By 2025, the developing world will be home to 29 megacities.
Through this interactive mapping feature with rich call-out boxes, the reader can explore the latest UN estimates and forecasts on the growth of megacities (urban areas with over 10 million residents). These 'cities on steroids' have been growing tremendously since the 1950s and present a unique set of geographic challenges and opportunities for their residents.
RECENT consultations regarding the proposed extension to Melbourne's urban growth boundary have provoked significant comment about the impact of urban sprawl on our health and the environment, but have paid insufficient attention to the effect on our food supply. Are we planning for the supply of healthy and affordable food needed for an increasing population, while at the same time reducing greenhouse gas emissions and making the most of our diminishing supply of water?
The Age has identified hectares of private and publicly owned land within kilometres of the CBD that is being underused - sites such as a large expanse of vacant industrial land near North Melbourne station owned by prominent businessman Solomon Lew that has remained undeveloped since he purchased it 17 years ago.
Over the coming years, the Victorian industry will face a serious challenge in successfully managing Melbourne’s growth. With density levels expected to rise exponentially over the next 40 years, the government has joined industry forces in hope ...
Moving from farms to cities does not always translate to gains in incomeAS A general rule, moving to work in cities is synonymous with economic growth, and the more people do the first, the more countries get of the second.
Melbourne’s urban sprawl will push another 50,000 houses into surrounding farmland in the next 15 years, putting further pressure on Melbourne’s stretched transport system. Despite Government planning policies backing increased city density, almost half of all new housing expected in Melbourne over the next decade will be built on Melbourne’s fringes where there is little access to public transport.
In this public lecture, which took place on October 4, 2011, at Simon Fraser University's Vancouver campus, Rob Adams, the director of city design for Melbourne, shared some of his experiences in leading this transformation. He also discussed how Melbourne's success could be applied to development in Metro Vancouver's key centres.