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2018

Great Foresight Needed in Planning our Cities

Many cities are struggling to cope with population growth and the challenges of climate change and depleting energy resources. There is a great need for qualitative measures to assist with our analysis, reasoning, and planning for cities. This requires innovative thinking and new approaches to be considered. This must go beyond visioning a desired future, and delve into forecasting a probable future.

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Many cities are struggling to cope with population growth and the challenges of climate change and depleting energy resources, says Tom Harrington, Sector Leader – Land Development (VIC)

Having worked with city planning strategies in Melbourne, and researched many others from across the globe including those of Los Angeles, London, Tokyo and Rio de Janeiro, one key challenge is in ensuring that strategic plans for major urban centres are robust and adaptable enough to withstand the pressures of population fluctuations and economic instability.

There are complex problems with a variety of different origins and drivers.  There are often no easy answers in sight.

There is a great need for qualitative measures to assist with our analysis, reasoning, and planning for cities. This requires innovative thinking and new approaches to be considered. This must go beyond visioning a desired future, and delve into forecasting a probable future.

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