Mission 2020: Future of Cities

Challenge: Develop a set of solutions for current cities that present sustainable and equitable solutions to urban consumption by 2050.

Background: In the words of the United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon, “Our struggle for global sustainability will be won or lost in cities. The human future is largely an urban future. We must get urbanization right.”


This year’s students in subject 12.000 Solving Complex Problems addressed the Mission by tackling problems related to the consumption of air, energy, food, space, and water in cities. Their website and final presentation offer a set of recommendations to solve sustainability and equity problems related to these five urban resources by 2050.

Student Website

Spring Break Field Trip

Mexico City, Mexico

Final Presentation

12.000 Topic