Demographic Change and Urbanization – Challenges & Solutions

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How to solve the challenges of the future. About the important role of the construction industry.

Megatrends: Demographic Change & Urbanization

The megatrends “demographic change” and “urbanization” will bring even greater challenges in the future. The population will grow from today 7,6 to almost 10 billion people in 2050. 70 % of them will live in cities.

Diagram showing the world population and urbanization from 1990 to 2100

While in Europe, America and Oceania the population will remain almost the same, it will increase rapidly in Asia and Africa. By 2100, Asia and Africa will account for over 80% of the world’s population.

Diagram showing the European, American and Oceanian population will remain from 1990 to 2100 almost the same while the Asian and African will increase rapidly

This also leads to a change in the megacities. Today, the world’s largest cities are in America and Asia, and in the future they will be in Africa and Asia. The following graph shows the megacities today (green) and in 2100 (yellow). Most of these cities will be located in Africa and much larger than today’s megacities.

World map showing the megacities in the year 2010 and in 2100

Source: Global Cities Institute Working Paper No. 04, University of Toronto

Global Challenges

These megatrends and the rapid growth of cities will bring enormous challenges. Following has to be solved and provided:

  • Affordable housing.

  • Well-functioning infrastructure for water, traffic, energy, sanitary and waste treatment.

  • Environmental protection.

  • Food and drinking water supply.

  • Poverty alleviation and jobs.

Construction Sector as Solution Provider

The construction sector is playing a very essential role to be a solution provider for these challenges. Growing from 7.2 to 10 trillion dollar in 2020, the industry is counting 15 % of the global BIP. Construction will therefore be one of the most important industries in a dual perspective.

The construction industry will be the solution provider for

  • Affordable housing.

  • Efficient infrastructure.

  • Green cities.

  • Smart cities.

Umdasch Group Ventures is thinking about solutions for the future. We are developing new innovations to deliver answers to the burning questions and want to contribute significantly to these social and global challenges.

One of our answer is the recently launched NEULANDT 3P – Your Portable Precast Plant. 3P is a mobile field factory which enables us to mass produce affordable houses anywhere in the world.

Illustration of the portable precast plant N3P, with all six parts of the mobile field factory

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