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How do you Envision the City of the Future?

IE International MBA Essay 2013: How do you envision the city of the future?

Rebecca Parsy

on 1 May 2013

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How do you Envision the City of the Future? Rapid Population Growth Globalisation Depletion of Natural Resources The City of the Future will Answer Today's Challenges The City of the Future will be... Connected Efficient Sustainable Green Pollution IE International MBA 2013 Essay: By Rébecca Parsy Green Sustainable Connected Efficient parks and water will become a focal point for cities with a focus on renewable energy, cities will begin to power themselves an electronic network will be deployed to all facets of a city, connecting its residents to its services capable of handling a growing population As our globe's natural resources begin disappearing, cities must face the challenge and sustain themselves. Renewable energy sources, such as wind turbines, solar panels, and bio-gas created from sewage will appear.

Different agricultural systems such as agricultural plots within the city will reduce the distance food has to travel from "field to fork". (The New Ecologist, 2010) Buildings will be self sufficient, able to produce energy, recycle waste and measure their carbon footprint. To decrease congestion and supplement energy, cities will introduce electric cars that charge with solar panels on the roof and pump excess energy into the grid while parked. (Popsci.com) The development of technology has flourished in recent years and has played a major role in communication. In the future, our devices will assist us in our daily life and allow us to be permanently connected. and this... As commerce becomes more global, other aspects of our lives will follow and our world will become truly one. Like this... In 2050, 80% of the world's Gross Domestic Product (GDP) will come from urban environments. To reach this level cities will need to become more efficient in daily activities. (Pesigan, 2013) Urban environments will become 'smart', with increased public transportation that provides efficient routes and interactive assistance. Inhabitants will live with revolutionary services, requiring minimal time and effort. Imagine having your city show you how to most efficiently go about your day. In the 21st century, the world’s urban centres are now aiming to cut 80% of CO2 emissions. Cities must turn Green in order to increase the air quality. (Amazingly Green Cities of the Future) In addition to air quality, Green spaces also have a vital role to play in improving drainage, helping combat global warming and improving health. Parks not only assist the environment, but also stimulate the recreation and tourism industries. Further, Green space promotes outdoor social interaction, sporting activities and relaxation. Bibliography Pollution is already one of the biggest global killers and will become the biggest cause of premature death, killing an estimated 3.6 million people a year by 2050. (Development, 2012) If no global actions are taken quickly:

- Global Greenhouse Gas Emissions will rise by 50%
- Energy related CO2 emissions will increase by 70%
- Global average temperature will exceed the maximum internationally
agreed level by the end of the century (Development, 2012) By 2050, the world population is estimated to increase from 7 billion today to 9 billion people.

According to the United Nations 70% of the world's population will be living in an urban environment by 2050. (Pesigan, 2013) The proportion of the global population living in cities has increased dramatically in the past century. In 1900, 15% of the population lived in an urban environment. (Pesigan, 2013) Today, 52% of the world is urban.
In 2025, this will increase to 60%.
(Pesigan, 2013) By 2025, 1.8 billion people will be living in countries or regions with absolute water scarcity. (Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations) Total global oil at the end of 2010 was at 188.8 million tons. This is only enough oil for the next 46.2 years, should global production remain at the current rate.

At the end of 2010, there was only enough gas to meet 58.6 years of global production. (British Petroleum (BP), 2011) Without phosphorus, plants cannot grow. Scientists predict we could run out of phosphorus in 50 to 100 years unless new reserves of the element are found. (Global Phosphorus Research Initiative, 2011) Globalisation is an inevitable phenomenon in human history that's been bringing the world closer through the exchange of goods and products, information, knowledge and culture. (The World Bank) It is prevalent that countries are exporting more goods globally:

- The value of world exports of commercial services rose by 11% in 2011
- 15% increase in Europe’s exports of manufactured goods in 2011
- US exports of food in 2011 reached US$ 131 bn
- India’s exports of agricultural products in 2011 increased by 49%
(World Trade Organization, 2012) Declining resources, climate change and growing urban populations will transform the cities of the future. But what will these urban centres actually look like? Conclusion We are confronted with many challenges today that must be faced in order to leave a better world for the generations to come. It is our responsibility to find innovative solutions to improve the quality of our environment and replenish our energy consumption. Through Green space and renewable energy these needs can be met. As technology continues to develop, the city of the future will become more efficient and permanently connected. Allowing urban residents the ability to instantaneously access all parts of their world. Green, Sustainable, Connected, and Efficient is how I envision the City of the Future. Image courtesy of (Popsci.com) Image courtesy of (http://planetgreenrecycle.com/) Image courtesy of (http://www.standard.co.uk/) Image courtesy of (tower.arcadia.edu) Image courtesy of (www.bbc.com) Image courtesy of (raredelights.com) (Watch your day in 2020, 2011) (Watch your day in 2020, 2011) (Watch your day in 2020, 2011) (Tesco: Homeplus Subway Virtual Store, 2011) Image courtesy of (http://www.asce.org/) Image courtesy of (raredelights.com) Image courtesy of (www.examiner.com) (Microsoft's Concept of How 2019 Will Look Like, 2011) (Microsoft's Concept of How 2019 Will Look Like, 2011) (Appel, 2012) Image courtesy of (architecture-view.com) Microsoft's Concept of How 2019 Will Look Like (2011). [Motion Picture].

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Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations. (n.d.). Retrieved 04 30, 2013, from United Nations: http://www.un.org/waterforlifedecade/scarcity.shtml

Global Phosphorus Research Initiative. (2011, November 17). Global Phosphorus Research Initiative. Retrieved from Sustainable PHosphorus Futures: http://phosphorusfutures.net/

Pesigan, D. A. (2013, January 22). Retrieved from Recovery Platform: http://www.recoveryplatform.org/assets/meetings_trainings/irf2013/IRF2013/Presentations/Special%20Reports-Urban%20Health%20Risk.pdf

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