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Creating livable cities: Navigating challenges for sustainable future

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Creating livable cities: Navigating challenges for sustainable future

The two-day 18th GYODER Summit, carrying the theme “Conclude Your City With Your Conscience,” kicked off Wednesday in Istanbul Congress Center, seeing the participation of actual property sector stakeholders, business world representatives, and nationwide and worldwide audio system.

The summit covers a variety of panels and themes starting from housing to migration, from disasters to sustainable cities, from the financing dilemma in actual property to new strategy fashions in accessibility in Türkiye.

The first day of the summit noticed the panels “Learning from Disasters” and “The New Dynamic of Urban Transformation: Joining Forces,” the place answer proposals for the issues cities are going through have been mentioned by reflecting on the disasters and local weather crises that threaten all of the world’s cities.

It additionally introduced the documentary “Hope Line,” which depicts efforts on reconstruction performed by GYODER within the area impacted by the early February earthquakes.

Keynote speaker on the occasion, Ian Goldin, professor of globalization and improvement on the University of Oxford and the director of the Oxford Martin Programmes, delivered a speech specializing in the age and dynamics of the cities and the challenges cities are going through these days.

Speaking to Daily Sabah, Goldin mentioned he believed that the long run can be formed within the cities, which he touched upon in his newest guide whereas highlighting the significance of a standard strategy to shaping the cities sooner or later.

“I wrote this my latest book, ‘The Age of the City,’ because I believe that our future will be shaped in the cities, for good or for bad, and that we need to make cities that will create a better life for people in the future,” he mentioned.

“I think what we have learned from crises. We learned it from COVID-19. I think Turkey has learned it from the earthquake is that we are not individuals, we are part of society, we care about people, we care about community, even people we don’t know we care about and that sense of solidarity, being able to help other people is central to the future of cities,” he defined.

Professor Ian Goldin (C front) arrives at the 18th GYODER Summit, Istanbul, Türkiye, Oct. 25, 2023. (Photo by Amina Ali)

Professor Ian Goldin (C entrance) arrives on the 18th GYODER Summit, Istanbul, Türkiye, Oct. 25, 2023. (Photo by Amina Ali)

However, Goldin emphasised that we witness many good or unhealthy examples of cities that work or are the actual drawback for the folks.

“New challenges, for one remote work, which is leading to a lot of empty offices, a lot of wealthy people leaving cities, that’s a challenge,” the professor highlighted, including to the problem of local weather disaster, that he mentioned was “traumatic” for the cities.

Furthermore, he touched upon political challenges and mentioned, “I think the big, dynamic cities are not popular with populous politicians, everywhere and so there is a pushback against cities, which is also dangerous, we see it in the U.S., we see it in Britain, we see it in many places.”

Goldin famous that navigating these and creating livable, clear cities the place communities thrive, the place their jobs overcome the inequalities within the city and cities and different locations is “absolutely key.”

‘Global challenges’

Answering the query of the present geopolitical image, challenges on this regard and the financial prospects, Goldin mentioned, “We are going through time which is a crossroads, for the world, that is related to big structural changes happening.”

Pointing to the rise of many rising powers, primarily China, but additionally others, Goldin mentioned the U.S. now not carries the title of being the predominant financial system on the planet, whereas he additionally underscored the excessive impacts of the shift in provide chains following COVID-19.

“Coming on top of COVID-19, which was extremely disruptive, so we are seeing a transformation of supply chains. We are seeing a transformation of political alliances. We see changing ways of work, with remote work and in all of this. There are also new challenges, that we face, the understanding of challenges like climate change.”

“So, I sense that there is no coordination at the global level, the United Nations system is extremely weak. The Security Council is ineffective, we see this in Ukraine, we see this in the Middle East with Israel and Gaza and we see it elsewhere,” he underscored.

Therefore, we see that issues are rising, he mentioned, but additionally famous that the time of elevated danger on a number of dimensions offers many alternatives, comparable to permitting new powers to current themselves.

“It’s allowing reorganization of trade for new markets, which are growing extremely rapidly, Asia is growing extremely rapidly and of course, there are new technologies like artificial intelligence accelerating,” he elaborated, asserting that it means the character of labor can also be altering.

‘AI role in future’

Elaborating on the transformative function and giving perception into expectations on this discipline, Goldin mentioned, “I think AI will be very transformative; we are not seeing it yet; it might take 10 or 20 years for it to emerge in its full potential, not only because the technology is still very young, but also because the systems that you need for management, implementation, production are different.”

“But what I think we should expect is that many jobs today will be different. There won’t be call centers in 20 years’ time. There won’t be people filling in forms in back offices. I think many manufacturing processes will also be automated and robotized,” he defined.

However, he mentioned, there are various jobs that may’t get replaced by AI, particularly the roles that require creativity, care and engagement, comparable to schooling.

“It will be something that adds to, which augments the potential, but I don’t believe it will take away the human role; it will make humans more productive and creative, but some jobs will certainly be lost,” he emphasised.

Goldin concluded by emphasizing the person’s function and steadiness required for the transformation within the cities via a cooperative spirit.

“So, I think we need to balance our private individualism, the profit merges of individualistic interests with much more cooperative spirit, where we recognize we will be only successful if others are successful. We will only be sustainable if others are sustainable, so that I think is going to be a big transformation, and it’s a transformation that we need.”

“Often we knew (this) when we were poorer, but we grew out that feeling sometimes, as we become more wealthy and living in the cities, we become more individualistic, which needs to be re-learned.”

Source: www.dailysabah.com

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