An issue in many cities – one that is turning into a crisis in some – is affordable housing. Against the background of urbanisation, housing prices have skyrocketed. The United Nations Population Fund estimates that five billion people will be living in urban areas by 2030, 60 per cent of humanity. In Germany, the urban share of total population is above the global average. While villages are dying, cities are prospering – but the supply of urban housing is insufficient.
Therefore, intelligent town planning is a key field of action for the future. This involves affordable housing in a stable infrastructure that caters to the needs of private and work life, social interaction and green/open space on the one side, and ecological aspects on the other. How can we sustain a good quality of life for future generations?