What Matters: What is the city of the future?

Summary

McKinsey Quarterly  on urbanization

As the demand for urban space grows, the world is responding with new kinds of cities: smart cities, instant cities, and aerotropoli that are all but attached to airports.What Matters posts dispatches from around the world on these new urban forms.

Visit the site this week to explore the following new essays:

Saskia Sassen, professor of sociology at Columbia University: Talking back to your intelligent city

Richard Dobbs, a director of the McKinsey Global Institute, and Jaana Remes, a senior fellow at MGI: What’s the biggest limit on city growth? (Hint: it’s not steel or cement)

Greg Lindsay and John Kasarda, authors of Aerotropolis: The Way We’ll Live Next: At home in the aerotropolis

Jim Fortune, elevator engineer and head of Fortune Consultants: Going up: Vertical transportation in the 21st century

Sean C. S. Chiao, executive vice president, China, for AECOM: Planning China’s megacities

Plus:

• In case you missed them, read last month’s essays on this topic, including: The Debate Zone—as the world urbanizes, will the most successful cities result from top-down planning or bottom-up innovation? Stan Gale, chairman of Gale International, and Alfredo Brillembourg, founding director of Urban Think Tank, weigh in.

• Two weeks ago, we asked readers from around the world to post photos ...

McKinsey Quarterly  on urbanization

As the demand for urban space grows, the world is responding with new kinds of cities: smart cities, instant cities, and aerotropoli that are all but attached to airports.What Matters posts dispatches from around the world on these new urban forms.

Visit the site this week to explore the following new essays:

Saskia Sassen, professor of sociology at Columbia University:
Talking back to your intelligent city

Richard Dobbs, a director of the McKinsey Global Institute, and Jaana Remes, a senior fellow at MGI:
What’s the biggest limit on city growth? (Hint: it’s not steel or cement)

Greg Lindsay and John Kasarda, authors of Aerotropolis: The Way We’ll Live Next:
At home in the aerotropolis

Jim Fortune, elevator engineer and head of Fortune Consultants:
Going up: Vertical transportation in the 21st century

Sean C. S. Chiao, executive vice president, China, for AECOM:
Planning China’s megacities

Plus:

• In case you missed them, read last month’s essays on this topic, including: The Debate Zone—as the world urbanizes, will the most successful cities result from top-down planning or bottom-up innovation? Stan Gale, chairman of Gale International, and Alfredo Brillembourg, founding director of Urban Think Tank, weigh in.

• Two weeks ago, we asked readers from around the world to post photos of their cities. View a slideshow of the highlights, and contribute to it by sending your photos for inclusion.

• Finally, click on the “test your knowlege” icon in the left column to take a brief interactive quiz on urbanization and the world’s cities.

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