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Solly Angel on How Cities Can Make Room Now for Growth Tomorrow
Solly Angel on How Cities Can Make Room Now for Growth Tomorrow
Countless cities are struggling to rein in development that is pushing their peripheries further and further from the city center. By 2030, many medium-sized cities in the global south are projected to double or triple in population, and much of ...
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Jenna Davis on Why Policy Reform Can Do More for Clean Water Access Than Technology
There were 663 million people without access to safe drinking water in 2015, according to the United Nations and World Health Organization. Many of those going without are from low-income households in cities across the global south. Jenna Davis, associate professor ...
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Colombo, Sri Lanka has transformed into a more connected, livable and productive city in the last 10 years. Photo by Sammu/Flickr
Jon Kher Kaw on Transformative Solutions for South Asia’s Growing Cities
Jon Kher Kaw, a senior urban development specialist at the World Bank, believes the most pressing challenge for urbanization in South Asian cities is accommodating the overwhelming number of new residents. Reflecting on his wealth of experience working with cities ...
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Video: Rit Aggarwala on the Promise of Big Data and a More Responsive City
Video: Rit Aggarwala on the Promise of Big Data and a More Responsive City
Rit Aggarwala says we should think of the city as a machine. “It requires capacity to handle the people, the traffic, the throughput, the sewage, the garbage, everything that a city is there to handle. And if it is overcapacity, ...
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Video: Edgar Pieterse on Housing and the Democracy Deficit in African Cities
Video: Edgar Pieterse on Housing and the Democracy Deficit in African Cities
Edgar Pieterse, an urban scholar and founding director of the African Centre for Cities at the University of Cape Town, says there are two major challenges facing African cities today. First, the majority of urban residents don’t have access to ...
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Video: Alain Bertaud on Breaking the Mold for Urban Development, Balancing Climate Goals
Video: Alain Bertaud on Breaking the Mold for Urban Development, Balancing Climate Goals
Cities across the global south are in a bind. As they absorb more residents, providing access to core services like housing and energy – already a challenge – is getting even harder. Policymakers are looking for answers, and Alain Bertaud, ...
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