“From now to 2030, the world will need to build the equivalent of a city of one million people in developing countries every five days.”—Scott Mueller, “The Next Generation of Infrastructure,” Scenario Journal (Spring 2013)

Cities are back in fashion, as Boomers and Millennials alike are flocking to urban cores from the suburbs in significant numbers. Globally, the level of urbanization is simply unprecedented, with well over half of all humans already living in cities; within 50 years time, that number is expected to encompass 70% humanity, according to the World Health Organization. For the first time in its history, the human species is now a predominantly urban species. Questions about human thriving will increasingly be urban questions.

The Sustainable

Globalization and Urban Pollution

Who is to blame when a citizen sues his own city over air pollution? According to Reuters, we will soon find out in China.


Information Overload

Living in the era of Big Data and smart technologies, there are few aspects of our cities and communities that will not inevitably be measured in some way.



Between 2010 and 2020, the amount of digital information created and replicated in the world will grow to an almost inconceivable 35 trillion gigabytes as all major forms of media – voice, TV, radio, print – complete the journey from analog to digital.