CITIES

Megacities across the world are resource hungry, but not all consume at the same rate

Manila: clean and green

The rivers in the Philippine capital long held a reputation for their levels of pollution. Paul Miles reports on a natural solution originating in Scotland, that has seen the waterways undergo a dramatic change for the better

Nature takes off

 Singapore is building an airport where indoor trees, waterfalls and a ‘rain vortex’ sit alongside check-in queues, transit lounges and baggage carousels

A greener gotham

A plan to prepare the Big Apple for future climate change is proposing a green revolution for the city, but fears over public involvement remain.

New lives for nomads

As Genghis Khan once said, ‘Conquering the world on horseback is easy. It is dismounting and governing that is hard’
African and Asian coastal megacities are at the highest risk from a global rise in sea level, says a new report
Chennai’s £2.6billion metro system is among India’s most expensive megaprojects, but a scheduled opening this month has been delayed
Many major cities around the world are set to face severe water problems over the coming decades, but Singapore – the perennial resource underdog – leads the way in urban water management

Sailing the earth

It came from the 1970s, and it’s found out on New Mexico’s high desert mesa. This unusual home is an ‘Earthship’, designed by architect Michael Reynolds as the ultimate in off grid living
Brazil possesses 12 per cent of the world’s freshwater, and yet São Paulo – the biggest and richest city in South America – is suffering from severe drought with deforestation getting the blame
If reports are to be believed, Sana’a, and other cities in Yemen, will soon be the first in the world to run out of water. Can this crisis be averted?

Unseen London

A look at the capital’s hidden buildings

Island of the Aztecs

A man-made island in western Mexico lays claim to a legendary history

Unknown Baghdad

Geographical selects neglected episodes from a distinguished city
Our metropolises are becoming highly networked and technologically advanced urban hubs. How should we react to the rise of the smart city?
For the past six years, Abu Dhabi has been building what it hopes will be the world’s leading eco-city – Masdar City. But questions are being asked as to just who these types of man-made habitats are actually for

This is the way to Amarilla

A second line on the world’s biggest urban cable car network, known as the Línea Amarilla (‘yellow line’), has opened in Bolivia’s capital city, La Paz
Rapidly climbing levels of obesity across China are being blamed on bad urban design that encourages car usage over walking

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