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Future of Cities: Reports and resources

For those looking at industry futures, we have compiled some of the more interesting and useful recent free, no registration reports available on the future of cities.

Report Name Organisation Pub Date Geography Pages Overview
Thriving amid turbulence: Imagining the cities of the future McKinsey & Company October 2018 Global 2800 words This discussion paper explores four major forces shaping today’s cities—from resource stresses to increasing internationalization—and lays out a 14-point vision for thriving cities of the future.
Future of cities Quartz September 2018 Global 4800 words Six essays on the future of cities written by some of the world’s leading thinkers and creators.
Future Cities: Planning for our growing population Infrastructure Australia February 2018 Australia 16 Three possible scenarios for future cities in Australia. The cities of Melbourne and Sydney are used as examples. The report tries to provide an insight into how Australia’s largest cities might grow, and the outcomes delivered by different land-use, employment, and infrastructure decisions.
Future of UK Cities: Three contrasting scenarios Government Office for Science March 2016 UK 16 Three national scenarios were developed as contrasting versions of the future of the UK’s city system: ‘Major cities empowerment’, ‘London-centric’, and ‘Smaller cities focus’.
Future Cities Dialogue: A project investigating urban system integration in the UK Forum for the Future, Innovate UK, Sciencewise and Ipsos MORI March 2017 UK 46 Three visions for the future regarding the infrastructure and systems integration of UK cities by the year 2040.
Inspiring Future Cities & Urban Services: Shaping the Future of Urban Development & Services Initiative World Economic Forum April 2016 Global 60 Report on the global urban issues and challenges, triggers and enablers for urban transformation, and a 10-step action plan is provided to help city authorities navigate the journey of urban transformation.
Global scenarios of urban density and its impacts on building energy use through 2050 Texas A∓M University January 2017 Global 6 The primary goals in this study are to develop possible scenarios of future urbanization, using urban population density as the metric, and to estimate the energy implications of these different urban futures.
Future of Cities Report 2017 Future Agenda Limited June 2017 Global 52 This report shares the findings from this Future of Cities Open Foresight research project. It identifies and discusses some common challenges found in most urban areas today, and also explores several shared ambitions to create more healthy, accessible and intelligent cities.
Future Energy Scenarios for African Cities Unlocking Opportunities for Climate Responsive Development European Union Energy Initiative Partnership Dialogue Facility April 2017 Africa 110 This study contains:
– an analysis of the main megatrends that will shape the future of African cities;
– four alternative scenarios of African cities until 2050 with a focus on the implications for energy;
– recommended areas for action for decision makers including policy makers, the private sector, civil society and the donor community.
Perspective input into the World Energy Council Scenarios: ‘Innovating Urban Energy’ World Energy Council/ Arup October 2016 Global 36 This Perspective Paper selects five emerging urban energy innovations which hold the potential to substantially steer transition of the energy agenda in our cities, towns and smaller conurbations.
The Future of Vertical Mobility Porsche Consulting March 2018 Global 36 Estimates for the year 2035 regarding vertical transportation (flying cars and cities).
An integrated perspective on the future of mobility McKinsey & Company October 2016 Global 68 Scenarios for how mobility might change in three types of cities: dense cities in developed economies, dense cities in emerging economies, and sprawling metropolitan areas in developed economies. Three models of advanced urban mobility that are achievable by 2030.
Urban World: Meeting the Demographic Challenge McKinsey & Company October 2016 Global 48 Report on the future of urban population. This paper explores the challenges facing the urban world and strategies that cities might deploy to survive and thrive in a more challenging backdrop.
Electric Vehicles for Smarter Cities: The Future of Energy and Mobility World Economic Forum January 2018 Global 32 Exploring the short term future (2030) for the Electric Vehicles (EV) and the city energy infrastructure.
Scenarios 2040: Scenarios of Low Carbon Living CRC for Low Carbon Living, Victorian Eco-Innovation Lab (VEIL), University of Melbourne May 2016 Australia 58 Four end-state scenarios which describe distinctive long term possibilities of what low carbon living might ‘look and feel’ like in the future in southern Australian cities.

Report Name
Thriving amid turbulence: Imagining the cities of the future
Organisation
McKinsey & Company
Pub Date
October 2018
Geography
Global
Pages
2800 words
Overview
This discussion paper explores four major forces shaping today’s cities—from resource stresses to increasing internationalization—and lays out a 14-point vision for thriving cities of the future.
Report Name
Future of cities
Organisation
Quartz
Pub Date
September 2018
Geography
Global
Pages
4800 words
Overview
Six essays on the future of cities written by some of the world’s leading thinkers and creators.
Report Name
Future Cities: Planning for our growing population
Organisation
Infrastructure Australia
Pub Date
February 2018
Geography
Australia
Pages
16
Overview
Three possible scenarios for future cities in Australia. The cities of Melbourne and Sydney are used as examples. The report tries to provide an insight into how Australia’s largest cities might grow, and the outcomes delivered by different land-use, employment, and infrastructure decisions.
Report Name
Future of UK Cities: Three contrasting scenarios
Organisation
Government Office for Science
Pub Date
March 2016
Geography
UK
Pages
16
Overview
Three national scenarios were developed as contrasting versions of the future of the UK’s city system: ‘Major cities empowerment’, ‘London-centric’, and ‘Smaller cities focus’.
Report Name
Future Cities Dialogue: A project investigating urban system integration in the UK
Organisation
Forum for the Future, Innovate UK, Science wise and Ipsos MORI
Pub Date
March 2017
Geography
UK
Pages
46
Overview
Three visions for the future regarding the infrastructure and systems integration of UK cities by the year 2040.
Report Name
Inspiring Future Cities & Urban Services: Shaping the Future of Urban Development & Services Initiative
Organisation
World Economic Forum
Pub Date
April 2016
Geography
Global
Pages
60
Overview
Report on the global urban issues and challenges, triggers and enablers for urban transformation, and a 10-step action plan is provided to help city authorities navigate the journey of urban transformation.
Report Name
Global scenarios of urban density and its impacts on building energy use through 2050
Organisation
Texas & University
Pub Date
January 2017
Geography
Global
Pages
6
Overview
The primary goals in this study are to develop possible scenarios of future urbanization, using urban population density as the metric, and to estimate the energy implications of these different urban futures.
Report Name
Future of Cities Report 2017
Organisation
Future Agenda Limited
Pub Date
June 2017
Geography
Global
Pages
52
Overview
This report shares the findings from this Future of Cities Open Foresight research project. It identifies and discusses some common challenges found in most urban areas today, and also explores several shared ambitions to create more healthy, accessible and intelligent cities.
Report Name
Future Energy Scenarios for African Cities Unlocking Opportunities for Climate Responsive Development
Organisation
European Union Energy Initiative Partnership Dialogue Facility
Pub Date
April 2017
Geography
Africa
Pages
110
Overview
This study contains:
– an analysis of the main megatrends that will shape the future of African cities;
– four alternative scenarios of African cities until 2050 with a focus on the implications for energy;
– recommended areas for action for decision makers including policy makers, the private sector, civil society and the donor community.
Report Name
Perspective input into the World Energy Council Scenarios: ‘Innovating Urban Energy’
Organisation
World Energy Council/ Arup
Pub Date
October 2016
Geography
Global
Pages
36
Overview
This Perspective Paper selects five emerging urban energy innovations which hold the potential to substantially steer transition of the energy agenda in our cities, towns and smaller conurbations.
Report Name
The Future of Vertical Mobility
Organisation
Porsche Consulting
Pub date
March 2018
Geography
Global
Pages
36
Overview
Estimates for the year 2035 regarding vertical transportation (flying cars and cities).
Report Name
An integrated perspective on the future of mobility
Organisation
McKinsey & Company
Pub Date
October 2016
Geography
Global
Pages
68
Overview
Scenarios for how mobility might change in three types of cities: dense cities in developed economies, dense cities in emerging economies, and sprawling metropolitan areas in developed economies. Three models of advanced urban mobility that are achievable by 2030.
Report Name
Urban World: Meeting the Demographic Challenge
Organisation
McKinsey & Company
Pub Date
October 2016
Geography
Global
Pages
48
Overview
Report on the future of urban population. This paper explores the challenges facing the urban world and strategies that cities might deploy to survive and thrive in a more challenging backdrop.
Report Name
Electric Vehicles for Smarter Cities: The Future of Energy and Mobility
Organisation
World Economic Forum
Pub Date
January 2018
Geography
Global
Pages
32
Overview
Exploring the short term future (2030) for the Electric Vehicles (EV) and the city energy infrastructure.
Report Name
Scenarios 2040: Scenarios of Low Carbon Living
Organisation
CRC for Low Carbon Living, Victorian Eco-Innovation Lab (VEIL), University of Melbourne
Pub Date
May 2016
Geography
Australia
Pages
58
Overview
Four end-state scenarios which describe distinctive long term possibilities of what low carbon living might ‘look and feel’ like in the future in southern Australian cities.

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