Why cities matter In the short time span of 25 years, cities have grown larger and more quickly than ever before. Fishing villages have been transformed into megacities and deserts have become urban playgrounds. The speed and scale of this transformation is unprecedented. One billion people will be added globally in the next 15 years; with more than 50 new residents each hour in developing world cities like Kinshasa, Delhi and Dhaka. At the same time, many cities of the developed world are adapting to economic restructuring, ageing populations and new dynamics of migration. Cities occupy less than 1% of global land, but they generate over two-thirds of the world’s economic output. They are the stagesets for social opportunity and social inequality. While some cities of the Global North and Global South are pioneering sustainable and imaginative solutions, many are not. The need for rigorous, interdisciplinary analysis of the impact of cities on people and their environments and the need to train the next generation of urban leaders has never been so urgent.
Source: LSE Cities
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