Saving the Planet by Design: For an Environmentally and Socially Sound Development Approach to Urbanization
Urbanization may still be the single most neglected global development issue. By 2050, almost the whole population increase of the world will be in the cities of the developing countries (over 96%). The social, economic and environmental consequences of this urban growth will be disastrous if present urbanization patterns continue being replicated. Appropriate new urban forms are being proposed that can minimize land and energy consumption and at the same time create humane living environments. But this is only one contribution. “Saving the Planet by Design” is also an agenda for a deliberate multidisciplinary effort by all those who are concerned with applying their disciplinary skills to the multifaceted aspects of rapid urbanization in resource-poor contexts.
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