Introduction to the Special Theme - Future Cities and Smart Technologies: A Landscape of Ambition and Caution
by Theo Tryfonas and Ioannis Askoxylakis
The old Chinese curse of “may you live in interesting times” has never been more relevant than in the field of urban development. For some time now, the global urban population has exceeded the global rural population. Cities and city regions have therefore emerged as the only growth models capable of meeting the increased demands and strains facing global supply systems, which are seriously affected by population growth, climate change, globalization and international security issues. Given these constraints, urban development is becoming a tough challenge.