Transport and the megacity: improving vitality with connectivity

John Prevc
Make, London

The world’s urban population already accounts for more than half of the total population and is predicted to rise to 66% by 2050. Given that the majority of these urban dwellers still currently reside in cities with populations of fewer than one million people, now is an opportune time to consider the ways small and mid-size cities can ensure they preserve their social and economic vitality as they grow and densify.

This presentation examined the key role transport infrastructure and associated data exchange networks play in facilitating vitality within growing and densifying cities. Using data collected by the Future Spaces Foundation, it highlighted successful transport-related initiatives of three large, rapidly densifying cities – Beijing, Mumbai and São Paulo – and concluded with a call for growing cities to consider these specific accomplishments as well as the broader contribution a well-managed transport strategy can makes towards their socioeconomic prospects.

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