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Megacities Reflect Growing Urbanization Trend

The capital of the South Asian country Bangladesh, Dhaka, has a population that is booming. However, it stands as one of the world's poorest mega-cities. This report comes from a GlobalPost series about the rise of mega-cities.


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Jess Deady's curator insight, May 4, 2014 8:50 PM

To be a megacity like this, you have to conform to urbanization. There is no possible way to have such a populated and crowed city with farmlands around. This is a place of business yet residential areas, it also is where the marketplaces are and where kids go to school. Megacities need to be a part of an urban society in order for them to stay afloat.

Bec Seeto's curator insight, October 30, 2014 6:07 PM

This is a great introduction to the demographic explosion of the slums within megacities.  This is applicable to many themes within geography.   

Sarah Cannon's curator insight, December 14, 2015 10:20 AM

I can't image or even relate to the experience of living in a place like this. With rivers polluted right outside your house. And those rivers are what people bathe in and wash their clothes. I can't imagine not being able to access clean drinking water or lacking food. The people in Dhaka endure so much their whole lives, a good percentage of them will always live in poverty.

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Shell Foundation: building megacities for the poor

Shell Foundation: building megacities for the poor | Urban Life | Scoop.it
A network of transport experts creates collaboration between a range of groups such as investors and air-quality experts...
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Megacities: Eight Ideas from citytalk for Developing Future Cities – Urban Times

Megacities: Eight Ideas from citytalk for Developing Future Cities – Urban Times | Urban Life | Scoop.it

Last week we hosted another #citytalk tweetchat with the New Cities Foundation on the topic of Future Cities. With the world urbanising, current cities are growing and many new cities are being built. But will the future of the world be led by megacities? Our dicussion looked at the future of current urban areas, how we are developing new cities, and how this might affect urban citizens.


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Megacities: Getting Creative with Urban Megadata – Urban Times

Megacities: Getting Creative with Urban Megadata – Urban Times | Urban Life | Scoop.it
By Adam Oxford at Green Futures

You’re in the local supermarket buying a box of breakfast cereal.
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Mobility shapes the Metropolis

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Mobility shapes our metropolises - The Audi Urban Future Award 2012 seeks to identify new ideas for future urban mobility. To this end, six architectural offices are busy analyzing changes in mobility worldwide.

The experts more or less agree that in the future around 70 percent of the world’s population will live in megacities of eight or more million inhabitants. It’s an immense challenge for the politicians and for society, and companies and corporate groups will likewise have to square up to what will be emphatically different living conditions. “We want to learn to understand this situation and these metropolises in order actively to help shape the mobility of tomorrow,” declares Rupert Stadler, CEO of Audi AG.

To this end, the Ingolstadt-based company launched the Audi Urban Future Initiative and has now for the second time in this context announced an international architects’ prize. Stylepark supports and curates the project: this year six architectural and urban planning offices from metropolitan regions and conurbations have been invited to participate by thinking about mobility conditions on the ground and create visions of future mobility scenarios. Yet the basic situation today is anything but inform...


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