Urbanization

As the world moves away from an agarian economy, industrialization and new technologies are increasingly drawing more citizens to urban centers. Now in the early 21st century, the mega-city is born. Urbanization, a trend which shows no signs of abating, will remarkably change the way we live, work, and interact in our communities. While we cannot reverse the trend of urbanization, we can shape the cities of the future. Well-planned urbanization combines green mobility solutions, with building innovations that reduce a city’s environmental impact and enable community-building. Urbanization doesn’t have just to be big – it can also be smart.

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Ben Hammersley: surviving megatrends

What challenges does the future hold for us, and how can we overcome them? In the second part of the URBAN HUB interview with noted futurist Ben Hammersley, he discusses the testing times awaiting us because of current megatrends, and some strategies for coping and thriving in the world of tomorrow.

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Urban planning from above

The point of urban planning depends on the era, the decision-makers, geography, technology and many other factors. Just as drawings and maps help us to navigate places or understand things, so too do photographs. Particularly aerial photos help us to see the bigger picture of city planning.

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Megatrends – with Ben Hammersley

Popular, personable and provocative, futurist Ben Hammersley is in high demand around the world, as businesses and government grapple with the uncertainties of the digital future. In an exclusive interview, URBAN HUB talks with Ben about the megatrends that are already propelling us into the future.

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The green belt debate

How much nature does a city need, and where? There are many options, ranging from rooftop gardens and wedge parks, to large city parks and ambitious urban growth boundaries (UGB). But it is urban green belts that are now at the heart of controversy in cities like London. Why? URBAN HUB investigates.

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Rising mega urban development

The urban development mega project takes many forms, but lately “the bigger the better” has become modus operandi. This third in a series of articles on mega projects takes a closer look at big-sized urban construction and the inspiring ideas and solutions that arise from them as well as one or two pitfalls.

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Introducing the mega project

Tackling the challenges of growing populations requires solutions of all shapes and sizes. Recently, record-breaking constructions of skyscrapers, tunnels, and even entire cities have captured our imagination. The mega project suggests bigger is better when it comes to initiating impactful change.

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Looking at urban tunnels

Subterranean tunnels are vital to the infrastructure and economy of many cities. They provide connections for freight and commuters, and link cities with the wider world. URBAN HUB considers the why and how of tunnels, and takes a look at some fascinating examples around the world.

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