More than half the world’s population currently resides in cities and that number is set to swell to 66 percent by 2050, according to the United Nations. This likely doesn’t come as much of a shock to people already living in a bustling metropolis like New York City or Hong Kong, where one need only to peer outside, or better yet — glance at their monthly rent check to appreciate the rising demand for urban real estate.
Most of us encounter public spaces in our daily lives: whether it’s physical space (a sidewalk, a bench, or a road), a visual element (a panorama, a cityscape) or a mode of transport (bus, train or bike share). But over the past two decades, digital technologies such as smart phones and the internet of things are adding extra layers of information to our public spaces, and transforming the urban environment.
With a new online marketplace, Copenhagen is trying to enable an ‘access economy’.
Efforts to promote sustainable urban growth don’t add up if preserving culture and heritage is not central to the equation.
They would be mostly — but not all — good for state and local revenues.