Readings | Half of the world’s 7 billion people now live in urban areas, and every year that number grows by 60 million – the equivalent of seven Londons. Most of the growth is taking place in developing countries, as Europe and North America have stabilised at urban levels of around 80 per cent of the total population. Relatively privileged compared to the Tokyos, Shanghais and Mexico Citys of today’s world, many European cities nonetheless suffer from increasingly paralysing congestion, pollution and other assaults on the quality of life. What to do? Technologist.eu features some of the most advanced ideas coming out of European universities, labs and the private sector – ideas that if implemented will ensure that the world’s cities are still liveable in the year 2050, when the urban population will exceed 6 billion.
Full print issue exhibition (on mobility) in room B 2.05, HTW Chur or online on Moodle.