Future Urban Living – A Policy Commission Investigating the Most Appropriate Means for Accommodating Changing Populations and Their Needs in the Cities of the Future

Research output: Book/ReportCommissioned report


  • John Shipley
  • Phil Blythe
  • Chris Brown
  • Brian Collins
  • Susan Juned
  • Richard Miller
  • Michael Pawlyn
  • Jon Price
  • Corinne Swain
  • Stephen Tindale
  • Paul Toyne

External organisations

  • House of Lords
  • Newcastle University
  • Igloo Regeneration
  • University College London
  • Greenwatt Sustainable Solutions
  • Exploration Architecture
  • Centre for Low Carbon Futures
  • Arup
  • Centre for European Reform


The Future Urban Living Policy Commission took evidence from a wide range of leading thinkers on cities from the UK and elsewhere, drawing from it ideas that might inform the way that we live, work and play in the cities and towns of the future. It then tested these ideas with a similarly diverse set of leaders in the various fields of urban activities. This evidence is clustered in a sub-section of the report under headings that strongly reflect the future challenges and opportunities for the UK’s urban areas, as identified by witnesses and interpreted by the Commissioners. The major themes emerging from the evidence have been captured in a model that seeks to inform those governing, and hence developing policies for, the UK’s cities, so that they can help us move towards a more sustainable and resilient future. This evidence is presented as a stand-alone chapter, along with a commentary on the interdependence of these influences and how they can be aligned to produce positive outcomes for both cities and their citizens. The final chapter draws out the remarkable richness in the evidence and concludes with six recommendations for local and national policy-makers.


Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationBirmingham
PublisherUniversity of Birmingham
Commissioning bodyUniversity of Birmingham
Number of pages60
ISBN (Print)978-0-7044-2843-0
Publication statusPublished - 1 Oct 2014


  • Urban areas, Futures, Planning, Cities, Community engagement, City Narrative

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