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Photo competition: “Urban Visions of the Future”

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Jorge López Muñoz – adelphi

The world of tomorrow will be an urban one. By the year 2050, more than three-quarters of humanity will live in cities. Grey, hard, laud, and fast-paced: those are the big cities of today. But how do we want to live in the future? What should the city of the future look like? Which criteria must it meet in order to be perceived as a social space?


Cities are considered the cause of but also the solution to today’s economic, social, and environmental challenges. In recent years the international community has adopted pioneering resolutions with relevance for urban actors. The New Urban Agenda was adopted as a global roadmap for cities, and the 2030 Agenda for sustainable development and the Paris climate agreement also foresee cities playing an important role in the transformation to a sustainable future. 



Time for visions of the future from the people for the people

Nevertheless, we still lack a clear vision for the cities we want to live in in the future. And yet positive visions are so important, especially in times of upheaval, because they spread confidence and motivate us to actively shape change. As part of its drive to show how different people imagine future urban development and cities, adelphi invited photographic artists and photographers from around the world to creatively engage with the issue.


Hundreds of submissions from around the world were evaluated by a jury consisting of Franziska Schreiber (Urban Development Specialist, adelphi), Henning Lohner (Sound designer, film composer, video artist), Joy Baldo (UN SDSN Local Pathways Fellow, ICLEI), Maarten Hajer (Director Urban Futures Studio, Utrecht University) and Soazic Guézennec (visual artist). The winner was Jorge López Muñoz of Spain. Second place was shared by Baudouin Mouanda of the Republic of Congo and Beatriz Montes of Spain.