The United Nations World Urbanization Prospects Report 2014 confirmed that 54% of the world’s population lives in urban areas and this was expected to increase to 66% by 2050.Urban population worldwide grew from 746 million in 1950 to 3.9 billion in 2014.
“Managing urban areas has become one of the most important development challenges of the 21st century. Our success or failure in building sustainable cities will be a major factor in the success of the post-2015 UN development agenda,”
John Wilmoth, Director of UN DESA’s Population Division.
Oxford’s population grew by 12% over the decade 2003–2013, making it the eighth fastest growing English city. It has 155,000 residents and an additional 45,000 people living in adjacent urban areas. The city’s population is projected to reach 165,000 by 2023. Oxford is already acknowledged as the least affordable city for housing and house prices are reported as being 10 times earnings. 46,000 people commute into the city for work, mostly by car and it is estimated that another 24,000 to 31,000 new homes are required by 2031 to meet demand.
So how do we plan ahead to create a city that can do far more than cope with demands?
On the 18th September Nominet is hosting the first Smart Oxford Challenge in partnership with W3C to find great ideas to make Oxford a better, smarter city.
Triteq’s Angela Hobbs will be presenting on Sustainable Product Design and joining leading industry experts as mentors at the event.
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