Future of Cities

Wednesday 1st February 2017

Following on from the main 2015 Future Agenda programme, last year we undertook additional Future of Cities events in Singapore, Beirut and Guayaquil.

Future of Cities

Exploring not only key current challenges and aspirations but also emerging issues, the insights from these and other discussions have all now been synthesized into a single summary. This document brings together views from a wide range of experts from the 2016 workshops as well as previous events in London, Vienna, Dubai, Delhi and Christchurch. Together it provides an overview of three common challenges, three shared ambitions and three emerging concerns that were highlighted in our multiple discussions.

Given the complex, interconnected nature of the drivers of change in cities, it is no surprise that there are hundreds of different reports already published exploring future trends either globally or locally. While this summary may overlap with a number of these reports, it is not intended to be a single answer to the future cities question. Rather it is, we hope, a mapping of the landscape, highlighting the core issues raised for today and tomorrow and pointing to potential areas for further exploration.

As we go forward with further workshops during 2017 planned in London, Toronto, Dubai and Mumbai, we will be delving deeper into some of the key issues, challenging assumptions and hopefully identify new approaches and sources of innovation. We will also be sharing a full report that adds extra context and detail gained from both the insights shared to date and the new ones added during 2017.

If you would like to join in some of the forthcoming events, do let us know. Equally if you have any comments and feedback on the views in this summary, please do feel free add them into the mix via slide-sharelinked-intwitter or email. This is an initial summary that will have gaps and alternative views that may well need modification in order to better represent a global view. We thank all those who have given up time to contribute to the workshops to date and to all those will be adding in their views going forward. 

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