On future cities

A journey from the first settlements through today's cities to imaginable smart cities beyond tomorrow.

In this keynote I will take you on a journey through the evolution of our cities. Starting with the first settlements and the invention of agriculture, I trace the arc to the disruptive impact of the industrial revolutions that laid the foundation for today's world of metropolises and mega-cities.

Urban centres around the world are facing enormous challenges in the context of climate change, population growth, demographic change and social inequalities. While "smart" solutions offer promising approaches to address some of these pressing issues, there is a growing realisation that technological progress alone is not enough.

A holistic vision that fuses innovation, communication and collaboration is needed to ensure that a sustainable, inclusive and liveable urban tomorrow remains possible. Join me as we dive into the opportunities and challenges we face in shaping our "Urban Futures".

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