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How can cities avoid becoming horrible places to live?

All over the world, cities will see dramatic increases in population during the 21st century. In Asia the speed of urbanization is unprecedented – in China alone300 million people are expected to move to cities over the next 20 years.

Such rapid growth demands new solutions which will allow freedom of movement for urban dwellers:  movement to and from work, movement of food and resources, and movement for leisure. In Beijing, spending on public transportation has risen from 18% of the transportation budget at the beginning of the century to 80% today. With no precedent for such rapid expansion, how can Asia’s fast-growing cities get it right – and where are they likely to go wrong?

Dr Hyun Bang Shin, Senior Lecturer at the London School of Economics, and Volker Buscher, Director at ARUP, examine the change to come and the stark choices that must be made.


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