Masterplanning Global Cities of 2050

Paolo Testolini
Regional Lead Masterplanning
Woods Bagot, Dubai

People need places to eat, work, live and play – but the difference between a successful space and a merely functional one is one which values connection with the natural world, enhances well-being and encourages diversity. As cities become more densely populated, space will become more limited and thus vertical spaces in high-rises will become the norm to accommodate without overcrowding, potentially affecting access to natural spaces. Therefore, it’s crucial to consider how to maximize compact spaces to achieve successful cities from a variety of dimensions, exploring and enhancing balance with emerging technology, without decimating nature in the process.

With more than nine billion people living in cities by 2050, planning of cities will have to go through a major metamorphosis. A high-density environment will present a series of challenges that need careful consideration. This presentation explores this paradigm shift through the complex dimensions of mobility, permeability, equality, and security in dense areas. Through fostering a dialogue on these key topics that should be explored in order to envisage the most effective polycentric city of the future, the presentation aims to draw conclusions on what constitutes happy, healthy spaces that prize well-being alongside increased efficiency.

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