First, Swiss-born Canadian filmmaker and explorer Bernard Weber asked the world to determine what the seven wonders of our world today are in the New7Wonders of the World contest. More than 100 million votes were cast, as the world’s citizens put famed sites like Chichen Itza, Machu Picchu and the Colosseum at the top of the list.
Then, he launched a campaign in 2011 to find the New7Wonders of the natural world, with nature’s best attractions like the Amazon, Komodo Island and Iguazu Falls winning the most votes from around the planet.
Now, he wants your vote to determine what the seven greatest cities on this planet are.
Weber launched the New7Wonders Cities contest on the same day the results of the New7Wonder of Nature campaign were revealed. An initial list of 77 cities has been narrowed down to 28 finalists, with just one Canadian city – Vancouver – making the latest cut.
People from around the planet can cast their vote for what they think of the most amazing city on Earth by visiting cities.n7w.com.
Other finalists include Athens, Chicago, Istanbul, Perth and Mexico City.
Weber hopes the cities campaign will highlight the mass urbanization occurring around the planet.
“For the first time in history, a majority of the global population now lives in cities. From the great historical cities of Jerusalem, Venice and Kyoto, to the alpha world cities of London, Paris, New York, Mumbai and Shanghai, urban living has enriched human society,” Weber said in a press release. “Given these dramatic developments, New7Wonders Cities will become a catalyst for discussing everything from urban planning to metropolitan governance, from tourism to architecture. This campaign is going to be very much in touch with the Zeitgeist and I am very excited about its potential to generate energy and ideas.”
Voting for the New7Wonders Cities campaign will run through July 2014.