Brooklyn, New York September 24-28. This year's conference will profile leading edge living architecture and green infrastructure technology and strategies suited to New York's unique characteristics and challenges through a trade show exhibition, and a variety of tours, technical sessions, and workshops. This year's theme is Green Infrastructure, Designing the Future of Resiliency. CitiesAlive® 2018  will explore topics like urban agriculture, vertical forests, coastal greening, green finance, new regulations, performance metrics, research, integrated stormwater capture and reuse and more.

Key Dates:

September 24 - Board Meetings, Local Tours *Please note that there are no concurrent sessions this day*

September 25 - Emerging Professionals Day: Training, Committee Meetings, Opening Plenary, Free Trade Show, Trade Show Reception, Land8 Happy Hour

  • Trade Show Set-Up (12 pm - 5:00 pm)

September 26 - Keynotes, Concurrent Sessions, Trade Show Reception and Free Trade Show, Sightseeing Social on the Hudson

September 27 - Keynotes, Concurrent Sessions, Free Trade Show, Trade Show Luncheon, Awards of Excellence, Sunset Sips: The Rooftop Farm Mixer, Tours

  • Trade Show Tear Down (3:15 pm)

September 28 - Local Tours


Keynote Speakers

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Laura Starr

Founding Principal,
Starr Whitehouse


President & CEO, New York Convention Center Operating Corporation, Javits Center

Ken yeang

Directing Principal, 
T. R. Hamzah & Yeang

Fernando Ortiz Monasterio

Director, Vertical Verde

Susannah Drake

Founding Principal,

Rafael Espinal

Council Member, 37 District, New York City


What's New and Exciting for CitiesAlive 2018?

There are many customizable registration options are available to maximize your time and value at CitiesAlive® so come for the whole conference, a day, half a day, or register for training or for one of our special events.  We have a wide range of programming that is attractive to both novice and advanced designers, researchers, industry professionals, and policy makers:

  • Learn directly from award winning internationally-renowned designers, like eco-starchitect, Ken Yeang in intimate “In the Design Studio With” sessions.

  • Be inspired by outstanding keynote speakers that are driving policy, like Council Member Rafael Espinal, and designers like Laura Starr, Starr Whitehouse and Ken Yeang, T.R. Hamzah & Yeang who are working on amazing projects like the Big U in NYC and Greening Skyscrapers.  

  • Work on getting your GRP accreditation or take in new training courses and workshops, including Valuing the Benefits of Green Infrastructure, Rooftop Farming, The Living Architecture Performance Tool Workshop, and the Biophilic Design Workshop on Tues. 25

  • Enjoy fantastic networking opportunities like the LAND 8 Happy Hour on Tues 25; the Site Seeing Social Hudson Dinner and Cruise on Wed 26; and Sunset Sips Dinner at Brooklyn Grange on Thurs 27.  

  • Advance your career by joining one of our “On the Roof With” sessions with experts that explore real world topics like excellence in waterproofing, overcoming obstacles to implementing green roof projects in cities, and how to maximize biodiversity and urban food production with green infrastructure.

  • Join one of our fabulous tours, to sites like the Etsy Headquarters, the High Line, and the Kingsland Wildflowers Green Roof.

  • Learn how to raise funds for your project with PACE financing or through the grant programs of the Department of Environmental Protection.

  • Take in the knowledge of expert speakers and peer-reviewed research papers on a wide range of green infrastructure topics such as shoreline protection, integrated stormwater management with parks and urban forestry. 

CitiesAlive® conference training courses are approved for up to 7 CEUs by AIA CES, APLD, BOMI, RCI and LA CES.
® conference sessions are pending approval for up to 11.5 CEUs by AIA CES, APLD, BOMI, RCI and LA CES.


Networking events

CitiesAlive® host multiple offsite networking events to connect with industry professional in a fun and exciting setting such as our Sightseeng Social on the Hudson, Sunset Sips: The Rooftop Farm Mixer and the Land8 Happy Hour.


Enhance your professional development with cutting edge training opportunities in a variety of green roof and wall subjects taught by North America's leading experts. Earn Continuing Education Units. 


CitiesAlive® 2018 includes over 80 North American, local, and international expert-led presentations including exciting keynote speakers, "In the Design Studio With", "On the Roof With" and "Innovative Product Profile" sessions.

                                                                                                                                                                                              Photo Credit: Brooklyn Marriott

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VENUE Information

CitiesAlive® will take place at the beautiful and conveniently located New York Marriott by the Brooklyn Bridge and attendees are offered a special rate of $309 for a Deluxe Room (double and single). To take advantage of our special rate, please book below or call
1-718-246-7000 and mention that you're with CitiesAlive® .


CitiesAlive 2018 is proudly presented by: