What are the 3 prerequisites? They are:
- Cities must adopt aggressive energy reduction strategies
- Innovative financing strategies are needed
- The latest technological advances must be utilized
WWF’s 3 prerequisites are helpful, but I’m unconvinced they’re key. Why? I’ll come to that, but first here’s a little more detail on the report.
Reinventing the City
Cities produce 80% of the World’s CO2 emissions, states the report. Business as usual will result in $350 trillion being spent on urban infrastructure and usage in the next 30 years, which will further increase greenhouse gas emissions.
But there is a different way, according to WWF, where investments help reduce emissions rather than increase them. Investments in renewable energy, district heating and energy efficiency are required.
I agree. I also like their example of Malmo, Sweden as a city that the World can learn from.
The 3 Prerequisites
The question for me is: Are Energy Reduction Strategies, Finance and Technology the 3 most important prerequisites for reinventing the city?
It’s clear that Malmo used these in their development of the Western Harbour. But there’s one further principle Malmo lived by that, in my opinion, is the most important prerequisite. It’s a principle that has been successful in many cities around the World, such as Curitiba, Bogota and Vancouver.
The Most Important Prequisit for Reinventing the City?
You’ve probably guessed what I think. I think we need to make our cities for people. It’s people that make a city and people that will reinvent the city. Energy strategies, finance and technology won’t make a difference if cities aren’t made for people. You can read more about my ideas on what to build in the city and how to change.
What do you think are the most important prerequisites for reinventing the city?