A report by the engineering and design consultancy Arup projects how
cities around the world will change in response
to climate change,
resource scarcity and increasing urban flooding.
Cities Alive predicts that technology and nature will work together seamlessly to
create cities that are an integrated network of intelligent green
spaces. Buildings may be transformed into vertical urban farms, and
solar powered pathways and urban wetlands and forests will become
The report also looks at the importance of creating higher
quality public places and greener urban environments through high
quality landscape design in order to protect our cities from flooding
and increase the health and wellbeing of citizens.
The report also highlights the benefits that additional green
spaces will provide in terms of increasing health and wellbeing
Increasing life expectancy by up to five years. People
perceive distance to be shorter in greener areas and are therefore
more likely to walk
Helping people recover faster from illness, reducing the cost
Reducing the number of sick days – people who work in
buildings that can see green space take almost a quarter less time off
work than those who can’t.
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