The City Observatory

Glasgow and partner cities will act as living labs for testing new approaches to urban problems, providing real-time feedback.

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The Glasgow Atlas

Take a look at diverse urban datasets for Glasgow, from health to house prices, visualised through city map layers.

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The role of cities and their impact on our lives has never been more important.

For most of us, our futures lie in the future of cities. More than 50% of the world’s population live in cities, more than 70% work in cities, and 80% of the world’s economic value is generated in cities. They are the powerhouses of economic growth and innovation.

But cities also have to help find solutions to the global environmental and societal challenges we all face – amongst them climate change, depletion of world’s resources, management of water and waste, and growing inequalities.

Tackling these problems requires innovative solutions, which bring together academic knowledge and the skills of practitioners. It needs a shared appreciation of the origins and natures of each challenge. And it requires collaborative working with citizens to bring about fundamental but essential changes in social and economic behaviour.

We hope you will join us at the Institute for Future Cities to help unlock potential in cities and improve quality of human life in urban areas.

On this website you can learn more about the opportunities to collaborate with us in projects, learn with us on professional development and education courses, and engage with us in debate to help make cities of the future desirable and liveable locations to live and invest.

And you can find out about some of the innovative ways in which the Institute for Future Cities is currently helping to make a difference to people’s lives in cities.

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