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Future Cities

We shape the liveable future

Cities must be designed and operated without jeopardizing future generations' access to nature and its resources.

We create value by focusing on and strengthening the soul and identity of a city.

All to shape the liveable cities of the future, where the good and healthy life is available to all.

We recently launched the book Predicting the Unpredictable – a Nordic Approach to Shaping Future Cities, written by Jonas Gustavsson, President and CEO and Helena Paulsson, Head of Urban Development.

The book is a voice in the discussion of how to plan smart, sustainable and attractive cities in times of rapid development.

In this book we explore different aspects of urban development. What makes a city attractive, what has worked in the past and how can we plan for a future that is unknown? With regards to mobility, safety, housing, culture, technical development, sound and light – is there a recipe for success? The book includes food for thought, dos and don’ts and interviews with inspiring people in the forefront of development in their respective fields.

The book is available to order as a hardcover here and as an e-book here or here.
Predicting the unpredictable Future Cities book

AFRY has built and developed cities since 1895. Our global and extensive experience has generated insights on urban planning and human-centric, functional and aesthetic design. But the speed of innovations, of new possibilities, in light of the effects of climate change and political priorities, stresses the need for cross-sector collaborations. We want to find the best solutions for creating cities of the future: sustainable, enjoyable, safe, smart, inclusive, liveable and entirely created from its inhabitants’ perspectives and needs.

In the year 2050, according to the United Nations, 68 per cent of the world's population will live in urban areas. Population growth and urbanisation will lead to new challenges in urban areas. How can we tackle these challenges while improving quality of life? How can we build cities for our future generations, without knowing what our future world will be like?

We want to optimise cities based on human needs without jeopardising natural resources. Our future cities must hold a balance of vision and tradition, ethics and technology and be both agile and thoughtful.

Further down on this page, you can find our Future Cities Blog - a blog which highlights topics related to cities and sustainable development.

Did you know that young Europeans don't want to live in mega cities? 

Global trends and challenges, such as urbanisation, digitalisation and climate change, will affect how we live in the future. But what do the young people of today want future cities to look like? According to a new survey, only 12 per cent of young people want to live in big cities with more than one million inhabitants.

To build cities that young people of today want to live in, we first need to know what young people want. That is why AFRY conducted a survey of young people (aged 18-35) in six European countries: Sweden, Norway, Finland, Denmark, Austria and Switzerland.

It is clear that sustainability – social, economic and environmental – is important to young people. More than 60 per cent of respondents replied that sustainability is an important factor when deciding where they want to live.

Helena Paulsson, Head of Urban Development, AFRY

“We create value by focusing on and strengthening the soul and identity of a city. All to shape the liveable cities of the future, where the good and healthy life is available to all. We shape future cities where people, businesses, culture, innovation and science thrive. Cities that are inclusive and safe.” 

Helena Paulsson, Head of Urban Development at AFRY

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