Cities around the world are growing faster than you can say megalopolis. More than half the world lives in cities, and by 2050, it will be two-thirds. In China alone, 300 million people will move to the city within the next 15 years, and to serve them, China must build the equivalent of the entire built infrastructure of the United States by 2028.
At the same time, 250 million new urban dwellers are expected in India and 380 million in Africa. Even though cities will soon account for 90 percent of population growth, 80 percent of global CO2, and 75 percent of energy consumption, more and more, it’s where people want to live.
To explore this phenemonon, and celebrate all that MIT is doing to explore and invent the future of cities, the Winter 2014 issue of MIT Spectrum features a special issue on "The Future is Cities," including stories on over a dozen DUSP and SA+P Faculty members working around the globe. Click here for more, or here to download a pdf of the issue.