Adapting, evolving and sustaining our cities of the future
Over the last century, rapid urbanisation has seen a dramatic increase in the percentage of the world's population living in cities – from just 14 per cent, to over 50 per cent. This figure is set to rise even further over the coming decades. The flow of people to cities has been driven by factors including: access to better housing, greater employment opportunities, and improved living standards.
The cities of 2050 will look very different to the way they do now, as they grow and evolve at a rapid pace. While the coming decades hold great promise, they come with challenges, decisions and risks. Those who lead and manage our cities must decide how they are serviced, planned and integrated. They must embrace new ways of thinking – to ensure our cities are connected, inclusive, liveable, productive and sustainable.