What will our cities look like in the future?

This is the question that Forum for the Future has explored in its Megacities on the move project. The report is a fascinating read. It explores a number of drivers influencing urbanisation and mobility in the future, including climate change, global resource constraints, changing family structures, personal mobility and ubiquitous connectivity. It then outlines four future scenarios:

  • planned-opolis: In a world of fossil fuels and expensive energy, the only solution is tightly planned and controlled urban transport.
  • sprawl-ville: The city is dominated by fossil fuel-powered cars. The elite still gets around, but most urban dwellers face poor transport infrastructure.
  • renew-abad: The world has turned to alternative energy, and high-tech, clean, well-planned transport helps everyone get around.
  • communi-city: The world has turned to alternative energy, and transport is highly personalised with a huge variety of transport modes competing for road space.

The report also outline six solutions for sustainable urban mobility and there is also a guide to using the scenarios in a workshop if you want to explore them further in your organisation. Find out more and download the report.

Last updated at 13:50 Wed 12/Jan/11.
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