We all grew up thinking that art was important—but it wasn’t at the main table.” Peter Hirshberg of San Francisco Gray Area Art & Technology Center. “That role is changing—almost mischievously so—and art has an enormous role in innovation, in urban design, civic participation, clearly in industry and technology design and, ultimately, in economic development.”

“The single unifying, dominant trend on the globe is urbanization. Beijing and Mumbai are urbanizing so fast they literally can’t breathe the air or drink the water. Can Pittsburgh develop a model of sustainable development that can apply to these rising cities and emerging markets? If you do so, you are going to set off decades of sustainable development and growth that can fuel the world.” Bruce Katz

NEXTpittsburgh editor Tracy Certo contributed to this article.