Cities are experiencing an accelerating pace of urbanisation and growing in complexity. The UN estimates that 55% of the global population lives in urban areas – a figure that is projected to rise to 68% by 2050. With a few exceptions, cities are expected to become bigger and more numerous. What does the future hold for them — and all of us — in this scenario? Many are competing to be the most liveable for their people, and to do so in a sustainable manner. All face 5 major challenges, including competing uses for land space and rising pollution. Successful ones are finding the value of close interaction and effective collaboration among the public, private and people sectors. All over, urban planners, governments and developers are increasingly interested in making cities “liveable”.
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