Exploding Urbanization: A Threat or an Opportunity?

Just 200 years ago, a few percent of the world’s population had moved into cities. Today, around 50% of the 7 plus billion people on this planet have done so, and this number will almost certainly increase to around 80% by 2050. The underlying causes of this mass urbanization are less important today than deciding how we, as a species, will deal with the enormous environmental strain moving forward. The building sector is responsible for an eye-popping 40% of global energy use, and over 30% of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, numbers which should rightfully cause concern. Exploding urbanization has made it abundantly clear that systematic changes must be put in place, in order to decouple the negative environmental impacts from continuing growth in the building sector. The growth of cities is not going to slow down soon, which is not necessarily a bad thing. Over the past s...

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