Global Trends for Cities

Global Trends 2030: Alternative Worlds(160 page pdf, National Intelligence Council Annual Report, 2012)

Also discussed here: National Intelligence Council Releases ‘Global Trends 2030’: Prominent Roles Predicted for Demographic and the Environmental Trends(Schuyler Null & Kate Diamond, New Security Beat, December 11, 2012)

We review today a look at recent trends and the next 20 years for the world and in particular at what this means for urban centres. Some the key trends are the shift in middle class consumption and manufacturing from North America to the developing world, especially to mega-cities in China and India, the improvements coming from technology that range from smart city infrastructure to self driving cars. Much more is said about diplomacy, military power and security but for this review we concentrated on the urban aspects.

global consumptionurban pop 2010-2030

To see Key Quotes and Links to key reports about this post, click HERE


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