Presentation Title

Cities of the Future

Format of Presentation

15-minute lecture to be presented the Saturday of the conference

Location

IB 1015

Start Date

24-3-2018 3:00 PM

End Date

24-3-2018 3:15 PM

Abstract

Fifty-four percent of the world’s population currently lives in urban areas. This is expected to increase to 66% by the middle of this century. There were ten “mega cities” in 1990 with 10 million or more inhabitants; there were 28 in 2014, and by 2030 it is projected that there will be 41. Mega cities as well as cities of all sizes will be forced to adapt to the relentless movement of people from rural to urban areas. How can cities absorb such a projected influx of population while continuing to provide quality services to their populations? The urban infrastructure will be put to the test. This paper examines the evolution of cities over the last century and looks at how they are preparing to face these future challenges. It reviews the leading technologies and innovative solutions that are proposed to help cities of the future to be more sustainable, efficient and smart.

Department

Geography and Environmental Studies

Faculty Advisor

Gilles Viaud

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Cities of the Future

IB 1015

Fifty-four percent of the world’s population currently lives in urban areas. This is expected to increase to 66% by the middle of this century. There were ten “mega cities” in 1990 with 10 million or more inhabitants; there were 28 in 2014, and by 2030 it is projected that there will be 41. Mega cities as well as cities of all sizes will be forced to adapt to the relentless movement of people from rural to urban areas. How can cities absorb such a projected influx of population while continuing to provide quality services to their populations? The urban infrastructure will be put to the test. This paper examines the evolution of cities over the last century and looks at how they are preparing to face these future challenges. It reviews the leading technologies and innovative solutions that are proposed to help cities of the future to be more sustainable, efficient and smart.