At this moment you are going to shape the cities for generations to come. People need to realise this is an opportunity that will never come again.
Parag Khanna, TED, 2016
We are the global network civilization, and this is our map. A map of the world in which geography is no longer destiny. Instead, the future has a new and more hopeful motto: connectivity is destiny.
Linda Poon, City Lab, Sep 11, 2015
The most valuable visual information that these maps convey is the density of a particular area. Planned right, a dense city can be a positive environment for productivity. Griffiths explains that the clustering effect creates “agglomeration economies.” “If you cluster a whole lot of people close to each other, with skills that aren’t necessarily the same,” he says, “you get opportunities for new creations.”
Urban Think Tank / LafargeHolcim Foundation
Old slums actually function as villages, they’re medium rise, high density urban areas in cities. And actually you have an infinite number of diverse productive businesses going on all along in Dharavi. And what you see in the background here, in the distance, is the alternative, the modern housing block. Now what’s better? To upgrade this village or to house people in those vertical, kind segmented ghettos. I believe the village culture is much more interesting and the village must remain in the city.
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Which cities will contribute the most to global growth or rank among the top 25 cities by population or per capita GDP? Which cities will contribute the largest number of children or elderly in the world? How will regional patterns of growth differ?
Andrew Marr, BBC, 2011
I think the village is the natural unit and perhaps every megacity is like a huge body crammed with millions of ghostly villages of which this is only one.
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