Half of the world’s population already lives in cities today. According to estimates, this figure will rise to 75% by 2050. The biggest growth in urban centres will be in Asia, Africa and South America. In order to cope with this influx of new residents and to avoid any natural or economic disasters, the cities of the future will have to be resilient, which means they will have to adapt to and resist change. Concepts for ecological cities will minimize the impact of environmental damage caused by urban centres as well as increase people’s quality of life. The city residents themselves will reshape their own urban surroundings by blurring the distinctions between the city and countryside – be it through Urban Gardening or by integrating country practices into their urban lives. This may include forms of communal living reminiscent of farm and village cultures of bygone times. New living concepts are emerging in all kinds of shapes and styles. Flexible forms of cohabitation and homes enable these concepts to adapt to the ever-changing lifestyles of city dwellers. Everyday urban life is made easier by intelligent solutions such as smart traffic lights that regulate the flow of traffic and prevent jams from developing. The smart connection of a city’s residents produces synergy effects – the Collaborative City creates a completely new level of mutual support.
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