From Debra Roberts - the first chief resilience officer of Durban, South Africa - http://citiscope.org/habitatIII/news/2016/09/were-entering-new-era-cities-and-science -
"This dialogue is just getting started in a serious way. In the past, cities were not places where science was a driving force. In the next 20 to 50 years, all big developmental decisions will be made in cities. They are becoming the loci on the face of the earth where literally everything (social, natural, economic pressures and opportunities) merge. Science is being added into the programme as a necessary consideration and tool. We’re at the beginning of the debate — it’s been a much more passive actor in the past. Going forward, cities are going to begin to define the development path around not only political and social criteria but around also scientific criteria."