Megapolis 2025 – The Rhythms of the City
Megapolis 2025 The Rhythms of the City is an urban festival which looks for urban solutions to environmental problems. At Megapolis we’ll be asking what a good city rhythm feels like and who creates it. Will urban lifestyles become more ecological if everyday life slows down? What about the impact of rhythm of life on people’s well-being and happiness?
At Megapolis, the environmental organization Dodo, together with its partners, will be bringing speakers and performers into the spotlight to help us get our teeth into topics such as how to manage our own time in the city, changes in lifestyle, the way society structures time, and our choices from housing to transport and consumer behaviour.
A good city has room for many rhythms. Come and find your own tempo at Megapolis!
The rhythms of change
Towns and cities are key players in the search for solutions to mitigate climate change. They produce almost 80% of the world’s carbon dioxide emissions and account for 75% of energy consumption. Worldwide population growth is also concentrated in urban areas. The challenge of climate change and the end of cheap oil require major social changes. In the cities of the future travel, energy production, diet and consumption habits will be different from today’s. To mitigate climate change, urban areas must reduce their emissions by 40% before 2025.
Developing countries must be able to alter the course of their development and to moderate the expansion of their emissions. In the face of the consequences of climate change and the end of cheap oil, cities around the world have already begun to take resource scarcity more seriously.
At the same time as the challenges of climate and energy are intensifying, cities are experiencing strong growth, particularly in the global South. For the first time, billions of people will have new opportunities to make money and consume, as well as the possibility to join the ranks of the global educated and information-rich. And so urbanisation is a also hopeful process: cities are places of innovation.
Supported by a good rhythm, cities and their populations can achieve greater change in a shorter time, more easily and with less environmental impact. A good urban rhythm produces well-being, insights and new experiences. But a good city doesn’t just have one single “right” rhythm of life. At its best a good urban rhythm is about intelligent life and solutions that suit different kinds of people. And what’s best about it, is that the change starts from ordinary townsfolk like us.
Dodo is an urban environmental organization. The rhythms of the city deal with urban temporal and spatial development and city dwellers’ rhythms of life. The theme allows Dodo to introduce examples of ecologically sustainable answers to the needs of urban areas as we shift into a post-oil epoch.
Dodo believes that in a city of good rhythms, people take responsibility for their use of time, living to a beat that suits them. In a city of good rhythms, moving about the city is pleasant and the cityscape is rich.
Please join us!