More than 50% of the world’s population now lives in cities. With increasingly urban lifestyles, our disconnection from nature and the loss of its benefits are greater than ever.
Growing consumer awareness of the environmental impact of purchases on the health of the planet is prompting a turn away from single-use plastic products
The current great transition of the world’s population from rural to urban is one of the defining transformations of our time. More than half the world’s population already lives in cities, and by 2050, two thirds of us will be city dwellers, according to United Nations estimates.
A rundown of the need-to-know new technologies, materials, approaches and working methods affecting the creative industries
Finding viable and scalable alternatives to earth’s finite resources is one of the biggest challenges currently facing humanity. While some scientists and innovators are looking at bioengineering to reduce our environmental footprint – by growing meat in labs, for example – others are exploring natural materials that never previously been considered or exploited as a resource.
As more of us embrace urban living, architects are creating clever, elegant solutions to cater to a generation that wants to enjoy the benefits of city life without compromising on design, community or convenience. These spaces are very much designed to create chic, homely environments. They may be small, but they enable people to live in vibrant city centres, sometimes among communities of like-minded people. Flexibility is key, with designs that even allow people to move from city to city with their homes on their backs.
Brands and celebrities alike are expected to take a moral stance on all kinds of issues today, from the environment to politics to feminism to human rights. This reflects a wider mindset shift, as more and more of us seek to make a difference, not just through political activism or issue-based campaigning, but also by re-evaluating how we live and the everyday decisions we make.