On October 21st, Vanessa Timmer spoke to urban leaders, scientists and innovation experts from around the world at Futuropolis 2058 in Singapore. It is easier to transition to urban sustainability if we can picture what sustainable cities look like. Future scenarios help us think and plan in more innovative, rigorous and adaptive ways. In her talk, “Imagining Sustainable Cities: Scenario Planning for City Management,” Vanessa argued that we shouldn’t just gather information (“what do we know”) through trend analysis and other tools but also expand our understanding of our options (“what is possible or imaginable”).
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