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Mumbai's textile spaces face redevelopment

Mumbai's textile spaces face redevelopment | A2 World Cities | Scoop.it
Most of Mumbai's textile mills closed down in the 1980s.
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Jaime Lerner discovering eccentric solutions to vexing urban problems. (Curitiba guy from Year 11!)| Video on TED.com

Jaime Lerner reinvented urban space in his native Curitiba, Brazil. Along the way, he changed the way city planners worldwide see what’s possible in the metropolitan landscape.

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The 10 Cities That Are Leading The Way In Urban Sustainability

The 10 Cities That Are Leading The Way In Urban Sustainability | A2 World Cities | Scoop.it
Cities are the laboratories where the most innovative ideas for surviving in the future can be tested. These 10from New York to Tokyo to Bogotawere...
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Bruce’s Sterling’s vision of the future city

Bruce’s Sterling’s vision of the future city | A2 World Cities | Scoop.it
What will the city of 2050 be like? Acclaimed science fiction author Bruce Sterling paints a picture of urban sprawl and lost opportunities.
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Why we need to bring nature back into cities

Why we need to bring nature back into cities | A2 World Cities | Scoop.it
Urban areas could be the best hope for the survival of many species, but to do so we need to incorporate the natural world in new and innovative ways.
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The future home: self-sufficient in meat, fish, vegetables and fruit

The future home: self-sufficient in meat, fish, vegetables and fruit | A2 World Cities | Scoop.it
Future homes and workplaces are set to be transformed into complex food production systems becoming self-sufficient in meat, fish, vegetables and fruit, according to research due to go on public display in Britain for the first time next month.
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Kenyan viewpoint: Too busy tweeting to vote?

Kenyan viewpoint: Too busy tweeting to vote? | A2 World Cities | Scoop.it
In our series of viewpoints from African journalists, Kenfrey Kiberenge considers whether middle class Kenyans' Twitter habitat impedes their attendance at the ballot box.
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Why People Choose Cars, Even When Mass Transit Would Serve Them Better

Why People Choose Cars, Even When Mass Transit Would Serve Them Better | A2 World Cities | Scoop.it
The "car effect" explains why so many people choose to drive even when it's not in their best interest.

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Staring at the Shard

Staring at the Shard | A2 World Cities | Scoop.it
Will Self is dazzled by the modern urban skyline, but wonders if we have lost our dreams of making cities better places to live.
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North of England 'needs major derelict home refurbishment drive to kick-start stalled economic recovery'

North of England 'needs major derelict home refurbishment drive to kick-start stalled economic recovery' | A2 World Cities | Scoop.it
A major drive to refurbish thousands of derelict homes across the North of England to help kick-start the stalled economic recovery is urged today by an influential think-tank.
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Boomtown slum

Boomtown slum | A2 World Cities | Scoop.it
A food and clothes stall in Kibera Source: All Images by Piers Benatar/Panos for The Economist Litter strewn train tracks lead to Nairobi. Commuters leave early in...

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China struggles with growing urbanisation

China struggles with growing urbanisation | A2 World Cities | Scoop.it
The country wants to become a modern society with a strong middle class, but can this be done without everyone on board?

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How biomimicry is bringing buildings to life

How biomimicry is bringing buildings to life | A2 World Cities | Scoop.it
A new series of projects will allow buildings and even its furniture to sense how they are being used and adapt to changes in the environment around them.
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2012's Fastest Growing (and Shrinking) Cities

2012's Fastest Growing (and Shrinking) Cities | A2 World Cities | Scoop.it
The trend is pretty stark....

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Why Gentrification Is So Hard to Stop

Why Gentrification Is  So Hard to Stop | A2 World Cities | Scoop.it
Gentrification isn't new -- it's actually baked into the economic forces that have been driving urban development since the 1950s.

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Hidden slums of Singapore revealed

Hidden slums of Singapore revealed | A2 World Cities | Scoop.it
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Is your perception different? 

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Life in 2050: How much space will you have to live in?

Life in 2050: How much space will you have to live in? | A2 World Cities | Scoop.it
We know our cities are getting crowded, but exactly how much? Find out how urban living will change over the next few decades in our infographic.
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India 'most populous nation' by 2028

India 'most populous nation' by 2028 | A2 World Cities | Scoop.it
The United Nations says India will overtake China as the world's most populous country by 2028, and that the global population will reach 9.6 billion by 2050.
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'Dharavi not a slum; it's Asia's largest small-scale industry' - Entertainment - DNA

'Dharavi not a slum; it's Asia's largest small-scale industry' - Entertainment -  DNA | A2 World Cities | Scoop.it
Think Dharavi and chances are, you�ll think of a film. The slum and its residents have fascinated scores of filmmakers from all over the world. With Dharavi Diary, filmmaker Nawneet Ranjan attempts to do more than to just tell a story.
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Crystal Sharp's curator insight, November 13, 2013 3:07 PM

Dharavi Diary:  A documentary film on the settlements in Dharavi.

 

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China acknowledges 'cancer villages'

China acknowledges 'cancer villages' | A2 World Cities | Scoop.it
China's environment ministry appears to have acknowledged the existence of so-called "cancer villages", after years of public speculation about the impact of pollution in certain areas.
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The Rio favela transformed into prime real estate

The Rio favela transformed into prime real estate | A2 World Cities | Scoop.it
Wealthy buyers are snapping up plots of land in Vidigal after authorities pushed out drug gangs

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Mexico City wins 2013 Sustainable Transport Award » Geo-Mexico, the geography of Mexico | Geo-Mexico, the geography of Mexico

Mexico City wins 2013 Sustainable Transport Award » Geo-Mexico, the geography of Mexico | Geo-Mexico, the geography of Mexico | A2 World Cities | Scoop.it
The Institute for Transportation and Development Policy (ITDP), together with an international committee of transportation and development experts, has awarded

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High pollution sparks China anger

High levels of pollution in northern China and the capital, Beijing, in recent days prompt calls for government action in state and social media.
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Beijing pollution at hazard level

Beijing pollution at hazard level | A2 World Cities | Scoop.it
Air pollution in the Chinese capital Beijing reaches levels judged as hazardous to health, with visibility down to a few hundred metres.
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Landfill Harmonic


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Bob Manning's curator insight, December 13, 2012 10:11 PM

Another example of frugal innovation and what we can learn from people who are often times discounted.

Jimmy Power's comment, December 18, 2012 9:19 AM
A lesson for us all the human spirit will always come through
Chris Olenik's comment, April 16, 2013 8:14 PM
They have a Kickstarter! http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/405192963/landfill-harmonic-inspiring-dreams-one-note-at-a-t
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Shaping the slums: Rethinking Brazil’s favelas

Shaping the slums: Rethinking Brazil’s favelas | A2 World Cities | Scoop.it
One of the country's top architects takes a radical approach to rethinking housing for some of the world's poorest people.
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Should we build streets in the sky?

Should we build streets in the sky? | A2 World Cities | Scoop.it
In a new series, BBC News looks at the continuing appeal of the skyscraper.
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