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David Smith, chief strategy officer at MWH, now part of Stantec.

The idea of the megacity is not new to our rapidly urbanising world: there are currently 425 metropolitan areas of one-million-plus people, with 650 expected by 2025.

These concentrated masses of population promise to be hotbeds of innovation, creativity, and prosperity. The danger, however, is that we are failing to recognise the vast challenges these communities face over the next two decades, not least from climate change, energy and water resources, and food security.

David Smith, chief strategy officer at MWH, now part of Stantec gives his thoughts on how the world’s megacities can make the transition to low-carbon, resource-efficient hubs that can facilitate sustainable business growth.

Read his thought-leadership piece published by Edie.net here.