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Lord Norman Foster on the future of cities

29 June 2017

The future is about cities. By 2050 75% of humanity will be living in cities - Lord Norman Foster

Speaking ahead of the RIBA’s International Conference, Lord Norman Foster tells us what he thinks is the future of our cities and the role architects can play in shaping this future.

Lord Foster’s vision for the future city is “the sustainable city [which is] about strong civic leadership, pedestrianisation, people over cars, density [and] mixed-use.”

For this vision to be made reality, Lord Foster advocates for the profession to “move outside of buildings” and “embrace other disciplines”. Only then, he says, can we offer a “higher quality of urban life in a more sustainable, more green future."

Lord Norman Foster on the future of cities

Hear from other industry experts at our International Conference on 4 July 2017, including Elizabeth Diller, Sir David Chipperfield, Odile Decq, Francis Kéré, Amanda Levete and many more.

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