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New thinking urgent for our future urban life

Jakarta   /   Thu, September 28, 2017   /  08:20 am
New thinking urgent for our future urban life In Indonesia we are outgrowing our cities, as elsewhere in the world. Urban citizens, of which there will be 90 million more by mid-century, need good quality homes, good jobs, suitable and comfortable transport, water, electricity and green spaces. (Shutterstock/File)

While Indonesia grapples to resolve the many issues that affect economic growth, with infrastructure and education much to the fore, it must also start to consider what the future country will look like as it heads to becoming the fifth largest world economy by the end of the next decade. This will require some new thinking beyond meeting current imperatives and responding beyond today’s known technologies, systems and solutions. In Indonesia we are outgrowing our cities, as elsewhere in the world. Urban citizens, of which there will be 90 million more by mid-century, need good quality homes, good jobs, suitable and comfortable transport, water, electricity and green spaces. Advances in technology are providing opportunities to provide all of these within the sustainable “smart cities.” However, we also need more than this in terms of educating and training people...

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