As the global trend in urban dwelling continues, so do the complex nature of challenges facing society and regional/ national adminstrations.
With the over 863 million people living in a slum environment today and over 80% of the worlds population are anticipated to be living in an urban environment by 2050 - academics, policy makers, financially institutues and prominent business' debate how to address the complex challenges arising that influence the liveability of our Cities and urban areas.
Undoubtedly the questions being asked differ in the developed world from that of the emerging economies and indeed from city to city as no single formula can be found - therefore a city based approach must be found.
The key components of city living is where the pressure of these changes are most evident, the need for investment and well considered planning become evermore apparent, whether due to ageing or inadequate infrastructure, non-existent or pressured services, transport or connectivity shortfalls, housing quality or land constraints - the city agenda must be considered at a regional, national levels and globally.
As public policy and strategies are developed to promote economic activity in an attempt to make cities more attractive to the global talent pool the objective seems to be focused on delivering smart, future and resilient city initiatives.
These iniatives and the focus is welcomed but we must continually probe, How Does A Smart City Deliver Prosperity & Inclusiveness? - to ensure the widening gap in educational attainment, declining health standards, inequality and the development of gated communites are addressed.