Groundbreaking Infrastructure Projects Fuel ‘Cities of the Future’

July 03, 2012 /

The development of sustainable urban infrastructure is one of the greatest challenges of the 21st century, according to a report.

The report, Infrastructure 100: World Cities Edition – announced by KPMG showcased 100 of the most innovative and inspiring urban infrastructure projects from around the world.

Released at the recent World Cities Summit in Singapore, the report, which is in its second edition now, provides insight into the infrastructure projects that make great cities, with a particular focus on the innovations that make them ‘Cities of the Future’ – places where people want to live and do business.

With more than half of the global population already squeezed into cities that, collectively, make up less than two percent of the plant’s land cover1, the pressure now being placed on urban infrastructure is unprecedented. This worldwide demand for infrastructure is expected to require the investment of tens of trillions of dollars over the next four decades in order to create and maintain sustainable and highly-livable urban areas that balance the needs of the population, the economy and the environment.

”Existing urban infrastructure is in urgent need of revitalization, and demands for new infrastructure have skyrocketed to meet the basic needs of growing populations. The world’s cities are already home to more than half the world’s population, and that number is expected to jump by more than 3 billion by 2050,” said Nick Chism, KPMG’s Global Head of Infrastructure. “The World Cities Edition looks specifically at the challenges faced by cities around the world and features 100 innovative projects that can inspire readers to conceive, finance and develop infrastructure projects that make a positive difference to the cities we live in.”

From managing exploding urban population growth to updating aging infrastructure or effectively managing a declining population and tax base, each region of the world faces major infrastructure challenges that must be met in order to ensure the economic health of the region.

“Cities are playing an ever more important part in their country’s economy. However, current global economic conditions and austerity measures have resulted in a need to identify innovative infrastructure solutions to deliver the required investments,” said James Stewart, KPMG’s Chairman of Global Infrastructure. “Strategic city infrastructure projects are delivering economic renewal by connecting communities and increasing jobs while delivering tangible long-term impacts and growth. But the importance of investing in sound, smart infrastructure cannot be overstated.”

The projects showcased in the Infrastructure 100 are made up of approximately 20 projects selected by independent judging panels of industry experts from five regions of the world, including: Asia Pacific, North America, Latin America, Europe, and the Middle East and Africa. Projects were then sorted into 10 project categories, including: Urban Mobility, Global Connectivity, Urban Regeneration, Education, Healthcare, Water, New and Extended Cities, Recycling and Waste Management, Urban Energy Infrastructure, and Communications Infrastructure.

Five regional judging panels assessed hundreds of submissions on the following criteria: feasibility, social impact, technical and/or financial complexity, innovation and impact on society. Of the 100 projects identified by the regional judging panels, 10 were selected by a global judging panel as being the most noteworthy within each project category.

The 2012 feature projects include:

Urban Mobility: East Side Access, New York City, United States of America
Global Connectivity: Delhi-Mumbai Industrial Corridor, Delhi to Mumbai, India

Urban Regeneration: Oresund Regional Development, Denmark and Sweden
Education: Princess Nora Bint AbdulRahman University for Women, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

Healthcare: Royal London Hospital, London, UK
Water: Tuas II Desalination Plant, Tuas, Singapore
New and Extended Cities: Tianjin Eco City, Tianjin, China
Recycling and Waste Management: Deep Tunnel Sewerage System, Kranji to Changi, Singapore

Urban Energy Infrastructure: Cidade Inteligente, Búzios, Brazil
Communications Infrastructure: BRICS Cable Project, South Africa and Mauritius


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