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Sustainable Development Goal 11 - Make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable

Understanding the City Cycle

It remains to understand the essentials, the life cycle of the city. We can compare the city to a living being: it is complex and has its own metabolism, born from the interaction of multiple systems that constitute it. As a result, it is also very fragile and it is during violent and sudden crises that we remember this characteristic. In the age of the multitude, in these ubiquitous times when profound changes take place in the geopolitics of nations, the history of the city, its governance and its role with the States overlap. To be interested in the intelligence of the city is above all to be interested in its identity, its socioeconomic, cultural traits, clean ecological systems and the increasingly strong demands of its citizens with regards to governance: mobility; security ; social housing; energy issues; land; networks; infrastructure; public spaces; local economy; culture ; Hobbies ; taxation and attractiveness.

Quality of Life of the Inhabitants

Growing urbanization, the rise of urban residents, the increase in needs to be met in connection with the demographic explosion, as well as the pressure due to the decrease in resources, and also the visible socio-economic fractures in the social fabric generate a complexity of cities. This generates serious difficulties: large fringes of urban populations live more and more in poverty and precariousness.

Urbanization, World Cities and Transcriptions

Today, the planet has exceeded 7 billion inhabitants and, for the first time in human history, more than 50% of the population lives in cities; in Europe, the figure reaches 77%. In 2030, out of 8.3 billion people, it is estimated that almost 5 billion will live in urban areas. Some 12% of the world's population live in 28 cities today. At the same time, we must integrate that the world is shifting towards an urban axis East and South if we take into account the 90% of global urban growth that is located in Africa and Asia, while more than a third of the world population is concentrated in only three countries: India,

The exponential growth of cities consumes resources, further weakening an environment already considerably affected. New vital needs are needed in terms of food, health, climate, mobility, etc., requiring new responses in these rapidly changing contexts, where nature is more than ever threatened. It is also relevant to consider the necessary breaks, in order to develop other paradigms in terms of design and transformation of city life, driven by innovation.

At the same time, with the ubiquitous revolution, the world has surpassed the figure of 5 billion connected devices and, by 2020, their number should have tripled. The relationships between people, regardless of their habitats, habits and customs and the region of the planet where they live, have been profoundly modified by the instantaneous exchange allowed by this ubiquitous presence. New technologies are deeply and lastingly imprinting their mark in the immediate environment of everyone's daily life.

Among the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) set by the United Nations this year, number 11 reminds us of the imperative need to " make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable ". The New Urban Agenda decided a few weeks ago at the Habitat III Conference in Quito emphasizes the priority of social inclusion and the right to the city for all, with access to basic living needs and participatory democracy to promote fair cities and for life. The strong commitment of local governments and mayors has shown that their international networks are a key element. Cities are at the heart of the solution, and they are the backbone of transformation actions.

The City we Want at Developing Our World

The city is at the crossroads between a multitude of needs and societal uses. The challenges of social, urban and technological innovation concern our daily lives around issues such as housing, mobility, education, work and care. How to make the connection between "living well", "housing well", mobility, and the workplace? Is it really necessary, for example, to travel as much to work, to learn, or to heal? What link between the inhabitant, its city center and its periphery? Public services and private supply? These challenges lead to real transformations in our way of life, and in our professional relationships, as well as in social and urban transformations, crossed and amplified by the impact of the technological revolution. The question of energy management, the creation of energy efficient housing, green mobility, security, personalized health and access to culture arises here with force. And, through these reflections, it is a real transverse city, alive, open-plan, which will take shape before our eyes, when we speak of an inclusive, resilient, sustainable city driven by innovation. We’re helping the world reach this goal through innovation. Join hands with us and help us change the world for good.

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