KARACHI: The present pace of global urbanisation is unprecedented, with United Nations estimates indicating a near quintupling of the urban population between 1950 and 2011. By the year 2050, 75 per cent of the global population is projected to reside in cities!
In response, we have entered the age of ‘strategic planning’. Gone are the days when grand ‘City Master Plans’ were being prepared, dictated by a ‘modern era’ construct of expansion, segregation and large-scale infrastructure development. Instead we have strategic planning in which we work with what we have, innovate, conserve and simplify. We exit energy consumption, carbon emission and city expansion, eschewing the motor vehicle to travel in public transport, carpool, bike and walk. The ‘futuristic city’ is not about people flying in pods in the air but about families walking on the streets, and children playing in parks.