1. THE CITY OF THE FUTURE
2. Today’s City
Characteristics of Today’s City:
Mostly congested with higher population density
Multicultural & diverse, with few spots of discrimination
More advanced but inadequate amenities and services:
Transport, energy, sanitation, hospitals, schools recreational centres
Proximity to key assets, infrastructure and services
Lots of interaction between inhabitants and businesses
Inefficient use of meagre resources
3. City of the Future
Resources are overstretched because of a surge in the population of current
cities that has been experienced over the past two decades, especially in
The city of the future will:
Provide sustainable, comfortable living and social equality
Reduce congestion, and strain on meagre resources
4. City of the Future
I envision that the city of the future will have architectural structures, designs and
infrastructure already existing today, but with improvements that will make buildings
and environment more spacious and robust enough to accommodate populations
without feeling the need for expansion.
Designs will also be flexible and in readiness for constant change to allow for future
expansion at low cost if and when needed. City administration will design and
provide people-friendly intelligent streets and services.
Socially there will be
tolerance, every inhabitant of the city will be cared for and have a sense of
Stricter environmental regulations, entry regulations, planning codes and policies will
ensure these designs and initiatives are sustainable.
We are constantly innovating - seeking to increase comfort and improving our lives. We thus
change our environments to suit our demands, needs and lifestyle. Then we adapt….innovate,
improve and change again
5. City of the Future: Built Environment - Design, Infrastructure & Amenities
Full adoption surveillance
technology for crime
prevention and to provide
security to inhabitants
Most of the city’s energy
will come from renewable
energy sources such as
Solar, wind and tidal
energy (for coastal cities).
Machines and equipment
will run on less energy.
Water will be recycled and
also sourced directly from
rain via roof ducts.
With less land available for
landfill, and waste storage.
popular, waste will reduce, be
recycled more and converted
to resources e.g. energy
efficient clean modular designs
with natural light & ventilation
and low dependency on
friendly and low-cost building
materials, energy efficient
buildings, prefab, elastic and
Need for ‘fresh air’, open
spaces. Interaction with
nature, green spaces,
people friendly social
spaces & leisure parks.
Traffic free zones.
Improved transportation networks,
energy efficient means of transport;
less CO2 emitting vehicles, less private
transport with >97% of transportpublic, buses and trains, more city
bikes and bike lanes
City plan & design is driven by sustainability, reduction of carbon footprints, communication, energy
and resource efficiency, interaction with nature and ethical & healthy living
6. City of the Future: Population & Demography
There will be increased migration from rural areas into the city, by people who want a
better life and exposure especially in developing countries.
Most inhabitants in the city will be within the working age: i.e. 15-64years, openminded and professional.
7. City of the Future: Population & Demography
With advancements in technology, there is efficient travel network to drive or fly great distances;
faster interconnectivity and mobility for instant communication via different media with people
all over the world. – This reduces the importance of living in the city. So more people will find
ways to work from home, either through remote employment, internet-based businesses and
may seek quieter locations and migrate outside cities.
I envision that population growth in the city will be steady and only happen with immigration.
Our relationship with the physical community and need for ‘proximity’ to city will change as we
work, study and shop from home. Thus reducing the burden on and demand for the city’s
8. City of the Future: Society, Inhabitants & Their Interactions
With migration, more acceptability and
tolerance for one another, the city of the
future is multicultural and diverse,
inhabitants are made up of a mixture of
people from different ethnic groups,
cultures and social status.
The basic economic opportunities are
available to all. Coming up with solutions
and ideas will require multi-disciplinary
specialists in a given field. With much of
the population gainfully employed,
insecurity is reduced to a bearable
9. City of the Future: Society, Inhabitants & Their Interactions
There will be social equality and equal opportunity for all as city administrators and leaders
become accountable and politically correct, people will equally demand fairness, justice and
better quality of life, leading to enhanced collaboration and mutual respect for one another.
There will be transparency, and communication such that lines will be blurred between
administrators and citizens.
The needs of citizens will be supported through advanced social programs, healthcare and
education. All these will have a knock-on effect, and ensure peaceful and safe environments
since almost everyone would be catered for.
10. City of the Future: Society, Inhabitants & Their Interactions
The city is intelligent, interactive and feels alive as it caters to needs of people. Rather than
people adapting to the city, the city would be fluid and adaptable to the changes in people’s
needs and their demands. Through advanced technology complex systems become available to
help in day-to-day life.
11. The City of the Future, will focus more on people and social issues, ensuring
life is better for all regardless of their social status or culture…