The emergence of new technologies and the opportunities they generate are transforming the role of city residents and their involvement.
A recent survey by Ferrovial Services shows residents will have a much more active role in their cities by 2025; they will take an active role in the decision-making aspects of designing and building services. The survey, entitled ‘One Vision,’ focuses on five main areas of city development in 2025:
- The role of citizens and social interaction:
- In 2025, citizens within communities will relate to and participate with each other and become more empowered. Cities, no matter the size, must be able to respond to citizens’ needs.
- Electric, digital and interconnected mobility:
- Mobility will be a key factor in cities of the future. Electric and sustainable mobility will have evolved a great deal, vehicle sharing will be a common part of daily life, and public transport will have evolved both technically and technologically, city residents will have become used to sharing their data, schedule and preferences, with the result that they will no longer have to figure out how to get around; instead, they will be able to focus on where they want to go and when they want to arrive.
- Greener, energy self-sufficient cities:
- Citizens will play a fundamental role by being aware of the energy generated by their own home [ex. using solar panels] and will have the option of consuming that energy or sharing it with the city. This balance, this active role and this empowerment of citizens is what will generate green cities.
- The future will be digital. People will seek experiences:
- According to this vision, global digitalization is a reality and will affect most of our day-to-day interactions, leading us to change our habits. For example, smart locks will mean we no longer have to carry house keys and at the gym, the machines will recognize us and adapt to our characteristics and our exercise needs.
- Safety and security, a cornerstone for cities:
- People will be willing to share their personal data in exchange for security, in the broadest sense (cybersecurity and physical safety), and cities will have places that offer the utmost assurance of this. Being in your safe city will be like being “at home,” and in that safe city, health and well-being will go from optional to essential.
Accordingly, cities must seize the chance to become safer and more secure, more prosperous and more sustainable, as people’s happiness will be a highly significant parameter.
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