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Over half the human population lives in cities. By 2030, it is estimated that around 60 per cent of us will live in urban areas. As more people move to cities and more human activity is concentrated into them we can be sure that the most important global challenges that we face in this century will play out in urban environments. Cities must evolve to meet these challenges. They are already the home of the vast majority of the world’s economic growth, innovation and social transformation, and they must continue to develop to withstand relentless population growth at the same time as providing solutions for the biggest economic, environmental, social issues that face us.
Technological innovation, more powerful computing and improved transport have vastly improved networks and connections within and between cities in the last 5 years. These improved connections enable us to develop smarter solutions to meet the challenges ahead. As cities increasingly specialize to gain comparative advantage, a wide variety of clever solutions are emerging. We will compare case studies.
CSIC has partnered with The Economist to deliver The Infrastructure Summit, which will explore the most ingenious solutions to enable sustainable urban development, with a particular focus on networks and connections. The summit will draw together an audience of over 150 international delegates from transport, energy, digital communications, construction and finance to understand how cities are evolving.
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