Building cities for the future is about making the right choices today. Discover how we worked to understand city needs and develop scenarios.
By mid-century there could be more than nine billion people on earth, and three-quarters of us will live in cities. A major challenge is how to build more sustainable cities, tacking pressures on resources like water while providing cleaner ways to power homes and vehicles. Take our quiz to find out what your ideal city is to live in, and how could it evolve in future.
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Read about new ideas, technologies and ways of doing business that are taking shape in cities around the world.
Every city is unique, but many share similar features. We used research into 500 cities to group cities into six broad categories.
Compare the future of 500 cities from around the world with our city comparison tool.
A bridge to China’s future
The Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macau Bridge will be the world’s longest sea crossing, spanning more than 50 kilometres of water.
Travelling light: the roads of the future
Why scientists and artists believe roads offer an untapped opportunity for energy innovation.
The homes powered by Dubai’s sunshine
Dubai has long been reliant on energy from hydrocarbons. Now a new carbon-neutral housing development will tap into the city’s abundant sunshine, enabling residents to generate their own electricity.
Developed or developing?
Lead or challenge? Take the Future Cities quiz and match yourself to a global city!
How a fast-growing Indian city could develop smart infrastructure to strengthen urban services and energy supplies.
Discover the building blocks for creating sustainable, liveable and prosperous cities.
Reducing cities’ reliance on coal for electricity and diesel for transport is a critical factor in cleaner air for citizens worldwide.
Learn more about our partnership with the Manila Observatory in aid of city resilience.