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Urban Future with a Purpose

12 Trends Shaping the Future of Cities

A future-looking research trying to analyze what’s coming next in terms of Urban Living.

Urban Future with a Purpose

12 Trends Shaping the Future of Cities

The world is going through a transformative journey and so are cities. As centers of innovation and shared prosperity, cities are where the future happens first, hence envisioning the Future of Cities is anticipating the future of human living.

This report comprises 12 main trends that will affect our urban living in the upcoming future, its explanation, impact and key case studies where they are being implemented. Under this research project, Deloitte has listened to experts from all over the globe. These include Mayors of reference cities across the globe, international organizations leaders, urban policy institutions, as well as leading urban planners, practitioners and researchers. Their views and insights offer further depth to our analysis.

Covering domains such as Mobility, Living & Health, Government & Education, Energy & Environment, Safety & Security and Economy, the purpose of our 360-degree comprehensive analysis is to create a constructive tool for everyone to use and practice what moves us day-by-day: foretell, design and build better cities.

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Urban Future with a Purpose

12 Trends Shaping the Future of Cities by 2030

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Video Interviews

Interview with Sandy Carter, Vice-President of Worldwide Public Sector Partners and Programs, Amazon Web Services (AWS)
Interview with Miguel Pinto Luz, Deputy Mayor, Cascais, Portugal
Interview with Maimunah Mohd Sharif, Executive Director, UN-Habitat
Interview with Sameh Wahba, Global Director, Urban, Disaster Risk Management, Resilience and Land Global Practice, World Bank
Interview with Jeff Merritt, Head of IoT and Urban Transformation, World Economic Forum


Podcast with Jukka Makela, Mayor of Espoo, Finland


Podcast with Carole Mancel-Blanchard - Member of the European Commissioner Cabinet for Cohesion & Reforms, Elisa Ferreira
Podcast with Uwe Brandes - Faculty Director, Georgetown University Global Cities Initiative
Podcast with Mohamed Ridouani, Mayor of Leuven, Belgium
Podcast with Kent Larson, Director of City Science Group, MIT Media Lab and Marcus Elkatsha, Urbanist at City Science Group,MIT Media Lab
Podcast with Rui Moreira, Mayor of Porto, Portugal
Podcast with Paulo Rosado, CEO and Founder, OutSystems
Podcast with Kirby Brady, Chief Innovation Officer, City of San Diego, USA
Podcast with Yvonne Aki-Sawyerr, Mayor of Freetown, Sierra Leone
Podcast with Kok Yam Tan - Deputy Secretary of Singapore’s Smart Nation and Digital Government Office

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