A Manifesto for the Liveable City of 2030


1. The future is urban.

By 2030, an estimated 5 billion will be living in the world’s major cities. Based on UN Sustainable Development Goal 11.3, Prix BLOXHUB Interactive has been established to inspire and enable digital solutions to the challenges posed by rapid, global urbanization.

2. The future is transdisciplinary.

We believe that collaboration across disciplines is the best way to create the complex, many-sided solutions needed to bring about the healthy, liveable city of tomorrow. Let’s approach our challenges from all relevant perspectives. The time for collective, transdisciplinary action is now.

3. The future is inclusive.

Diversity is strength; equitable access to urban resources across gender, ethnicity, income, and physical ability is an essential component in furthering resilience and unleashing the full range of human potential.

4. The future is socially sustainable

Physical, flexible, space enhanced by technology and data-driven solutions shape behavior and create social sustainability. Today, we spend a rapidly increasing amount of time in digital spaces, leading to greater connectivity. Paradoxically, our era is increasingly marked by polarization and segmentation. Hence, our physical urban spaces need recalibration to bridge the disconnect and facilitate the social encounters that lead to greater cohesion and better dialogue.

5. The future is human.

Digital technology is the tool we need to achieve our human-centered aims. Placing humans at the center of our perspective produces timeless solutions with greater cultural resilience against the shifting trends of the future. Technology is a means to an end and it should never be an end in itself.

6. The future is progressive.

On the other hand, technophobia is the conservative enemy of progress and innovation. If you see technology as the problem then, quite frankly, you’re using it the wrong way. Utilized in the right and responsible way, digital technology can be used to solve our most pressing urban, social, structural, and ecological problems.

7. The future is open and shared

Establishing mutually beneficial public-private relationships is a central part of our mission. Having real impact and effecting significant transformation requires co-creation and focused involvement of private companies if we want to create a more liveable future. Let’s marry public problems to private solutions - let’s expand and diversify the relationship between private and public interest.

8. The future is accessible - in every sense of the word.

Complex problems create complex language. However, a new paradigm of urban design needs a new vocabulary. A simpler, inclusive, transdisciplinary language that allows us to communicate in a tone and speak in a way that includes all interested parties irrespective of background, education, and discipline. Friendly tip: kill your jargon.

9. The future is glocal

Our take is Scandinavian, but our scope is international. Informed by Nordic, collectivist ideals we approach digital technology and urban planning with wide-eyed international optimism as well as healthy Scando-skepticism. As the saying goes: think globally, act locally.

10. The future is what you make it.

Despite what many contemporary media would have you believe, the future isn’t a set destination. It’s a place we’re in the process of creating. Our present moment, volatile and unpredictable as it may be, also opens up new creative territory. Actively looking for answers and solutions within this field of tension gives us our purpose. It fuels our determination to find answers to our questions. The answers, which create real impact and bring about the liveable city of 2030.

11. The future is curious.

What does your liveable city of 2030 look like?