Future metropolitan challenges

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Future metropolitan challenges

01/06/2018
Barcelona
El Periódico

"Thinking globally and acting locally" was the most widely heard leitmotiv in the international post Habitat III congress. Future Challenges of the metropolis: a contribution to the New Urban Agenda, led by the Metropolitan Area of Barcelona (AMB), on 22 and 23 May at the Espai Francesca Bonnemaison in Barcelona. 

 

In this international congress, consisting of almost 30 urban urban conurbations and more than 200 attendees, there has been a debate about the challenges of the cities of the future, after the Quito summit of 2016. One of the challenges that the AMB wants to contribute its vision and share its knowledge with other international actors.

 

Paradigm shift

Currently, the world population is growing exponentially, especially in the south, and it is expected that, in 2050, 75% of the population will already be based in cities. The question to clarify will be the role of these within the new global context.

 

However, big cities are already experiencing a series of scenarios to which immediate solution must be put. Large suburbs, air pollution and water supply management are just a few examples. "The margin of maneuver is minimal and everything will depend on how we organize cities in the future," says the director of the Urban Ecology Agency of Barcelona, Salvador Rueda.

 

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