100 opinion-makers and 30,000 young citizens from 30 countries
join forces and share ideas to prepare the Rio+20 conference.
Which places to live in for tomorrow?
We addressed various topics in the framework of our study among the world youth and the panel of 100 personalities. Here are some examples of questions we discussed:
Over 50% of the world population lives in urban areas. Cities are driving forces for development, but also create new environmental, economic and social issues.
How can the urban reality of the contemporary world and the imperative for sustainable development be reconciled?
Which urban planning, which architecture, which places to live in are able to ensure a peaceful co-existence and a certain quality of life in urban areas which are always more populated? Beyond the classical opposition between urban and rural areas, what is the future of hybrid spaces?
Some interview excerpts linked to this topic:
- Urbanization is great news: cities are concentration of opportunities so they are powerful vehicles to create wealth and at the same time shortcuts towards equality. But the 3 "S" of the process - scale, speed and scarcity - will require the coordination of academic knowledge, public policy framework, socioeconomic and cultural constraints, market implementation and a core professional chain to make urbanization sustainable. As any complex issue, the capacity to go beyond mere diagnosis and mobilize all available energies in the form of smart proposals will come from the power of synthesis. This will be the challenge and the potential contribution of strategic design.
Alejandro Aravena (Chile), Architect, member of the Pritzker Prize jury and laureate of the Global Award for Sustainable Architecture in 2008.