City Living

Young people’s experiences of living in global cities

Different cities have different geographic constraints, as well as socio-political histories, which serve as both limitations and catalysts for spatial change.

Cities are changing, and so are the ways in which we inhabit them. There are new pressures on both residents and the urban environments, such as more people, competitive job markets, long commutes, less affordable housing, which can   be particularly challenging for those just beginning their careers.

At Human City, we sought to address a set number of questions in order to gain deeper insight into the experience of young people living in global cities so that you know how — and why — it is imperative to provide a wider range of housing options.

Our guiding questions included:

  • What are the problems young people face in large cities?
  • What attracts young people to reside in global cities in the first place?
  • What is their preferred scenario when it comes to living in large cities?
  • What factors determine their choice of housing in practice?
  • What else can be done to accommodate them?

We conducted interviews in four different regional environments: London, Cape Town, Dublin and New York City. Different cities had different geographic limitations, as well as socio-political histories, which served as both limitations and catalysts for spatial change. However, we also noticed many similar drivers and challenges between cities, which illustrates the globalised nature of today’s economy.

Check out our short presentation on the main challenges and opportunities: