Below is the main output of the Copenhagen Urban Futures Forum, a shared Perspectives Paper.
what role does urban form and architecture play in enabling the emerging sustainable lifestyles through liveability and other approaches?
what, in concrete practice, is the ‘hedonistic sustainability’ that modern city-livers seek? what role does planning play in establishing urban form and liveability?
who are the agents and what are the resources required to initiate a liveable city, and to adapt an existing urban fabric towards greater liveability and optimised form?
do professions and studios need to evolve to meet the complex requirements of creating optimally liveable cities?
what is the role of infrastructure whether in housing, transport, energy, waste, food, water and more – in sustainable living?
how can infrastructure change be accelerated? how can the aggregate flow of resources per capita be radically reduced?
how do we upcycle (rather than simply destroy and downcycle) the physical content of entire cities, including their buildings and infrastructure, and material lifestyles?
what policy and finance needed?
what are the new urban strategies for living, infrastructure, investment, governance, that must be enacted under the emerging scenario of sea-level rise and climate instability?
how do cities adapt, survive, and thrive?
specifically, how credible and how advanced are the proposals that urban lifestyles shift from asset-heavy lifestyles (based on persona product purchase and ownership), to an ‘asset-light’ ‘cloud’ of services across all lifestyle areas, including mobility, washing, leisure experiences, food services, and more?
what is the role for architects and urbanists? what supports through policy, finance, infrastructure are needed?
what risks and trade-offs?
what is the role of the internet and mobile communications?
how to make ‘lifestyle management’ apps real, and not useless?
what constellation of agents will make these transitions and business real, at scale?
what kind of businesses, and therefore jobs, can be stimulated to help create really sustainable urban living?
what kind of infrastructural supports are needed (parking, storage/logistics, management facilities) to ace and who delivers?
can the new business for sustainable urban futures reach the scale that impact on trade and export, or are they only local concerns?
what is the suitable policy and investment framing for stimulating these new businesses?
who should take the risks and who should benefit? is there a need for new hybrid business models, and/or other financial innovation?
how can risk-taking and cross-sectoral partnership be stimulated and stabilised to deliver sustainable living?
how should investment for generations-long infrastructure systems, and for low-return essential utilities and infrastructure, be structured, and what is the role specifically of national, sub-national and municipal government?