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Urbanisation and the Evolution of Cities

World Cities

  • The advantages of urbanisation
    Article by Ross Gittins - economist and journalist with Sydney Morning Herald. In rich and poor countries alike, cities are a magnet. But why are people so keen to crowd into congested, expensive cities?
  • 2014 Cities of Opportunity Report
    Cities of Opportunity 6 analyzes the trajectory of 30 cities, all capitals of finance, commerce, and culture—and, through their current performance, seeks to open a window on what makes cities function best.
  • World Cities Culture Forum
    A collaborative network of world cities that share a belief in the importance of culture for creating thriving cities.
  • 2014 Hierarchy of World Cities
    Cities are ranked into Alpha, Beta and Gamma cities by taking into account many factors; economic factors are deemed more important than cultural or political factors.
  • Urbanisation Infographic
    How can government plan for infrastructure better so that it is timely, effective and sustainable?
  • STATE OF THE WORLD’S CITIES 2012/2013 Prosperity of Cities
    It is in every city’s interest to adopt organically integrated
    types of development and prosperity.

Megacities of the Developing World

  • Megacities Project
    The Mega Cities Project was initiated in 1987 to combine theory and practice in the search for successful approaches to improving urban management and the conditions of daily life in the world's largest cities. Up to date information on current challenges facing large cities.
  • Growth of megacities
    Sixty years ago in 1950, there were only two megacities (10 million inhabitants) —New York-Newark and Tokyo. In 1995, 14 megacities existed. Today, there are 22. and Latin America. By 2025, there will probably be 30 or more.
  • Fastest growing megacities
    The modern megacity may have been largely an invention of the West, but it’s increasingly to be found largely in the East.
  • Challenges facing megacities in the developing world
    The modern megacity may have been largely an invention of the West, but it’s increasingly to be found largely in the East.
  • Istanbul Case Study
    Istanbul, a dynamic mega city with a population of about 12 million, is Turkey’s largest primate city.

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