Research into 500 cities by Strategy&, supported by Shell, showed that cities can be grouped into six categories, or city archetypes. We analysed the six city archetypes to better understand the changing world and help create scenarios about how individual cities could evolve and become more efficient. We also examined how cities have coped with major development challenges in the past.
For example, faced with high levels of poverty and unemployment in the 1960s, Singapore has since evolved into one of the world’s most prosperous cities through smart urban planning and investment in public transport.
In New Lenses on Future Cities, we have identified several ways in which city leaders can help make the urbanisation process more sustainable. Effective planning to reduce the need to travel around cities, together with efficient public transport for when it is unavoidable, can make a big difference. Wider use of electric, hydrogen or natural gas-driven vehicles also makes a major contribution to sustainability, as does switching from coal- to gas-fired power generation.
We have also co-produced two in-depth city reports – for Marikina in the Philippines, and Surat in India – which focus on ways these cities might increase resilience in the face of challenges.
Download our supplement and in-depth city reports and discover how we might make our cities more efficient, appealing places to live.