According to United Nations estimates, in the year 2030 there will be five billion urban dwellers worldwide. Mega-cities will evolve in emerging countries in which the rural regions will practically no longer offer any means of earning a living; even urban centers in industrial nations will continue to grow in population.
Clearly city inhabitants of the future will be faced with a variety of serious challenges affecting almost all aspects of life:
- How can we sustain our needs for energy consumption against the backdrop of rapidly declining fossil resources?
- How can an increase in mobility and economic advancement be ensured while at the same time bringing about a decrease in energy consumption?
- What can be done to avoid traffic congestion and yet continue developing an urban life worthy of living through the employment of green areas and open spaces?
- How should buildings be constructed with all modern conveniences in the City of the Future while at the same time reducing their carbon footprint?
These are only a few issues that politics, the economy and science will have to grapple with in the future.
Beuth University’s approach to conducting research pragmatically embraces concepts from a variety of scientific fields in endeavoring to meet future urban challenges. Competence Center ”City of the Future”