Half of the world’s population now lives in cities. By 2050, this figure is predicted to rise up to 75%. The largest movements towards urban centres are taking place in Asia, Africa and Latin America.
In order to match this growth in new inhabitants and survive any natural disasters or infrastructural malfunctions, cities of the future will have to be resilient, adaptable and resistant. Modern urban planning is redirecting its focus back towards people’s needs in an attempt to boost the quality of life in cities.
New living concepts are emerging that move beyond the standardized model of three rooms, a kitchen and a bathroom. Flexible housing units adapt to the different phases of city dwellers’ lives. Urban life is made easier by connected solutions. For example, smart traffic lights control the flow of traffic and prevent lengthy jams from developing. At the same time, mobility solutions dotted around the city in all dimensions make life more efficient.
Things are happening outside the city too. Companies and private initiatives are founding their own settlements, while former city dwellers are revitalizing rural areas with innovative infrastructure solutions and creative, urban concepts. The previous limits to physical space are being expanded by innovative concepts – such as those under water and in space.