urbanisation

This is humankind's 'great urbanisation'. We must do it right, or the planet will pay

This is humankind's 'great urbanisation'. We must do it right, or the planet will pay

The world will never again build cities as rapidly as it does this century. If we are serious about limiting global warming, tackling air pollution and promoting innovative, resource-efficient growth,
Finding solutions to the UK’s housing crisis | Letters

Finding solutions to the UK’s housing crisis | Letters

Readers respond to Britain’s chronic shortage of affordable housing with solutions of their ownLarry Elliott suggests five steps to fix the housing market (Britain’s broken housing market – and how to
Illegal building 'played central role' in floods that killed 20 in Athens

Illegal building 'played central role' in floods that killed 20 in Athens

Uncontrolled construction in Greek capital has led to many streams being concreted over, leaving rivers no outlet to the seaChaotic urban planning and illegal construction in Athens played a central
'Addis has run out of space': Ethiopia's radical redesign

'Addis has run out of space': Ethiopia's radical redesign

As Addis Ababa creaks under the weight of a mushrooming populace, sub-Saharan Africa’s largest housing project is under way. But who benefits?Wrapped in a white shawl and sporting a wide-brimmed
Chaotic capitalism: the human sculptures of Nigeria's sprawling Balogan market

Chaotic capitalism: the human sculptures of Nigeria's sprawling Balogan market

It is one of the biggest street markets in the world, a sprawling, dazzling city within a city that is frequented by tens of thousands of people every day. Photographer Lorenzo Vitturi reveals how he
Bamboo worlds: the beauty of Chinese aquaculture – in pictures

Bamboo worlds: the beauty of Chinese aquaculture – in pictures

In Coastal Geometries, architect and photographer Tugo Cheng conjures minimalist compositions from the fishing nets and bamboo poles on the coast of Fujian. It is a world that’s vanishing, since this
The big dig: how the high cost of land is forcing Hong Kong into caverns

The big dig: how the high cost of land is forcing Hong Kong into caverns

With the highest house prices in the world, and most of its land unbuildable, the city has found a new way to expand – by moving facilities into caves in the mountainsThere is a particular bridge in
A Chinese artist is growing sweet potatoes as a form of art

A Chinese artist is growing sweet potatoes as a form of art

A sweet potato is not a work of art, but growing one can be. A Chinese artist is out to prove it. “Urbanization and gentrification…
'Leave us alone': India's villagers rebel against urbanisation

'Leave us alone': India's villagers rebel against urbanisation

Gujarat, one of the fastest urbanising states in India, seems to be doing so against the wishes of its peopleAs you move west from the crowded old neighbourhoods of inner-city Ahmedabad, the roads
Roads to nowhere: how infrastructure built on American inequality

Roads to nowhere: how infrastructure built on American inequality

From highways carved through thriving ‘ghettoes’ to walls segregating black and white areas, US city development has a long and divisive historyIt’s a little after 3pm in Detroit’s 8 Mile
Boomburbs: Sydney's urban sprawl seen from above – in pictures

Boomburbs: Sydney's urban sprawl seen from above – in pictures

When Andrew Merry exhibited his hypnotic aerial images of Sydney’s new suburbia in 2006 many people could not believe they were taken in Australia. A decade on, he looks back on the seriesAustralian
US cities losing 36 million trees a year, researchers find

US cities losing 36 million trees a year, researchers find

Scientists warn of environmental threats rising from trend that is ‘likely to continue unless policies are altered’Cities in the United States are increasingly seeing concrete in place of greenery as
Skyscrapers wreck cities – yet still Britain builds them | Simon Jenkins

Skyscrapers wreck cities – yet still Britain builds them | Simon Jenkins

Around 500 towers are proposed for London. They’re not just ugly: they symbolise Britain’s greedy pandering to developersI love towers and hate towers. I love those of Siena and San Gimignano and the
Copenhagenize your city: the case for urban cycling in 12 graphs

Copenhagenize your city: the case for urban cycling in 12 graphs

Danish-Canadian urban designer Mikael Colville-Andersen busts some common myths and shows how the bicycle has the potential to transform cities around the worldCopenhagenize is published by Island
Telford at 50: Could new towns offer a fresh start to millennials today?

Telford at 50: Could new towns offer a fresh start to millennials today?

My family benefited from the homes and jobs on offer in 1970s Telford. But real life didn’t quite live up to the utopian dreamIt starts with a sign. A young man, briefcase in hand, is walking across
Uprooted: old tree transplants for China's new cities – in pictures

Uprooted: old tree transplants for China's new cities – in pictures

China is reconstructing nature alongside rapid urbanisation. Yan Wang Preston photographed the uprooted trees that have been moved to new cities Continue reading...
Rooftop farming: why vertical gardening is blooming in Kampala

Rooftop farming: why vertical gardening is blooming in Kampala

Ugandans are finding creative solutions to the growing challenges of urbanisationWhen Martin Agaba realised his urban farm had run out of space, he decided the solution was not to expand outwards but
The tribal community accounts for 50% of malaria-related deaths in India

The tribal community accounts for 50% of malaria-related deaths in India

104 million tribal people, accounting for 8.6% of India’s population, are heavily marginalised and discriminated against. Not only are tribal communities socio-economically othered by the…
Spite buildings and 50C cities: the most-read urban stories of 2018

Spite buildings and 50C cities: the most-read urban stories of 2018

From overstretched and overheating cities to an urban paradise that banned cars, here are the best-read cities stories of this yearIn a year of unrelenting political and climactic extremes, some of
Maps show how Bengaluru is expanding way too quickly for its residents

Maps show how Bengaluru is expanding way too quickly for its residents

The home of India’s tech industry is growing rapidly. But basic government services have yet to catch up. While most people in the southern Indian…
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