Interesting key-notes, engaging panel discussions and parallel sessions, effective matchmaking meetings, and participants from all Nordic countries and beyond, all made sure that the Forum became what we had hoped for: inspiring, innovative and a place for creating new contacts. Can megaprojects help Nordic cities become more competitive in a global perspective? The megaproject investment boom strives from monumentality — political, technological, economic and aesthetic drivers that lead us towards these grand investments. Megaprojects often go bankrupt and in the Nordics we have a few case examples like the Stockholm Arlanda Express airport train and the Copenhagen subway. Bent Flyvbjerg believes that the Nordic cities should not try to compete with having the tallest, longest, largest, most expensive projects but rather keep on doing right things as so far by placing people first in the Nordic city planning. Nordic cities are known to be human sized and according to Flyvbjerg that is their strength.
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The second annual MEGA event, April at the Mar Mikhael historical train station in Beirut, Lebanon, will welcome more than 40 speakers to explore and discuss the development of games for local Arabic audiences, the expansion and investment opportunities for international companies and the value of strong, collaborative relationships between the MENA companies and global firms — and much more. Why MEGA? For overseas companies, meeting local industry players — from games developers and publishers to media and communication organisations — will help in accessing product localisation and gathering insights into the MENA market. Learn more and register today at www.
How one community with ideas, passion and disagreements reinvented their city? Professor Larry Beasley, Former Director of planning for the city of Vancouver explained how they did it in one of the world's best cities. How to turn diversity into advantages? Tuna Tasan-Kok from Delft University engaged the whole audience while trying to give some answers to the most current topics of the day: diversity and social inclusion in cities. Over 40 people participated in the matchmaking session and over 50 short meetings were held at the premises of Nordregio Forum.