- Urban Planet: Designing critical urbanisation processes to heal the world    click here to open paper content131 kb
by    Dawkins, Jeremy | jeremydawkinsmail@gmail.com   click here to send an email to the auther(s) of this paper
Short Outline
Can the world survive a doubling of the urban population in the next
half century? The 2010 Livable Cities UPAT produced surprising
answers to this question, predicted future patterns of land use in
sustainable urban regions, and proposed realistic but meaningful
‘first steps’ to be implemented now, everywhere.
If projections are roughly right, at least two billion additional people will be living in ‘cities’ by mid century. Therefore, If urbanisation continues in its present form, the earth will confront resource depletion and climate change in just the next few decades. Yet the aspirations for a good urban life are real and legitimate, and may be achievable if the fundamental rules about valuing the environment change radically. What would huge urban regions be like if they could be built sustainably? Few, if any, will resemble traditionally planned ‘cities’. They will be vast, rapidly-urbanising regions with many nodes and corridors, characterised by complexity, spontaneity and innovation. The paper presents the work of the ISOCARP urban planning advisory team which partnered with the Philips Center for Health and Well-being at a workshop in Singapore in July 2010. The paper analyses the trends to rapid urbanisation, suggests fundamental principles for designing and governing rapid urbanisation, estimates how land might be allocated, and proposes imaginative first steps towards more liveable and sustainable cities and rapidly urbanising regions.
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