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Top Ten Urban Innovations

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Top Ten Urban Innovations

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With rapid urbanization comes overload of existing infrastructure, here are some solutions for city living.

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By 2050, the United Nations predicts, as many people will live in cities as lived on the planet in total in 2002. Hot spots for pollution, diseases, poverty and more, cities also bring the potential for alleviating these issues. This paper by the World Economic Forum’s Global Agenda Council on the Future of Cities presents creative, urban-centered solutions to some of the most pressing global problems. getAbstract recommends this easily comprehensible paper to policy makers, activists and anyone who gets excited by visionary ideas.


Today’s cities struggle with pollution, poverty and too much traffic, and their resource consumption is already unsustainable. But cities are also creative hubs. These “10 urban innovations” are examples of how cities can be at the forefront of solving global problems:

  1. “(Digitally) Re-Programmable Space” – Cities are “repurposing” existing space; Melbourne, for example, has created high-density living spaces near tranportation hubs. In the future, digitally configurable buildings could be multipurpose.
  2. “An Internet of Pipes” – Smart water grids can reduce wastewater and...

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