How are we going to plan the cities of the future?

With the Sustainable Development Goals under discussion and Habitat III on the horizon, we are arriving at a pivotal moment for the future of cities. As that most ubiquitous of statistics tells us, more than half of us globally now live in urban areas. This figure is projected to increase to 70% by 2050. And where will the majority of this expansion take place? In cities of the global south.

It is too early to say how far these events will shape international and domestic urban development trends. Urban poverty has gained a much more visible place in policy agendas in recent years. However this has coincided with a period of income polarisation and increased inequality during economic recession and stagnation in many places. The same can also be said for the economies that have thrived during this time.

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