Our global cities are growing at an unprecedented rate. Visions of the ‘Future City’ have captured our imaginations for hundreds of years, as urban areas around the world have been conceptualised, built, adapted and analysed. Some of these visions have flourished and some have failed. Here, Helen Kendrick explores how Future Cities projects such as the City Observatory aims to make life in cities better for all of us for the future, using the example of massive health disparities in Glasgow.

Helen Kendrick is the programme manager at the Institute for Future Cities based at University of Strathclyde, Glasgow.