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Smart Urban Planning for Megacities

The Challenge

Projections say that by 2050, the world will have undergone the largest and fastest period of urban expansion in human history. The urban population is estimated to double, while at the same time, the total urban area is projected to triple. City dwellers in emerging and developing countries, and their resource-intensive lifestyles, are increasingly going to create challenges in supporting many aspects of daily life. More urban dwellers require more resources such as water, land, food, and energy. These increases in demand put pressure on natural ecosystems in supporting cities. In addition, climate change, rising sea levels, or extreme weather events pose additional threats to cities. Infrastructure failure, such as electricity grid disruptions, flooding, diseases, and large-scale pollution, are some of the potential consequences.

To be prepared for the future, cities must develop to be resilient in the face of risks both known and imaginable. Urban planning must take into account changing climate, changing societal demands, and the finite energy landscape going forward. Smart urban design that reacts adequately, innovatively, and with a degree of resilience in the face of potential risks can mitigate the consequences of untamed urbanization and the consequences of the challenges posed by climate change.

    Solutions

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    Transforming rapid urban growth through public private partnership: A case study of Vietnam

    Transforming rapid urban growth through public private partnership: A case study of Vietnam

    Transforming rapid urban growth through public private partnership: A case study of Vietnam

    Polity, Academia, Business, Civil Society
    Solution
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    Making use of high-tech sensors to support an information-led city development

    Making use of high-tech sensors to support an information-led city development

    Making use of high-tech sensors to support an information-led city development

    Polity, Academia, Business, Civil Society

    Proposals

    Proposal
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    Reimagine the plan

    To build a better plan we need to redefine it. City leaders must introduce flexibility, extend ownership, encompass regional perspectives, and create local vision across environmental, social and econ ...

    To build a better plan we need to redefine it. City leaders must introduce flexibility, extend ownership, encompass regional perspectives, and create local vision across environmental, social and economic aspirations. The notion of a planned city brings to mind large sterile spaces, high rise apartment blocks separated by immense highways, and the absence of people anywhere but in a shopping mall. A city only a planner could love. How does this happen and how do we make sure that it doesn't happen again? Planning at its best is not a cookbook but a way of having a discussion. We are

    Polity, Academia, Business, Civil Society
    Proposal
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    Smart Urban Planning for Megacities

    As the world becomes more urbanised, our cities need to get smarter to handle the large scale urbanisation which requires new ways to manage complexities, increase efficiency and improve the quality o ...

    As the world becomes more urbanised, our cities need to get smarter to handle the large scale urbanisation which requires new ways to manage complexities, increase efficiency and improve the quality of life of its citizens. Thus, it is necessary to understand the smart city’s contribution in overall to the urban planning and vice versa, to recognise the urban planning offerings to a smart city context. A Smart City may be defined as a developed urban area that creates sustainable economic development and the right quality of life by excelling in areas such as economy, mobility, environment and governance. In

    Polity, Academia, Business, Civil Society
    Proposal
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    Sustainable and low carbon development plans for cities

    Clean, efficient, affordable and reliable energy services are indispensable for growth, development and prosperity. Cities require an uninterrupted supply of energy to run their activities. They consu ...

    Clean, efficient, affordable and reliable energy services are indispensable for growth, development and prosperity. Cities require an uninterrupted supply of energy to run their activities. They consume about 75 per cent of global primary energy and emit between 50 and 60 per cent of the world’s total greenhouse gases. When indirect emissions generated by urban inhabitants are included, this figure rises to approximately 80 per cent. Buildings also consume vast amounts of energy at all stages of their existence. Unfortunately, more than 80% of the global energy supply comes from fossil fuels. Emissions from the combustion of fossil fuels are

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    If you want to improve it, measure it.

    Cities are complex adaptive systems, anchored at their core by extremely expensive assets that support citizens.  Successful cities need hospitals, public transport, water, power and a plethora of ot ...

    Cities are complex adaptive systems, anchored at their core by extremely expensive assets that support citizens.  Successful cities need hospitals, public transport, water, power and a plethora of other infrastructure types, but these alone do not make a city.  A city without these assets will not be sustainable and not attract people. The planning of new assets and the maintenance of existing ones creates a significant financial burden on cities. Historically the operation of such assets has been inefficient and this results in additional pressure on strained resources.  For example, London loses almost 25% of it’s fresh water every day

    Academia, Business, Civil Society
    Proposal
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    Sustainable Urban Development for the Future: Example of Phu My Hung New City Center in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

    Harvard Business School estimated that “by 2050 the number of people living in cities will have nearly doubled, from 3.6 billion in 2011 to more than 6 billion.” What is the right solution? And wh ...

    Harvard Business School estimated that “by 2050 the number of people living in cities will have nearly doubled, from 3.6 billion in 2011 to more than 6 billion.” What is the right solution? And what is a sustainable urban development model for the next “500 or more new cities” around the world? “For centuries, urban settlements evolved slowly.” “But that era is over. Now as billions of people abandon subsistence farming for cities of the information age, the unprecedented scale and pace of urban development make it essential for the private sector to drive the coordinated creation and expansion of

    Polity, Academia, Business, Civil Society
    Proposal
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    Reimagine the Plan

    To build a better plan we need to redefine it. City leaders must introduce flexibility, extend ownership, encompass regional perspectives, and create local vision across environmental, social and econ ...

    To build a better plan we need to redefine it. City leaders must introduce flexibility, extend ownership, encompass regional perspectives, and create local vision across environmental, social and economic aspirations. The notion of a planned city brings to mind large sterile spaces, high rise apartment blocks separated by immense highways, and the absence of people anywhere but in a shopping mall. A city only a planner could love. How does this happen and how do we make sure that it doesn't happen again? Planning at its best is not a cookbook but a way of having a discussion. We are

    Polity, Academia, Business, Civil Society
    Proposal
    Symposium 2014

    Sustainable and low carbon development plans for cities

    Clean, efficient, affordable and reliable energy services are indispensable for growth, development and prosperity.  Cities require an uninterrupted supply of energy to run their activities. They con ...

    Clean, efficient, affordable and reliable energy services are indispensable for growth, development and prosperity.  Cities require an uninterrupted supply of energy to run their activities. They consume about 75 per cent of global primary energy and emit between 50 and 60 per cent of the world’s total greenhouse gases.  When indirect emissions generated by urban inhabitants are included, this figure rises to approximately 80 per cent. Buildings also consume vast amounts of energy at all stages of their existence. Unfortunately, more than 80% of the global energy supply comes from fossil fuels.  Emissions from the combustion of fossil fuels are

    Polity, Academia, Business, Civil Society

    Background Paper

    Background Paper
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    Smart Urban Planning for Megacities

    Past and future trends in urban population

    Past and future trends in urban population

    Polity, Academia, Business, Civil Society

    Virtual Library

    Virtual Library File
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    ICLEI: Resilience Library

    The “ICLEI - Local Governments for Sustainability” intergovernmental network of local governments compiled a comprehensive online library of studies, reports etc. on cities, cities’ resilience a ...

    The “ICLEI - Local Governments for Sustainability” intergovernmental network of local governments compiled a comprehensive online library of studies, reports etc. on cities, cities’ resilience and adaptation to climate change. The library is structured into sub-topics, including e.g. “urban resilience planning”, “examples of urban adaptation strategies”, or “costs and finance”, for a more targeted orientation of the reader.

    ICLEI: Resilience Library

    Virtual Library File
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    Mind the risk: A global ranking of cities under threat from natural disasters

    Based on the risk-assessment expertise and technical support of a major re-insurance company, this report depicts a number of potential disasters, such as floods, storms, earthquakes and other natural ...

    Based on the risk-assessment expertise and technical support of a major re-insurance company, this report depicts a number of potential disasters, such as floods, storms, earthquakes and other natural hazards, and which cities would be hit most. It calculates a global risk index that is used to compare cities around the world with respect to human and economic exposure. Unsurprisingly given the authors’ background, the report argues that, while protecting lives should be the highest priority for city authorities, being able to cope with the financial consequences of disasters is an important aspect of disaster preparedness.

    Virtual Library File
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    Climate Change, Disaster Risk, and the Urban Poor

    This World Bank study casts a special focus on how climate change-related risks and disasters affect populations at highest risk, the urban poor. It calls on cities to take a lead role in proactively ...

    This World Bank study casts a special focus on how climate change-related risks and disasters affect populations at highest risk, the urban poor. It calls on cities to take a lead role in proactively addressing the risks of climate change and natural hazards at the local level and suggests a number of actions that cities can take to build resilience, based on good-practice examples from a number of cities that are especially affected already, including Dar es Salaam, Jakarta, Mexico City, and São Paulo. It explains the difficult trade-offs that have to be made and challenges that have to be met when implementing suitable policies.