Smart cities tackling cities turning point more of the same is not enough

Thumbnail Image
Journal Title
Journal ISSN
Volume Title
Children born today may live until 2100. Cities must be prepared for them. How should that be done? And how new paradigms and new basis of city life should be combined with the struggle to overcome current crisis? Our solidarity with new generations obliges us to change. Changes should include new political approaches, new technologies, new concepts and new paradigms. Energy, agriculture, transportation, green space, regional development, urban design and housing, will all need to change. We are now living an ecological overshoot, consuming more resources than the planet can replace, dredging down the stock of natural resources. Assuming present trends, the World in 2030 will have 14% more population and will need 50% more food, 45% more energy and 30% more water. It’s no longer bearable the unquestionable fact that “we are living as if we have an extra planet at our disposal. We are using 50% more resources than Earth can provide. Unless we change course that number will grow very fast – by 2030, even two planets will not be enough” ¹. Society is at a turning point, the transition from the end of the Industrial Age to the New Age. The progression was from Agropolis to Petropolis. Now the transition is from Petropolis to Ecopolis. During Agropolis and Petropolis the rhythm of innovation allowed long term experimentation. Now innovation shall be tested during a few times.
Quality of Space – Quality of Life : Planning for Urban Needs of diverse timeframes. 2nd AESOP European Urban Summer School 2011, Lisbon
All rights reserved