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The urbanisation of rural China - ABC Online

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The urbanisation of rural China
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The Chinese government has announced it will move 250 million people from farming areas to the cities by 2025, with the aim of ensuring domestic demand and equalising the standard of living for all.

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10 Most Visited Cities In The World- 2013

10 Most Visited Cities In The World- 2013 | Urban Places | Scoop.it
Many of us like to explore new places and taste new foods and learn about their culture, but we never gave a thought before preferring a place to vis

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Sally Egan's curator insight, September 15, 2013 5:20 PM

Tourism....info graphic on world top tourist cities.

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where's australia

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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 | Urban Places | Scoop.it

Are mega regions sustainable? Is the Western city model the best one to implement even if it is “greened”? Are we going to continue pushing the envelope with a complete disregard for any constraints or consideration of the consequences? Will this help force a collapse as outlined in Limits To Growth: The 30-Year Update: http://www.amazon.com/Limits-Growth-Donella-H-Meadows/dp/193149858X ? Or is there a new paradigm just around the corner? We may be standing at the precipice. Let's figure out the best way to survive the projected nine billion population by the year 2050.


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How the rise of the megacity is changing the way we live

How the rise of the megacity is changing the way we live | Urban Places | Scoop.it

“ The rapid increase in the number of cities home to more than 10 million people will bring huge challenges … and opportunities... ” It's not just that more people now live in cities than in the rural countryside (for the first time in human history). It's not just that major cities are growing increasingly more important to the global economy. The rise of the megacities (cities over 10 million inhabitants) is a startling new phenomenon that really is something we've only seen in the last 50 years or so with the expectation that the number of megacities will double in the next 10 to 20 years (currently there are 23). This reorganization of population entails wholesale restructuring of the economic, environmental, cultural and political networks. The urban challenges that we face today are only going to become increasingly important in the future.


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What's a Toilet Worth?

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“ Lack of access to sanitation costs the world $260 billion a year.”


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Slums- a problem or a solution ?

Slums represent a survival strategy in the face of insufficient & affordable housing and lack of tenure security

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oyndrila's curator insight, October 15, 2013 2:32 PM

Slums in Mumbai display the residents will to survive and dream for the better !

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Slums ignored in BMC's new development plan - Indian Express

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Some of the areas which come under SPAs include Dharavi, one of the biggest slum clusters in the city, along with business districts like Oshiwara, Backbay and SEEPZ.

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Megacities on the Map

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Megacities are major global risk areas. Due to highest concentration of people and extreme dynamics, they are particularly prone to supply crises, social disorganization, political conflicts and na...

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Africa's 'new cities': Urban future or utopian fantasies?

Africa's 'new cities': Urban future or utopian fantasies? | Urban Places | Scoop.it

“ Gleaming high-tech cities are being planned across Africa. Some say they are unrealistic, others say they are the future.”


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Rio de Janeiro's reforestation changes life in the favelas

Rio de Janeiro's reforestation changes life in the favelas | Urban Places | Scoop.it

“ It’s not easy to reach Morro da Formiga, a favela that perches precariously like a bird’s nest on the side of a cliff in the northern part of Rio de Janeiro. But once you get there, its dramatic view of lush forested hillsides is impressive.”


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The world's slums are overcrowded, unhealthy - and increasingly seen as resourceful communities that can offer lessons to modern cities. - The Boston Globe

The world's slums are overcrowded, unhealthy - and increasingly seen as resourceful communities that can offer lessons to modern cities. - The Boston Globe | Urban Places | Scoop.it

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The great inversion

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LONDON is turning inside out. That, anyway, is roughly the argument of a couple of pieceswe have published recently. Just as affluent young professionals seem to be staying in the inner-city longer, turning places such as Dalston (in Hackney) and Peckham (in Southwark) into hipster enclaves, so too are the outer suburbs getting poorer, as people who cannot afford inner-London rents are pushed further out.


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The 10 Most Livable Cities In The World

The 10 Most Livable Cities In The World | Urban Places | Scoop.it
The most livable cities in the world aren't very large or packed full of people. They're also almost entirely in Canada and Australia.

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Sally Egan's curator insight, September 15, 2013 5:33 PM

Urban places and liveability of cities.