Our increasingly urban world
By Prisma News
Wonder what the world will look like in the future? One thing’s for sure: it will be increasingly urban and even more congested than today, especially for the nearly 65% of us who will be city dwellers in 2025.
In a fascinating piece for the Christian Science Monitor, Harry Bruinius covers many of the logistical issues faced by the world’s mega-cities, whose growth show no signs of leveling off. These cities include São Paulo, Mexico City, New York City, Karachi, Mumbai, Tokyo and Calcutta.
All of which makes us wonder: what cultural and linguistic shifts will take place in these impossibly large cities of 15, 20 million or more, especially in ethnically diverse countries such as India, Indonesia, Nigeria and Pakistan. Will new lingua francas emerge? Will the world’s “mega urbanites” demand new categories of products and services? How will media technology morph to suit the realities of live in a crushingly dense metroplex? We can only guess how things will unfold.
The Christian Science Monitor: Megacities of the world: a glimpse of how we’ll live tomorrow