We don’t usually think of cities as healthy places. As they grow, so do rates of disease, drug resistance, pollution and waste. Not to mention their need for more and more energy and the potential for damaging the environment. But all this growth creates a huge opportunity: the chance to build healthier places for us to live in.
This zone will feature people working to make our cities better places to live. Scientists could be monitoring our air quality, improving water use or finding new ways to generate electricity and move it to where it’s needed most. They could be building smarter traffic control to avoid bad jams, helping design public exercise spaces that people actually want to use (not gyms!), or even studying how to encourage animals and plants to thrive in cities, and what the effects are on our physical and mental health might be.