Challenges of an Urban World "You Should Know"

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Why are cities growing?
Opportunity, more to do, exiting, diverse
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Why are cities growing very fast?
More people attracted to cities for jobs especially in developing countries.
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How are megacities in the developed and developing world different?
Developing: CBD, inner City, Suburbs - Developing: CBD, Cheap/medium priced houses, Factories, Commercial spine, Expensive housing, Squatter settlements
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What challenges do developED world cities face?
Imported food, water consumption, energy sources and use, transport and exhausts, Waste disposal
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What challenges do developING world cities face?
Hyperurbanisation, slum housing, informal economy, water supply and contamination, people's quality of life
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What is an "Eco-Footprint"?
The space taken up to provide a place with all the energy, water, materials and other needs like waste disposal.
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Why do some cities have a large eco-footprint?
In developed world cities, people are wealthier so they consume more resources and buy bigger houses.
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Why do eco-footprints vary in size from place to place?
Cities where people have less money on average will have lower eco-footprints.
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How can places reduce their eco-footprint?
Building sustainable communities (BedZED), reducing energy use and waste production, transport strategies
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How can we make transport more sustainable?
Mass transport (Buses, trains, trams etc.), Cycle hire & highways, congestion charges & car hire, Eco-friendly transport (Hybrid buses)
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How can quality of life be improved in developing world cities?
3 examples: Self-help scheme in Rocinha, Rio, Brazil; Urban planning and transport in Curitiba, Brazil; Non-Governmental Organisation (NGOs) In Dhaka, Bangladesh
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What are the advantages of creating less polluting cities (Masdar, UAE)
Save money on non-renewable resources, less waste and pollution reduce need for electricity
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What are the DISadvantages of creating less polluting cities (Masdar, UAE)
Concern that only the wealthy will benefit, resources needed to build the city (including scarce water), we should make existing cities more sustainable rather than building new ones.
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What are the main causes of environmental pollution in cities?
Pollution, eco-footprint, consumption of resources.
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