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City Futures Project

City Futures Project

The Newcastle City Futures project aims to discover the medium to long-term trends likely to impact upon urban development, and to help with collaboration between city leaders and communities.

Professor Mark Tewdwr-Jones of the School of Architecture, Planning and Landscape is leading the Newcastle City Futures project.

The project uses a range of new methods supported by academic evidence. It aims to shape conversations between city leaders and communities and create a comprehensive view of the medium-to long-term trends likely to impact urban development.

Subjects under discussion include:

  • identifying new economic sectors
  • the health needs of an elderly population
  • investment in public transport (including switching to electric vehicles and more cycling)
  • education opportunities 
  • threats from extreme weather events

There are plans to create a free public-facing urban studies research database where academics will collate their knowledge on the local area to act as a resource for both residents and policymakers.

Cities including San Francisco, Sydney and Shanghai are now collaborating with Newcastle to help manage future change.

Tyne Bridge and Millennium Bridge

Read about our vision for Newcastle as a future smart city.

Find out more about Professor Mark Tewdwr-Jones of the School of Architecture, Planning and Landscape