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Future proofing cities

Future Proofing Cities Report

Atkins’ report Future Proofing Cities was produced in partnership with the UK Department for International Development and University College London in 2012. The report assessed 129 major cities across Africa and Asia and was developed to help tackle risks to long term prosperity and growth.

Some 95 per cent of city growth is expected to take place in developing countries, and in the next 20 years the urban populations of South Asia and Sub-Saharan Africa alone are expected to double to over 3.5 billion, roughly half the global population.

We asked how these cities would cope socially, environmentally, and economically with such accelerated urbanisation. We then came up with an integrated portfolio of measures for future proofing them.

These ranged from integrated urban planning to sustainable transport, better management of water and waste, new sources of energy and new building design. The work we did can be applied to any city. In fact, we are already working with Madurai in India and Lagos in Nigeria to take these ideas forward.

Alongside a growing awareness of the need to increase infrastructure funding at the city level, particularly in developing countries, there is a call for authorities to put this at the top of their to-do list.

Future Proofing Cites - brochure

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For more information, contact Roger Savage or Alastair McMahon.