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ONU: 3 bilhões de pessoas viverão em favelas em 2050 se mundo não enfrentar rápida urbanização

ONU: 3 bilhões de pessoas viverão em favelas em 2050 se mundo não enfrentar rápida urbanização | Urban Life | Scoop.it
O mundo terá 3 bilhões de pessoas vivendo em favelas em 2050 caso não haja ideias para enfrentar a rápida urbanização. Hoje, 1 bilhão de pessoas vivem em locais sem infraestrutura e serviços básicos como saneamento, energia elétrica e saúde.
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Urban Sense: Smart, Sustainable "Insta-Cities": A Prototype

Urban Sense: Smart, Sustainable "Insta-Cities": A Prototype | Urban Life | Scoop.it

On October 31, the world’s population hit the 7 billion mark. In an era of rapid population growth and the rapid urbanization of the world, some parts of the world find themselves needing more cities—and fast. China is building at a staggering pace – a new city “the equivalent to Rome every few weeks” 

So what are developers and the technology industry doing to make these new, almost “pre-fab” cities sustainable?

Enter Korea’s Songdo International Business District. This brand new city is unfurling itself on land reclaimed from the Yellow Sea. When completed (in 2016), Songdo will be the size of Boston, ready for one million or more residents. Songdo will be a cutting-edge “smart city” with everything from trunk lines to lighting fixtures wired to collect data that will enable companies and residents to monitor and control virtually every piece of urban infrastructure--including water and electricity. This city is to be a prototype of a “city in a box” that will be replicated twenty times in China and India in the coming years...


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Jacob Waters's curator insight, February 10, 2014 10:11 AM

This loose idea of a "Insta-Cities" or what I call "Jack-In-The-Box-Cities"  is a good step toward the future being that you can build a city in the event of a population boom or relocation a city can be built in relativity short time. However the cost of a city, and the cost in my opinion would probably non-appealing, and a techolgy  city what mostly runs on computers could be hacked or materials could be lost in the event of a mishap. All in all it is still a prototype.

 

---Jacob Waters 

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Urban Design for New American Cities

Urban Design for New American Cities | Urban Life | Scoop.it

Around many of our Gateway Cities like New York, Washington DC and San Francisco, are sprouting "New Cities", complete with their own infrastructure, neighborhoods, employment centers and cultural identity.


With exploding global populations, much of the talk around urbanization revolves around cities in Asia, Africa and Latin America. But here at home in the United States, a new type of city form is taking shape. Around many of our Gateway Cities like New York, Washington DC and San Francisco, are sprouting "New Cities", complete with their own infrastructure, neighborhoods, employment centers and cultural identity.

 

The timing of these "New Cities" is good, since in recent years there has been a resurgence of ideas of urban planning that promote mix of uses, walkability and transit oriented development. However, New Cities confront us with many unprecedented realities that we must consider and analyze in depth before we rubber-stamp our current formulas for creating vibrant urban communities. These places are inherently different from Gateway Cities, Suburban Settlements or Rural Areas. They have a DNA of their own, which requires a more tailored response...


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Ricardo Cabeza de Vaca's curator insight, May 26, 2015 9:00 PM

I believe this article is very interesting. It reminds us that because of changing times we also need to change the demographics of our cities. With exploding populations it is time to come up with a "New City' a different type of city with a new type of infrastructure. Around huge population centers these new cities are popping up and are creating a very different environment. These cities are creating permanent, affordable and very diverse places to live. They are creating a positive place for the people that move to these cities. A city of the future and for the future.