The future growth and health of cities and communities is challenged globally. Current trends in population growth and resource use are unsustainable. Much of the population migration into cities up to 2050, and beyond, will –under current models of operation – live in poverty. Failure to address the growing and increasingly urgent challenges of population growth, increasing poverty and unsustainable resource use will strain the management and operation of cities. Cities are primary engines of global economic activity; the strain placed on future cities will impact on the effectiveness of their operations, and thus on economic activity. New and sustainable models of resource consumption and economic growth are required to resolve the challenge of future cities to ensure future, sustainable economic activity, globally.
British Standards Institution