Working Paper Concept Paper Version 1 This version is not peer-reviewed

Climate Change and Cities of the Future

Version 1 : Received: 19 January 2021 / Approved: 21 January 2021 / Online: 21 January 2021 (13:20:57 CET)

How to cite: Fernandes, S. Climate Change and Cities of the Future. Preprints 2021, 2021010420 Fernandes, S. Climate Change and Cities of the Future. Preprints 2021, 2021010420


60\% of the global population is expected to be in cities by 2050. At the same time the climate is changing at an accelerated rate. In this short paper we discuss the conflation of these two phenomena and how it may change the cities of the future. We formulate this as an optimization problem that could help answer important questions such as where are they likely to be located? How are they to be powered? What would be their demand for mobility and how might this be met? How over or under ground might these cities be? This paper first looks at a historical paradigm of cities in the absence of the climate crisis and then proposes the new paradigm to look at cities of the future faced by the challenge of the climate change crisis.


greenhouse gas; optimization; IPCC; constraint method


Social Sciences, Urban Studies and Planning

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