This article explores the current scenario of urban agglomerations, drawing attention to the growth of population and the process of unruled urbanization that endangers the delicate balance between human settlements and the surrounding environment. It focuses on the heritage values as fundamental elements for a correct urban development and highlights the impacts that metropolises and megacities have on climate change and the effects on them produced by COVID-19. It then looks at the role that minor cities and towns play and the coming opportunity to revamp them using new technologies and connectivity corridors and to mitigate urbanization. It concludes by observing how complex urban problems must be faced with a comprehensive vision that is driven by the social quality approach and an engagement with the BRICS countries.
Paolo Motta is an architect who specializes in territorial and town planning. In the last twenty years, he has focused his work on sustainable urban and integrated development strategies and policies, with a holistic approach not only to technical but also to economic and financial evaluation as well as a variety of social and environmental issues. Recently, he has been specializing in issues involving historic patrimony, cultural heritage, sustainable tourism, and the identification of related operational instruments. He is presently engaged in opposing uncontrolled urbanization processes and exploring mitigation measures proposed by new urban settlement models and approaches. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org