Sustainable cities of the future: A podcast with Lord Norman Foster

15 November 2021

Global cities are home to more than 4 billion people, and that number is set to double by 2050 – equating to almost 7 in 10 of the world’s population. But with urban areas already producing at least 70% of all carbon emissions, and nearly 1 billion city dwellers living in informal settlements, a more sustainable blueprint for our cities is urgently needed1.

In this podcast – recorded as an exclusive guest chapter for this year’s Outlook 2022 report – Shenal Kakad, our Head of Private Markets, is joined by world-renowned architect Lord Norman Foster to discuss how rethinking urban design can help address some of the world’s most pressing environmental and social challenges.

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Click below to hear Lord Foster’s fascinating insights on why sustainable cities are about so much more than green buildings, as well as his vision on how to forge a more sustainable future.


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About Lord Norman Foster

Lord Foster is a multi-award-winning architect, best-known for his high-tech, ultra-modern designs. Many of his works have become landmarks in their own right – the Hong Kong and Shanghai Bank; Stansted, Hong Kong and Beijing Airports; New York’s Hearst Tower, Apple Park in California and the redesigned Reichstag building in Berlin, to name but a few.

With a career spanning more than five decades, Lord Foster has worked on everything from urban planning to transportation systems, cultural buildings to airports, and sky-rise offices to private homes.

A pioneer and champion of green buildings, sustainability has been embedded in his thinking since he started his career in the 1960s. He is also President of the Norman Foster Foundation, which promotes interdisciplinary thinking and research to help new generations of architects, designers and urbanists to anticipate the future.

Outlook 2022

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