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The future of cities - opportunities, challenges and the way forward

The majority of the global population currently live in urban areas, and this is expected to increase in the future.

The importance and role of cities is increasing recognised - the future of cities will greatly impact all of our futures.

Our report "The future of cities - opportunities, challenges and the way forward" highlights the main challenges faced by cities and the people living within them currently and towards the future.

It also discusses some of the tools cities can use to face those challenges.

It covers, among other issues:

  • environmental impact
  • ageing
  • health
  • housing
  • social segregation
  • new forms of governance
  • mobility

Key findings

An ageing Europe will struggle with challenges related both to growing populations in some cities and declining populations in others.

New technologies will transform how people move, live, work, and interact with authorities within cities.

These technologies will need to be interoperable, integrated, and implemented in an inclusive way to benefit people and the functioning of cities.

Housing in cities will have to be rethought to create efficient, affordable, and inclusive neighbourhoods within the constraints of existing infrastructure.

Cities are essential hubs for achieving global goals such as sustainability.

When they act together they have immense potential to tackle several challenges simultaneously.

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The future of cities - opportunities, challenges and the way forward