Posts made in March, 2016

A tale of two megacities – how Shenzhen and Lagos are coping with urbanisation

Cities are major contributors to the world economy, behind 80% of global economic output. Their rise has been rapid and unprecedented, growing from 2% of the global population in 1800 to 50% today, as more people move from rural to urban areas, compelled by the promise of a better life. By 2050, the UN predicts that two thirds of humanity will live in cities, predominantly in Asia and Africa. Making cities inclusive, safe, sustainable and resilient is one of the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals. “The urban sprawl often outgrows the local infrastructure as the population increases,...

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