Selected Megacities of the present and the future (2015-2030)
Selected Megacities of the present and the future (2015-2030)

Megacitiy solutions
Megacitiy solutions

Sustainability, Ecology, Traffic and Energy

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DERECO Impuls 5

The number of megacities with a population in excess of ten million has been increasing rapidly. By far, Tokyo is the largest city in the world (38m). However, big cities in Asia, South America and Africa are catching up. This trend brings drastic challenges: On the one hand, growth has to be facilitated but, at the same time, social distortions and slums should be prevented and infrastructures developed – a Herculean task indeed. As urban economies continue to grow, there is a perceived need to become active and provide more quality of life. Sustainable concepts in construction and traffic management and the use of renewable energy have begun to open up opportunities for investment and growth.

Tomorrow urban development will hinge on dynamic development and on structures as compact as possible. In the final analysis, requirements for sustainability, ecology, transport, energy and recreation are extremely high in megacities.

Concepts to conquer the waters as a new space for building are just one example of innovative approaches. Moreover, increasing digitisation can contribute to new forms of knowledge management. Digital technology can be used to improve traffic flows, energy usage and infrastructure utilisation.

Amalgamating the city with nature can also enhance people’s quality of life. Green façades, for example, provide temperature control and improve air quality. Green areas of recreation in or around big cities have a proven track record in terms of quality of life, too.