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Now is the century of cities. Urbanisation is the trend. Countless statistics, data and studies shows that by 2050 more than 70% of the world will be living in cities and there’s no stopping it.
Consequently, cities are also the major driving force in today’s world economy, accounting for nearly half the total economic output. We have seen the rise of city-states in the past years and cities are now the power players in the economic playing field.
It is also undeniable that the major trends, innovations, technological and scientific breakthroughs happen in cities. They are the melting pot of ideas, the crossroads where people of different culture interact and share with each other.
The city is at the centre of everything. And being at the centre also means that its effective management can be a daunting task. Allocation of resources, transportation, energy, housing are some of the key challenges that are affecting every city around the world.
I believe that we all have a right to a better life especially for the majority of us urban dwellers. We hope to share the ideas, innovations, features and inspiring stories that celebrate one of humanity’s greatest achievement; the city.
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