The American sociologist Alvin Toffler describes in his book “Future Shock” the inhabitants of megacities already in 1970 as the “creators of a lifestyle, which leads unconsciously a life that will be lived by millions of others tomorrow. Although they represent only a small percentage of the overall population, they are building the international community of the citizen of the future. They are the pioneers of humanity.”.
The cities and megacities represent only 2% of the surface of the earth although their inhabitants combine 70% of the overall world population, which will have risen to 9 billion people by 2050.
According to a report by the United Nations in 2015, the world already contains 71 megacities with more than 5 million inhabitants. By 2030 the number of megacities is likely to rise to 104.
In megacities, daily problems for citizen intensify: noise level, pollution, traffic jam, missing parking spaces, limited green spaces, safety, problems in the water supply, energy and nutrition.
The “Megacities Institute” aims to study the diverse solutions that were established through the megacities to better understand and investigate the increasing problems. Furthermore, the development of new solutions based on the current technical achievements is strongly supported by the Institute in order to give humans and all living creatures their habitat back. As a result, the Institute uses specific polls and diverse initiatives to determine the citizen’s expectations.