Institute for the Future (IFTF) just published The Future of Cities, Information, and Inclusion – a ten year forecast map
charts the important intersections between urbanization and digitalization that will shape this global urban experiment, and the key tensions that will arise.
Its an interesting way to look at cities, technology, data and services. The document lays out the elements of in a graphical map, however I found the titles used jargon or phrases that seem non-sensical such as ‘hyperlocal soapboxes’ and ‘pro-poor interfaces’ – I am all for presenting information in exciting and graphical way but wish organisations would spend more time thinking of ways to make it easy to understand for the average person not just educated professionals.
Recently Forum for the Future released a report – Megacities on the Move(pdf) a collaboration with Vodafone, EMBARQ and the FIA Foundation, is a practical toolkit designed to help governments, city authorities and businesses understand the challenges of the future and develop strategies which will allow people to live and travel more sustainably in the major cities of the 21st century.
Stackable electric cars which you can hire all over big cities, a website where you can rent out your vehicle when you’re not using it, lifelike ‘telepresence’ screens which let you talk to people in different countries and feel you’re in the same room – these are just some of today’s innovations which hint at what life may be like in 2040, according to a new report from Forum for the Future.
Megacities on the move argues that cities need to radically reengineer their infrastructures to cope with much larger populations. By 2040 two in three people will live in cities; the world’s urban population will grow from 3.5 billion to 5.6 billion.
During the interview they discuss new cities in Middle East and China along with architectural profession, however the main focus is his new book Makeshift Metropolis: Ideas About Cities which is about American cities.
When Witold is asked about his book - Frederick Law Olmsted, A Clearing in the Distance he gives the following statement that would make any landscape architect smile.
I think that landscape architects, by training and temperament (they are realistic about nature, they take the long view, they understand ecology and human behaviour, etc), can make very good planners, better than city planners, and much better than architects.
An interesting interview and gives some great insight about cities.
Andrés Duany discusses the future of planning and architecture, what students need to know entering the field, agrarian urbanism, the problems with modernist architecture, the potential of vernacular design, and a variety of other topics.
(Video is over 2 hours)