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Our selection of videos on this month's theme: The future of cities.


Predictions for the Cities of the Future
It’s estimated that over two thirds of our population will be living in urban areas by 2050. Our cities are going to have to adapt. With significant technological improvements to infrastructure, we’re likely to see a huge change in the way we interact with our urban environment. Artificial intelligence and the Internet of Things will allow cities to become more intelligent and potentially think like a human brain. Here are Innovate UK’s predictions for the cities of the future.


Social Mobility, Immobility and the Future of Cities (Festival of the Future City 2017)
The British love the idea of social mobility, but Britain fails to make it a reality for many today. Cities have traditionally been the beating heart of the change, dynamism and social mixing that genuine social mobility requires. But is that still the case? What can our country and our cities do? How confident are we that major cities, led by strong leaders, can make the major change happen? Torsten Bell, Anna Dixon, Paul Gregg, Marvin Rees and Kit de Waal discuss the issues.


In ‘The Future of Cities,’ innovative responses to urban issues
More than 31 cities around the globe with populations of more than 10 million people are considered megacities. As the number of city dwellers increases, so do problems like overcrowding, pollution, housing and aging infrastructure. The online mini-documentary, “The Future of Cities,” explores the ways citizens are mobilizing to address these issues.


Kigalis bold vision for 2020
“The City of the future!” – Kigalis bold 2020 Vision


Adding vocabulary to the city's story: Richard Palmer at TEDxCapeTown City2.0
Richard is an engineer by training, a consultant by profession and an ecologist at heart. In the real world he is employed by the WSP Group to offer design advice on green buildings and urban sustainability.


DLDcities 2012 Conference
The conference tackled the topic of sustainable urbanization and tried to discover how to build "smarter" cities for a better future.


SWITCH: the city of the future
This presentation was developed under the EC funded SWITCH project by ICLEI. It explains the importance of water management in urban planning.


Kent Larson: Brilliant designs to fit more people in every city
How can we fit more people into cities without overcrowding? Kent Larson shows off folding cars, quick-change apartments and other innovations that could make the city of the future work a lot like a small village of the past.


Floating cities
Floating cities proposed as havens of future happiness


Future Cities
This video discusses how cities may change in the face of uncertain future food, energy and water supplies.


Paul Romer: Why the world needs charter cities
How can a struggling country break out of poverty if it's trapped in a system of bad rules? Economist Paul Romer unveils a bold idea: "charter cities," city-scale administrative zones governed by a coalition of nations.


Thinking Cities, Networked Society - Ericsson
The documentary 'Thinking Cities' deals with one of the most dramatic societal trends happening today: urbanization. The world population is expected to soar to more than 9 billion people by 2050, with roughly 70 percent living in cities. At the same time, Information Communications Technology (ICT) is extending its reach.


CNN Future Cities - Copenhagen
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CNN Future Cities - Helsinki, Finland
CNN’s Future Cities, hosted by Richard Quest, “gives us an inside look at how cities are adapting to tomorrow’s challenges”.


Alex Steffen: The shareable future of cities
How can cities help save the future? Alex Steffen shows some cool neighbourhood-based green projects that expand our access to things we want and need - while reducing the time we spend in cars.


2057 The City
The 2057 documentary is a series by the discovery channel. It's an entertaining documentary about life in 50 years. The city episode shows us how much city life will be incredibly interconnected. The extreme interconnection has risks however which we must avoid before problems occur.


Cities of the Future - Can they be sustainable?
With the rise of rapid urbanisation, many countries around the world are recognising the importance of sustainable urban development. This video showcases how the future of urbanization is unfolding in Singapore, a city that has overcome its natural disadvantages to become one of the most liveable cities today.


Future Cities Africa, part of a global series of summits, featured those managing, planning, designing and financing Africa's most innovative cities. Participants were able to hear world-class authorities in urban planning, infrastructure, housing, construction, transport, energy and achitecture.

Future Cities Africa: Managing Africa's urban transformation

Megacities on the Move

Megacities on the move sets out to find solutions to one of the biggest challenges – how billions of city-dwellers can access what they need without putting intolerable strains on the planet. It focuses on how to achieve sustainable urban mobility, looking at all the ways in which people will access goods, services and information and make contact with each other. It goes beyond transport to consider ICT solutions, innovative urban design and much more.

Forum on Future Cities 2011

Leading thinkers from around the world discuss pressing issues of urbanization and a wave of new distributed technologies.

Tuesday April 12, 2011

Wednesday April 13, 2011

New Cities Summit 2012

New Cities Summit brought together 700 of the most high-level urban thinkers and doers to discuss the future of our first truly urban century.


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