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The Chinese city of Chongqing experienced a population growth of 10 million people between 1985 and 2015 via: @wef. *****Urbanisation in India: Really useful graphic. Where is the world growing? New inhabitants PER HOUR: Berlin: 1 Hong Kong: 4 London: 9 N.Y.: 10 Delhi: 79 Lagos: 85. Animated #map show rapid growth of #megacities in #Asia #India and #Australia. Asian markets are urban markets. Animated #map show rapid growth of #megacities in #Asia #India and #Australia. Asian markets are urban markets. *****From Jericho to Tokyo: the world's largest cities through history – mapped. Today, Tokyo is the most populous city in the world; through most of the 20th century it was New York.

*****From Jericho to Tokyo: the world's largest cities through history – mapped

A century earlier London was the world’s population centre, and Baghdad a millennium before that. Over the course of human history, a great number of cities have held this title. From Jericho in 7000BC to Tokyo in AD2000, this map plots 48 cities from history, each estimated to have been, at one time, the largest in the world. It’s difficult enough to determining when a settlement becomes a city, where its true borders lie, and how to measure its population for modern cities, let alone for cities from thousands of years ago. This map is based on historical population estimates from four different researchers, and is not a definitive list. The world’s earliest population centres exhibit more geographic diversity than you might expect. The Chinese city of Chongqing experienced a population growth of 10 million people between 1985 and 2015 via: @wef.

#Map of pop change in #Australia & #USA 1992-2016: central areas bled out, cities boomed. #Urbanization in action. *****Urbanisation: Watch as the world's cities appear one-by-one over 6,000 years. *****Urbanisation: moving to and living in the city. *****City ranking: shows which city pulls talent and business. #TimBengel is the artist behind viral sand pictures. *****Urbanisation in Asia: City living: ASEAN is urbanizing rapidly, but is it sustainable? Currently, over half of the world's population lives in urban areas, and that number is expected to continue to grow.

*****Urbanisation in Asia: City living: ASEAN is urbanizing rapidly, but is it sustainable?

The United Nations predicts that by 2050 over two-thirds of people will live in cities. Urbanization has been a trend for a while in Europe and North America, but the shift is just beginning to take place in Asia and Africa. 90 percent of the increase in urban populations through 2050 is expected to come from those two continents. Such a major shift (almost 1.5 million people a week) is bound to have major consequences. Are we prepared for such a momentous change in the way the world's population lives, especially with climate changing already posing such pressing issues? Sustainable Urbanization Initiatives The Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) is attempting to figure that out. The United Nations (UN) is also endeavoring to do its part. Environment Effect. There are no cities safer than these. Read more.

*****Planning fiasco (top-down): 1 April 1976: BBC Nationwide investigated claims that Grimond's topsy-turvy new library was the result of an architectural blunder. The world's largest city over time @BernardSalt. More than 100 Chinese cities now above 1 million people. China now has more than 100 cities of over 1 million residents, a number that is likely to double in the next decade.

More than 100 Chinese cities now above 1 million people

According to the Demographia research group, the world’s most populous country boasts 102 cities bigger than 1 million people, many of which are little known outside the country – or even within its borders. Quanzhou, for example, on the south-east coast of China, was one of the most cosmopolitan cities in the world a millennium ago, when it served as a hub for traders from across Asia and the Middle East. It is now home to more than 7 million people, nearly 800,000 more than Madrid. But while Madrid is a cultural powerhouse and the centre of Spanish politics, Quanzhou, with its 1,000-year-old mosque and charming cafes, is rarely discussed even within Chinese media, whereas Beijing, Shanghai and Hong Kong continue to get most of the headlines. Comparison maps in @ArcGISOnline looking at urbanisation trends. @GISEd @esriuk #geographyteacher.

*****Shrinking cities: the rise and fall of global urban populations – mapped. Rural populations will have reached their absolute high in 2022 with approximately 3.38 billion people. *****Think you know what a global city is? This study might prove you wrong. If you were asked to name a few global cities which ones would spring to mind?

*****Think you know what a global city is? This study might prove you wrong

New York, perhaps? Within the next five years rural living will have reached its climax. GLOBE. What's the biggest #megacity? Where are the #megacities? What's the #population of these cities? #geographyteacher #CUE #urbanisation. Cities with over one million residents. All things considered, London's a bit tiny... Living Geography: Vertical. Having set myself a challenge of not buying many more books ahead of Christmas, I succumbed today to a new book, which was given an excellent review in today's 'Guardian'.

Living Geography: Vertical

It's a book called 'Vertical', and is about the changing nature of our cities, and how their 'verticality' (if there is such a word) reinforces some of the aspects of inequality which we are familiar with. It's been written by Professor Stephen Graham from Newcastle University, who describes himself as a 'geography geek'. He describes the impact of seeing the first satellite images from Landsat.

“They were amazing for a teenage geography geek like me,” he says. “I would get the images and overlay them onto local maps to work out where places were. It can currently be obtained at half price direct from Verso Books, complete with a free eBook for your Kindle. Check out the work of the Global Urban Research Unit. Shrinking cities: the rise and fall of global urban populations – mapped. *Animated map of global megacities (>1M) 1950 to 2030. Zipf rule: Only one European country would be better off without its capital city. Hourly growth of cities worldwide. World's largest city over time. The crime rate trend in America's 6 largest cities. *****Comparing Urban Footprints – GEOGRAPHY EDUCATION.

This is a series of infographics (or geo-infographics) created by Matthew Hartzell, a friend of mine that I met when we were both geography graduate students at Penn State in few years back.

*****Comparing Urban Footprints – GEOGRAPHY EDUCATION

I will allow him to explain the rest. “I created comparing the physical footprints of 54 cities around the world. They are presented side-by-side at the same scale, allowing the viewer to compare these cities in a new light. *****Metropolis: Cityscape Timelapse 4K. Subnational gov + paradiplomacy - Forget the nation-state: cities will transform the way we conduct foreign affairs. In 1814, Ivan Krylov, one of Russia’s best known authors, wrote a fable describing a man who goes to a museum and scrutinizes all sorts of tiny things, but fails to notice a bulky elephant.

Subnational gov + paradiplomacy - Forget the nation-state: cities will transform the way we conduct foreign affairs

The new elephant in international relations is called “paradiplomacy”, the external relations of subnational governments. If the overwhelming majority of cities and states are conducting foreign affairs, and therefore thousands of brand-new actors are rising and adding their voices to global governance, how is it possible that we are not paying full attention? Aware of their economic potential and faced with gridlock in national capitals, mayors and governors have gone a long way towards exercising political and economic power globally.

The international activism of cities and states is rapidly growing across the world, discreetly transforming diplomatic practices and the delivery of public services. Cities are economic and political powerhouses. Twitter. York 1976 - young reporter (Why Don't You) Chicago from Michigan City, Indiana. The fraction of the skyline shows us the curve of the Earth! #MathInNature. List of largest cities throughout history. The following is a table of the largest cities or urban areas by estimated population in history.

List of largest cities throughout history

Many of the figures are uncertain, especially in ancient times. City names are in bold where all four sources agree. See also[edit] References[edit] External links[edit] A Station-By-Station Subway Map of Berlin Rents. The transit guide helps tenants work out if their landlords are charging them too much.

A Station-By-Station Subway Map of Berlin Rents

Thanks to a new map, you can now work out exactly how much it costs to rent a Berlin apartment, subway station by subway station. Put together by property portal, the map details the monthly rent for an average one-bedroom apartment for each U-Bahn and S-Bahn stop in the German capital. The map, available in a zoom-friendly version here, is an interesting portal into just how much the city’s wealth map has shifted in recent decades. But this being Berlin, the property tool is combined with something that does a whole lot more than that. Geodemographics of Housing in Great Britain. The Medieval town of Najac, Southern France. When Europe built most of its houses. Are skyscrapers an indicator of development? Location of all +250m Skyscrapers Worldwide. Americans are paying more to live in the very places they once abandoned. Glasgow Cross Station. (July 1976) Photograph: Glasgow Railway Scenes.

Rejected designs for the Eiffel Tower. Urban population (% of total) Ward Profiles. Study: Air Pollution Implicated In 1.6 Million Deaths A Year In China. Air Quality Published on August 24th, 2015 | by James Ayre August 24th, 2015 by James Ayre New research from Berkeley Earth has found that air pollution in China is directly implicated in the deaths of roughly 1.6 million people a year.

Study: Air Pollution Implicated In 1.6 Million Deaths A Year In China

In other words, roughly 17% of annual deaths in China are related to the country’s air pollution problems. To be more exact here, the findings are the result of an analysis of hourly air pollution data (PM2.5, PM10, SO2, NO2, O3, & CO) gathered at over 1,500 different locations in the country; and the actual results are for 0.7 to 2.2 million annual deaths at a 95% confidence rate. Interestingly, this work shows that deaths caused by air pollution are a fair bit higher than previously estimated — a prominent earlier study had estimated 1.2 million annual deaths related to the issue. The Fading Distinction Between City and Suburb. As high-income people return to cities and urban neighborhoods, they bring much of their suburban lifestyle with them. Building Heights in England from Emu Analytics. The Evolution of Urban Planning. Over the last few centuries urban planning has evolved radically.

The building of cities and towns has a complex and multifaceted history. Although urban planning has only been recognized as a distinct profession for less than a century, cities worldwide reflect the different elements of conscious design in everything from their layout to their functionality. In early times, cities provided a safe haven from outside forces and have been always been the center of government. With the introduction of modern aerial warfare, cities have become key targets for destruction rather than safe zones. Fighting the clones: Bristol developer calls time on chain cafes. Why do new shopping centres and waterfront developments always feature the same national chains of cafes and shops? A new development in Bristol has bucked the trend, favouring local shops and cafes instead. And if you take a close look at it, you soon find out why the UK's property market keeps producing what some call "cloned High Streets". The curse of urban sprawl: how cities grow, and why this has to change.

I have just spent two days in Barcelona, one of the most densely populated urban settlements in the world. There are 103 road intersections per sq km – high compared to Brasilia’s 41 or Shanghai’s Pudong area, which has only 17. Yet despite these high densities, residents of Barcelona will tell you how profoundly liveable their city is. Visitors are charmed by the pedestrianised streets that thread their way through a maze of buildings constructed over the centuries – between four and seven storeys high, on narrow streets leading to piazzas where people sit at cafe tables or under shady trees.

Many residents walk or cycle to work, and public transport functions very well. Patterns of deprivation in 13 UK cities + notes on methods used in recent report for @jrf_uk. The rise and fall of the world’s cities, mapped. Ever wondered where the world's first cities were? This animated map shows how urban civilizations developed over a time span of nearly 6,000 years. Blogger Max Galka created the visualization for his Metrocosm site using data from a new study published in the journal Scientific Nature Data. It charts how cities popped up, one by one, from as far back as 3700 BC to the year AD 2000.

The study, led by a Yale-based team, collates data from previous research on city locations and populations dating back almost 6,000 years. According to the researchers, until now there had be no comprehensive digitized record of historic city populations at a global scale. The study allows us to view our urban history over a much longer time frame than ever before, beginning with the first urban civilization (the Sumer, who lived in the southern-most part of ancient Mesopotamia; now Iraq) through to modern-day megacities. Image: Scientific Data Share. Unfinished London - Episode 2. Most common letters which start placenames in the UK. 9 stories that tell you everything you need to know about cities. There maybe a little less buzz around it, but as well as marking Halloween, 31st October has also been designated World Cities Day by the United Nations.

There are no costumes needed and pumpkins do not feature. Why European & American cities are dramatically different from one another - Ecoclimax. 8 Cities That Show You What the Future Will Look Like. Urban issues and challenges. This map shows the incredible growth of megacities. The world’s cities are booming and their growth is changing the face of the planet. Around 77 million people are moving from rural to urban areas each year.