In the next future pressing
environmental issues will force
us to reduce Co2 emissions
• The mobility model we have today won't work
• Providing clean energy for such a fastly growing
population is impossible. What's the solution?
By 2050, 8 billion people will live in
cities or in a day travel distance
Future cities will cut energy consumption opting for
sustainable design solutions.
Passive design takes advantage of
daylight, breeze and sunshine to
provide light, heat and cool buildings.
In dispersed cities we are more
dependent on transports. As the
cost of providing public transport is
higher, cars are dominant.
Dense, mixed use neighborhoods
reduce significantly the carbon
Green infrastructure use
vegetation, soils, and
natural processes to
manage water and create
healthier urban spaces.
They connect us to the
environment and allow soil
and carbon sequestration.
Sustainable materials will be
used more and more. They
over their whole life cycle,
from the extraction until the
What' s the way to a
Car dependency will be
replaced by integrated
systems that use real time
data to optimize personal
mobility on a massive scale.
Similar systems have been
devised for Curitiba and
The key to
Computational processes (e.g.
genetic algorithms) can
associate the architectural
properties of more elements of a
design. Applied to urban
planning, parametric design
allows to connect the city with
Technology will also ease the transit from the
current comsuption model to a collaborative
one. The surplus capacity will be turned into
Is this what we should
Truth is we risk to have
two worlds in one..
By 2030, 2 billion people
will be squatters.
These people are going out
of poverty as fast as they
can, upgrading the slums
they live in.
What this implies is that, in
order to achieve social
will be prefered to
According to Un-Habitat City Prosperity Index, prosperity comes from the balance of more dimentions...
• Quality of life
• Equity and
Capital investment, formal/informal employment, inflation, trade,
savings, export/import, household income/consumption
Education, health, safety, social capital, public space
Infrastructure (connection to services, waste management, knowledge/
health/transport infrastructure), housing (building materials, living
Air quality, Co2 emissions, energy and indoor pollution
Inequality of income/consumption, social/gender inequality of
access to services and infrastructure
WE CAN'T FORESEE FUTURE...BUT IT IS OUR DUTY TO
DRIVE THE CHANGE
IN THE DIRECTION OF A SHARED PROSPERITY IN WORLDWIDE
UN-HABITAT is the lead United
Nations agency responsible for
promoting socially and
human settlements development
and the achievement of adequate
shelter for all.
The Enhanced Normative and
• Effective advocacy, monitoring and
• Participatory planning,
management and governance
• Access to land and housing for all
• Environmentally sound basic urban
• Strengthened human settlements
"There is a sense of great
opportunity and hope that a
new world can be
built" (Habitat Agenda)