How ‘smart’ cities will change the world
Should we be excited about the future of cities? In 2050 the modern metropolis could be made of micro-homes, sensors, and cyber infrastructure. Here are five ways our cities may change…
Designers plan future cities under the ocean
As life on the Earth’s surface becomes increasingly uncertain, Japanese designers propose a radical solution — building new metropolises beneath the waves. Will it ever happen?
Cities on course to get bigger and smarter
The cities of tomorrow are being built today, as architects hurry to house more and more of the world’s population. The future is urban — but will it be greener or gloomier?
More power to cities, say the world’s mayors
Humans have become an urban species. Half of us now live in cities which are often far better run than countries. Could the future belong to powerful city states and their mayors?
Rising tides threaten to sink Earth’s megacities
Experts warn that vast numbers of people living in urban areas are at risk of losing their homes to severe flooding. Must they abandon the cities and seek safety in the hills?
Young priced out of leaving the family home
A new report shows that 26% of young people are choosing to remain with their parents rather than striking out expensively on their own. Is this a crisis, or an opportunity?
‘Visionary’ plan for new cities divides UK
Faced with dramatic population pressures in some areas of Britain, ministers want to build new cities from scratch. But what sort of communities are best suited to life in the future?
Europe’s tallest skyscraper opens for business
For three years, Londoners have watched as a giant structure of concrete and glass rises above the skyline. It is the Shard, Europe’s tallest skyscraper, and tonight it officially opens.
Jubilee street parties bring neighbours together
This weekend, Britain is set to come alive with street parties. The celebrations look back to a time of community spirit – and a sense of neighbourliness many think has been lost.
China goes urban as workers flood into cities
For the first time in history, China’s urban population outnumbers the rural. City living is now the future for the majority of humanity. But what is the appeal of the big smoke?