In 2017, more than 54% of the global population lived in cities: making up more than 80% of the global GDP. By 2050, almost 70% of people will live in cities. However, this aggregation effect creates opportunities and challenges.
Given a reality of rapidly growing cities, one of the most important challenges is that of how to create pleasant, well-functioning cities. Understanding our urban future calls for considerations of the role of regulation and technology. We want to facilitate the creation of an understanding of these dynamics while also keeping a strong focus on other human factors influencing the design of urban systems.
Why Cities In China?
CITIES ARE GROWING.
Source: UN World Urbanisation Prospects 2014/LSE Cities
Though Asia has lower levels of urbanization, it accounts for 53% of the global urban population. By 2025, there will be more than 221 cities that have a population of more than 1 million people in China.
CITIES ARE DEVELOPING.
One quarter of world’s 500 largest urban areas are now located in China. Among those, Beijing, Shanghai, and Chongqing are listed at Top 5. Moreover, the majority of top-performing middleweight cities are in China.
CITIES ARE CHANGING.
China has around 400 million millennials who are digital natives, global travelers, champions for innovation and diversity.
Organizations are eager to accelerate the ongoing restructure process for sustainable growth and the new economy.
Technological development is reducing production cost and creating more possibilities of digital integrations.
@Shanghai Waste sorting
Environmental awareness became one of the key factors of cities’ competitiveness.
We contribute to the growth, development, and transformation of cities by creating systematic urban innovation at scale in China.