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Our latest insights and ideas in a fast changing and uncertain world

Our latest insights and ideas in a fast changing and uncertain world

Josef Hargrave
Global Foresight Leader
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Towards regenerative design

Over half of the global population live in cities, which consume 75% of natural resources and produce 50% of global waste. Towards a net-positive future, regeneration design calls for a rethink to the way we design and construct the built environment to improve societal resilience, restore planetary health and regenerate ecological systems.

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The future of urban agriculture

It is predicted that food production across the world will need to increase by around 25% by 2050. At the same time, it is estimated that 80% of all food will be consumed in cities by 2050. Future cities will therefore be a key player in the production and consumption of food. But how cities will manage the growing demand for food is as yet unclear.

What will the world look like in 2050?

We live in a world characterised by increasing complexity and uncertainty. Climate change, biodiversity loss and resource scarcity threaten future generations. Meanwhile, digital technology, urbanisation and changing demographics will continue to transform communities, business and economies. So what will our world look like in 2050? Which world do we want?

What are the key climate change issues shaping our cities?

Climate change is the greatest threat facing humanity. The earth’s rising temperature is closely interconnected with the health of our oceans.

How can we replenish our urban systems?

A fundamental rethink of how we design, develop and inhabit our urban environments is needed. How can we replenish spaceship Earth?

Seven trends that will shape cities in 2019

Economic, social and political shifts have seen rulebooks discarded and old assumptions cast aside. Technology too has evolved rapidly: visibly in the case of Tesla’s Gigafactory or Amazon’s drone deliveries, and more subtly in the proliferation of blockchain or advances in robotics. And of course, our climate has continued to change, both violently and quietly, but perhaps no longer surprisingly. We bring together our predictions for the greatest trends in the built environment for 2019.

Case study: A sustainable vision for The Urban Tech Republic

How can we create a sustainable vision for decommissioned airport facilities?

Meet the technologies reshaping the built environment

How will emerging technologies allow designers, architects and engineers to fully optimise the design of the built environment? Among the new technologies that will together deliver this vision are “Smart Dust” sensing equipment and future communications infrastructure supplied by Bluetooth 5.0 and 5G internet.

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Future of Urban Mobility

By the year 2030, 60% of the world’s population will live in urban areas. What could the future of sustainable and seamless urban mobility look like?

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Future of Lighting

What role will urban lighting play in future cities? As our cities get bigger, they will need more energy to keep running. To meet this demand, cities will need efficient and resilient new approaches to how lighting works.

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Major trends driving change in the built environment

Are our cities climate-ready? How much does your lifestyle cost the earth? What if your city runs out of water? Drivers of Change examines the major questions and global issues driving the future of our cities.