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Weekly Roundup 086 – 15th to 21st October


UDC Weekly roundup‘The Human Challenge of Global Urban Development
Authored by Richard Florida

The world is at the edge of a breakthrough as there are waves of new ideologies and technologies along with increased mobilization.

With a visible change in our interactions and mobilization, there is a shift of global needs in terms of a secure renewed political commitment for sustainable urban development. The Habitat III Conference (17-20 October 2016), therefore has adopted an approach which will set global standards of achievement in a sustainable development, rethinking the way we build, manage, and live in cities through drawing together cooperation with committed partners, relevant stakeholders, and urban actors at all levels of government as well as the private sector.

Florida analyses the advantages and drawbacks of rapid urbanization, based on the 2016 World Cities Report published in the buildup to Habitat III, to get a better understanding of the proposed New Urban Agenda to make cities and sustainable urban growth a priority.

Read the whole piece here.

Published by Citylab.


‘Mapping the Global Future
Published by National Intelligence Council’s 2020 Project


cover-mappingUrbanization can be termed as both a cause and effect of industrialization, commercialization, transportation and a desire for change in the social fabric.

Today 54% of the world’s population lives in an urban area, which is expected to rise by leaps and bounds in another 15-20 years. Along with new technology and increasing concern on climate change, this has led to new trends such as sub-urbanization and counter urbanization, creating a new approach towards town planning and policy making.

Off late the balance of power in the global economy is shifting because of mass mobilization of manpower, goods and services. This is slowly causing a shift in the Geo-political scenario of the world, creating new emerging super economies and developing micro economies. Shifts in geopolitical power will have a potentially profound impact on urbanization, for the nature of market competition is going to change.

This will lead to a change in the global GDP and hence in the interaction pattern of people, services and goods at a global level. It will lead to changes within services like transportation and communication with an increase in the concern for a holistic human and economic development. Collectively, this (with certain other factors) will lead to new trends within urbanization and policy making, creating a new global urban fabric.

This report by National Intelligence Council’s 2020 Project helps us get an insight on these changing trends, an analysis and understanding of which might help us predict and design better policies for a sustainable and equitable urban growth.

Read the publication here.


‘How Megacities are Changing the Map of the World
Created by TedX Talks

Parag Khanna, a global strategist and geopolitical futurist, foresees a world in which mega-cities, supply chains and connective technologies redraw the map away from states and borders. It is a subjective point of view and can be accepted or rejected based on relevant urbanization trends and every individual’s own ideologies.

Through this video Khanna talks about how expanding cities grow ever more connected through transportation, energy and communications networks as we evolve from geography to what he calls “connectography.” This emerging global network civilization holds the promise of reducing pollution and inequality — and even overcoming geopolitical rivalries. In this talk, Khanna asks us to embrace a new maxim for the future: “Connectivity is destiny.”

About Arunima Agarwal

Designer. Traveler. Dreamer. Storyteller.


One thought on “Weekly Roundup 086 – 15th to 21st October

  1. Reblogged this on Think Tank.

    Posted by thinktank21 | October 26, 2016, 11:50 pm

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