2017 Digital Storytelling Contest, Innovative Storytelling, 3rd prize

Future Cities

In this century of rapid urbanization, Future Cities is a multimedia project devoted to the stories and people behind the statistics of urbanization and growth in five of the world’s most engaging, emerging cities: Kinshasa, Lima, Yangon, Medellin and Addis Ababa.

Future Cities takes you to the shifting urban frontier of this next generation of cities. While our subject cities are each experiencing rapid economic and demographic growth, their roles in the current discussion about the future of our urban areas are often overlooked. While consulting firms often simply rank cities, this project delves deep into the urban landscape to explore the people and growth statistics. In each case we ask: What do they excel at in this city and why? Who are the principal drivers behind this change? And what is needed to propel the city forward and make it a more successful participant on the world stage?

Production team

    Directors: Yvonne Brandwijk, Stephanie Bakker
    Photography, film: Yvonne Brandwijk
    Writing, reporting: Stephanie Bakker
    Video-editing: Maaike Holvast
    Interactive design: Sara Kolster
    Visual design / trailer: Ivo Schmetz
    Development: Edgar Vijgeboom, Martijn Pantlin, Hay Kranen (coding)
    Sound design: Casper van Deuveren
    Media partner: de Volkskrant

    Supported by: European Journalism Centre, Fonds Bijzondere Journalistieke Projecten, Stimuleringsfonds voor de Creatieve Industrie