With Thanks to The Guardian for this photograph
Rubbish has been flooding the streets of Beirut for 9 months. Failure to deal adequately (or at all) with the products of urban growth and the pressure of increasing population will introduce all kinds of diseases, social unrest and eventually bring a city to its knees. Yet, this is a valuable source of reusable consumables and power.
Go to the link below to see a video of the situation in all its wasteful extent:
Many cities are fighting a losing battle against the ravages of nature, but is it possible to identify the world’s most vulnerable metropolis? Natural events are notoriously hard to predict – but the prospects for Malé do look particularly grim. For even if its new sea wall continues to be effective, the islands around the Maldives capital are going to disappear before too long. And if they disappear, so does Malé’s raison d’etre.
READ MORE HERE
With thanks to the Panorama of the Thames Project
An excellent 15 minute radio lecture concerning the impact of a rapid growth of high-rise luxury housing in cities, with London as an example.
Four Thought – Saving the Skyline
Coastal cities like Shanghai, Mumbai and New York have traditionally been centers not only of trade but also of commerce, culture, and wealth. They monopolize infrastructure investment and media attention, and occupy the longings of aspirational youth seeking stimulation and opportunity.
The world’s opportunistic inland cities are happy to take the development pressure off troubled coastal cities, and in the past two decades many have done so with the gusto of global ambition.
READ MORE HERE: China’s Inland Cities
When we think of urban expansion in the 21st century, we often think of ‘sprawl’, a term that calls to mind low-density, car-oriented suburban growth, perhaps made up of single-family homes.
Past studies have suggested that historically, cities around the world are becoming less dense as they grow, which has prompted worries about the environmental impacts of excess land consumption and automobile dependency.
A widely cited rule of thumb is that as the population of a city doubles, its built area triples. But our new study on urban expansion in East Asia has yielded some surprising findings that are making us rethink this assumption of declining urban densities everywhere.
Read this interesting article from Sustainable Cities and link to the full report HERE