CITIES

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
A new report has confirmed worldwide urban agriculture now totals 456 million hectares and shows an increase in food being both grown and consumed within cities
UK youth unemployment has fallen again, but October’s figures still remain above pre-recession levels, according to the latest labour market figures
A new report shows the geography behind fast food, diabetes and ethnicity in the UK
Just a few kilometres from the congested downtown of a city whose choking traffic fumes have seen it dubbed the Big Smoke sits a strange anomaly, a dark, placid, fecund place existing in a world of noise, light and chaos

Urban ecosystems found

New research from the US has shed light on ecosystems that exist in urban areas and explain how interactions between humans, geology, chemistry and biology contributed toward urban ecosystems that are particularly sensitive to mismanagement

Growing pains

Population levels are rising and nowhere is this felt more keenly than in the world’s megacities – urban sprawls that each house over ten million people. But such growth brings with it a host of problems

Dire Dhaka

From the Mughals to the British Empire, those who’ve ruled over the region now known as Bangladesh have identified Dhaka as an advantageous location

Water logged

China’s megacities ‘are facing an unprecedented water crisis’, according to the World Conservation Union (IUCN)
Twenty years ago, Mexico City was considered the ultimate urban disaster. But, recent political and economic reforms have transformed it into a hub of individualism, cultural diversity and consumerism

The science of slums

In an edited extract from his new book, Danny Dorling argues that the idea of the population bomb is a fallacy and that the human population is checking its rise without the need for a grand plan

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