From Understanding to Action: Sustainable Urban Development in Medium-Sized Cities in Africa and Latin America

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Marco Keiner, Christopher Zegras, Willy A. Schmid
Springer Science & Business Media, Nov 1, 2004 - Architecture - 224 pages
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Hans van Ginkel Rector, United Nations University The challenges of the world's future are linked to the growing share of the global population that will reside in urban areas. UN projections indicate that by 2030 the world's urban population share will rise to 60 percent. Of the two billion added to the global population, 99 percent will be added to the urban areas of the world. Of this number, 95 percent will be in countries of the developing world. As most people will live in urban areas we had better work to build and organize them as both attractive and less resource consuming places. That is, to promote sustainable urban development is to promote the creation of dense human settlements that are livable and have reduced their impacts on larger scale ecosystems. While much attention has been focused on the "mega-cities," those with a population of over 10 million, the amount of people living in these places will remain almost constant while the smaller and medium size cities will be the great absorbers of the world's urban population. Indeed, it is predicted that while the absolute number of people that will live in urban centers of 10 million or more will increase from approximately 263 to 375 million between 2000 and 20 IS, their share of the total urban population will only increase from 9. 2 percent to 9. 8 percent, a 6. 34 percent increase.
  

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Contents

CHAPTER
1
CHALLENGES FROM URBANIZATION IN DEVELOPING
7
RAPIDLY GROWING MEDIUMSIZED CITIES
19
CHAPTER 2
25
CHAPTER 3
41
JOHANNESBURG A RAINBOW METROPOLIS
52
GABORONE AN EMERGING URBAN OASIS
61
CHAPTER 4
75
OPPORTUNITIES AND STRATEGIES
115
STRATEGIES FOR ENVIRONMENTAL AND RESOURCE
122
STRATEGIES FOR LAND USE AND CONSERVATION
128
ECONOMIC GROWTH AND REDISTRIBUTION
133
GOVERNANCE AND CITY MANAGEMENT
139
CONSOLIDATION AND CONCLUSIONS
153
INDICATORS AND THE INFORMATION PYRAMID
161
XII
163

ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT POVERTY AND INEQUALITY
83
THE SUCCESS AND FAILURE OF HOUSING POLICIES
90
ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACTS
96
GOVERNANCE
101
CONSOLIDATION AND CONCLUSIONS
107
CONCLUSIONS
185
CHAPTER 7
191
LESSONS LEARNED AND OUTLOOK
211
ABOUT THE AUTHORS
219
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Keiner (Eds), From Understanding to Action (Alliance f. Global Sustain.)