What is it about?
Using past metrics to plan future development is appearing to be a redundant model and a very costly one at that. We need to adjust the ongoing planning of our cities to an unknown, but very different future, to provide shock absorbers to change and to flexibly align our development thinking to that unknown future. The paper highlights key areas where changes to development need to be made immediately to align with UN sustainable development goals, climate change initiatives and smart city thinking.
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Why is it important?
We are all waking up to the fact that the world we live in is changing very fast. Technology, business and social structures are rapidly evolving to meet new challenges. But cities are slow to respond. They take time to plan, finance and construct. And by the time they are built they are already out of date. There exists an urgent need to stop wasting resources and finance on business-as-usual planning approaches that have brought us to this rather desperate point.
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This page is a summary of: An outline to futureproofing our cities with ten immediate steps, Proceedings of the Institution of Civil Engineers - Urban Design and Planning, July 2018, ICE Publishing, DOI: 10.1680/jurdp.18.00004.
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