Future Cities – as a synonym for evolving medium-size and mega-cities – can be interpreted as networks that encompass dynamic properties and attributes operating on different spatial scales with instant stimuli on dimensions like social, cultural and economic measures. Infrastructures and the environment have to be adapted in response to the fast growth rate of mega cities like Shanghai. New sustainable urban development strategies have to be
elaborated. Especially on a long-term view, the quality of life in mega cities has to be ensured. Planners, designers, officials and the public are challenged to understand, to plan, and to communicate the effects of increasing demands regarding the use and the forms of energy or the consumption of natural resources as well as high expectations on transportation and communication infrastructure. Therefore, for large scale planning projects it is crucial to avoid missing links between experts and laypersons. Because of the inherent complexity and its dynamic manner, it is difficult to perceive, to represent, and to communicate sophisticated problems or solutions. Needed are interdisciplinary and combined skills from Computer Science, Environmental Studies, Sociology, Design, Communication, Urban Planning, Strategic Management, Architecture, Aesthetics, and feedback from the general public.

Contact: Jan Halatsch, halatsch(at)