More than half of the world’s population now live in cities, with the number of urban residents increasing by 200 thousands every day. Over 70% of the global population will be living in urban areas by 2050. Everyone knows that Rio de Janeiro, Shanghai and Mumbai are booming, but which cities will challenge them when it comes to creativity, economic growth, entrepreneurship and innovation? Where will it all happen in 2025 or 2040?
With this question in mind, the Dutch photographer Yvonne Brandwijk and journalist Stephanie Bakker travel to the next generation of cities. They explore cities behind the obvious: from the upcoming Silicon Valley of South America (Medellin, Colombia) to the next African fashion city (Kinshasa, Democratic Republic Congo). By constantly choosing a surprising angle, they give their audience a new impression of a place they did not know or had different perceptions of.
To achieve this, each city is connected to a subject/business in which in excels; fashion in Kinshasa, gastronomy in Lima, arts & cultural heritage in Yangon, technology in Medellin and music/jazz in Addis Abeba. Although the choice for a city is based on economical and demographical parameters, our search widerns its perspective to enter the personal worlds of those behind the statistics of growth and urbanisation. We take our readers to the heart of emerging cities, to the inside stories of the people who are leading the transition in tomorrow’s cities. To pioneers, visionaries and young talent who will determine their cities' futures. Into their lives and dreams as they seek inspiring solutions for urban challenges. And we will share their struggles – urbanisation has its downsides too. But above all we will capture the ambition, hope and prosperity of the world’s most exciting and emerging urban areas.
Future Cities publishes printed stories about each city, but as the project aims to pass on the inspiration, knowledge and energy from emerging cities, an interactive documentary will be the best way to tell this story. At different moments a new city will be launched as a separate chapter in a web documentary. It contains a mixture of words, pictures, video and audio.
- Future Cities: Project website (EN)
- Future Cities: Facebook page (EN)
- Kinshasa: 'Het Parijs van Afrika 2025, article and photos in de Volkskrant and de Morgen (Belgium) and web documentary online. (NL)
- Kinshasa: 'Top modele de L'afrique', article and photos online at Le Monde Afrique and link to web documentary (FR)
- Future Cities & Pakhuis de Zwijger: live events, part I Kinshasa / Lima (EN)
- Lima/Kinshasa: web documentary (also on www.volkskrant.nl/kijkverder (NL/EN)
- Lima: 'Wereldstad van smaak 2021', article and photos in de Volkskrant, and web documentary online (NL)
- Medellin: 'Metropolitan Greenbelt adds public space while healing old wounds', online article and photos on Citiscope and link to web documentary. (EN )
- De Volkskrant, web documentary (NL )
- 'Uncovering the world's Future Cities', an interview by Maaike Goslinga, EJC (EN )
- Radio Interview 'steden van de toekomst', VRPO NPO 1 / Bureau Buitenland (NL )
- Future Cities / Pakhuis de Zwijger live events (EN )
- 'Steden van de toekomst', an interview/blog by Bouwe van Straten, VPRO (NL )
- Cite du Fleuve, Kinshasa (DRC)
- La Future de la Sape, Kinshasa (DRC)
- Elza, Lima (Peru)
- Gastón Acurio, Lima (Peru)