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THE THIRD INDUSTRIAL REVOLUTION - Implications for planning Cities and Regions

In April 2012 the Economist Magazine featured an article on the Third Industrial Revolution. With the internet and advances in technology, the transformation of manufacturing globally will become increasingly digital, allowing many things such as pharmaceuticals, fashion, home and building products, and spare parts to be produced more economically, in smaller numbers, with greater flexibility and much lower input of labour and materials inputs, thanks to completely new processes such as 3D printing, easy-to-use robots and new collaborative manufacturing services available online. As the Economist article stated, “the wheel is almost coming full circle, turning away from mass manufacturing and towards much more individualised production. And that in turn could bring some of the jobs back to rich countries that long ago lost them to the emerging world.”

The Third Industrial Revolution will place significant changes all elements of the planning and development of cities in the future. Urban Frontiers have devised an overview of our thoughts and opinion of what the future for planning involves, please follow the link below.

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