Lessons from the Frontline: What the Destruction of Cities Can Teach Us About Our Urban Future


The devastation of architecture is an unfortunate by-product of conflict in war-torn countries.

Michael Ware is all too familiar with the destruction of cities having served one of the longest continuous stints of any western journalist during the Iraq War.

A passionate urbanist, Ware’s experiences from his time in the war-torn Middle East have given him a unique perspective on what urban warfare can teach us about how we shape the future of our cities.

We’re thrilled to have Ware join the Urbanity ’18 program offering his rare insights from the perspective of an award-winning Australian war correspondent and Emmy Award-nominated documentary filmmaker.

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Ware’s decade long stint in Afghanistan and Iraq reporting for TIME and CNN saw him spending up to 11 months of the year with a war zone for a backyard. Image: Time

In his time as a foreign correspondent with TIME and as Baghdad bureau chief for CNN, Ware witnessed whole neighbourhoods levelled by targeted explosions, causing the destruction of marketplaces, hospitals and the homes of innocent city inhabitants.

A passionate urbanist, Michael exclusively joins The Urban Developer founder Adam Di Marco at Urbanity to reflect upon what his experience of urban warfare can teach us about the shape of cities into the future.

This is a not-to-be-missed session for anyone with an interest in the interface of humanity and urbanism. To learn more about Urbanity and secure your place click here.

Our panellists will join more than 50 speakers at Urbanity ’18. Learn more about speakers, topics, social events, workshops, site tours or tickets by clicking here.

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