We are truly living in the century of the city. More than half the world’s population now lives in towns and cities. Civic leaders around the world are adopting smart city technology and solutions to address the challenges that urbanization poses to sustainability, governance, and social structures.
The future is uncertain, as is our influence on it, but change is inevitable. What happens when unexpected trends alter the dynamics for city-making? Scenario planning is an analytical method for investigating just this question.
Scenario planning describes the extreme end-points that certain trends, such as IoT for smart cities, might reach. Based on months of expert interviews, workshops, and writing, we’ve created scenarios that tell the story of our possible futures. These four scenarios challenge current-day assumptions, suggest possible courses of action, and encourage you to think differently about where we’re going and where we may want to go.