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 - Local Tours *Please note that there are no concurrent sessions this day*

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

  • Trade Show Set-Up

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, Awards of Excellence, Tours

  • Trade Show Tear Down

September 28 - Green Infrastructure Charrette and Tours


Keynote Speakers

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Susannah Drake

Founding Principal, DLANDstudio


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


    Ken yeang

      Principal, T. R. Hamzah & Yeang

Rafael Espinal

Council Member, 37 District, New York City



What's new for CitiesAlive 2018?

CitiesAlive® 2018: Brooklyn, our 16th Annual Conference, Trade Show and Awards of Excellence returns to the East Coast at the Marriott by the Brooklyn Bridge and will cover a variety of green infrastructure technologies and strategies. This year’s conference theme will focus on how green infrastructure builds resilience and equity in cities. In order to attract more specifiers to CitiesAlive® next year, we are implementing a number of new ideas:

  • Free trade show access on Tuesday, September 25th and Thursday, September 27th.
  • Programming that is attractive to both novice and advanced designers.
  • Innovative Product Profile speaking opportunities for sponsors and exhibitors.
  • More detailed exhibitor directory in the conference program.
  • Student sponsorship and interactive events to attract future specifiers.
  • Customizable a la carte sponsorship options to maximize value at CitiesAlive®.
  • An Emerging Professionals Day to attract young designers to the industry.
  • This year CitiesAlive will feature expert speakers on additional 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.


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.


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. 

Networking events

CitiesAlive® host multiple offsite networking events to connect with industry professional in a fun and exciting setting such as our Local Host Committee Cruise on the Hudson and the Land8 Happy Hour.

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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: