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World Cities

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Cities play a key role in modern life and international development.  As of 2011, more than half the world’s population lived in urban areas.
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[Voice] Do planned cities work?

[Voice] Do planned cities work? | A2 World Cities | Scoop.it

Brasilia, Canberra, Sejong and Songdo all share a common trait: They are planned cities. Despite mixed assessments of the success of cities built from scratch worldwide, South Korea has repeatedly embraced the concept.

The Seoul satellites of Ilsan and Bundang were built as planned developments in the 1990s. Today, the partially completed Songdo International Business District and Sejong City stand as the latest experiments with meticulous planning. Both aim to take congestion away from the capital and enable smarter and more environmentally sustainable ways of living. Both, too, make audacious claims.

This report looks at those claims...


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BBC NEWS | In pictures : Life in Dharavi, Dharavi

BBC NEWS | In pictures : Life in Dharavi, Dharavi | A2 World Cities | Scoop.it
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7 Billion Humans | National Geographic Magazine

7 Billion Humans | National Geographic Magazine | A2 World Cities | Scoop.it
7 Billion Humans Story by National Geographic Magazine photographer, Randy Olson.
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Audio slideshow: On the map

Audio slideshow: On the map | A2 World Cities | Scoop.it
How people living in what is often described as Africa's biggest slum - Kibera in Kenya - have put themselves on the map.
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Inspiration in Kibera, Kenya

Inspiration in Kibera, Kenya | A2 World Cities | Scoop.it
For our next Olympic and Paralympic Value assembly, World Class schools are debating Inspiration on Wednesday 18 July with pupils in Kibera, Nairobi...
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Slums: of Hope or Despair

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Solar-powered 'supertrees' breathe life into Singapore's urban oasis - CNN.com

Solar-powered 'supertrees' breathe life into Singapore's urban oasis - CNN.com | A2 World Cities | Scoop.it
Singapore's latest development opens this month, with imposing 50-meter-tall artificial trees towering over botanical gardens.

The man-made mechanical forest consists of 18 supertrees that act as vertical gardens, generating solar power, acting as air venting ducts for nearby conservatories, and collecting rainwater. To generate electricity, 11 of the supertrees are fitted with solar photovoltaic systems that convert sunlight into energy, which provides lighting and aids water technology within the conservatories below.


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Life in Mumbai (pt 2/3)

Life in Mumbai (pt 2/3) | A2 World Cities | Scoop.it
A look at industry and housing in modern Mumbai, India.
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BBC NEWS | Science/Nature | The challenges facing an urban world

BBC NEWS | Science/Nature | The challenges facing an urban world | A2 World Cities | Scoop.it
As the planet nears the point where most people will live in cities, what are the challenges facing an urban world?
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Map Kibera

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World's largest cities are morphing into overcrowded 'mega regions' defined by poverty and pollution, UN report warns

World's largest cities are morphing into overcrowded 'mega regions' defined by poverty and pollution, UN report warns | A2 World Cities | Scoop.it
The continuing growth of urban areas is likely to be one of the most significant factors affecting society over the next 50 years.
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