The Challenge of the Century: Maarten Hajer

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"We don't need smart cities, we need smart urbanism", says Maarten Hajer, Director-General of PBL Netherlands Environmental Assessment Agency, and professor of Public Policy, University of Amsterdam, in the film 'The Challenge of the Century'.

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Hajer feels that we need to get rid of the modernist paradigm and reinvent urbanism for the 21st century.

"We need a new form of global urbanism that strategically connects city experiments all over the world to speed up learning, so that many more urban citizens may participate in rethinking our cities for a sustainable future. The required complete overhaul of urban planning may very well be the challenge of the century."