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​Lagos: Africa's Fastest Growing Megacity. Kabul – the fifth fastest growing city in the world – is bursting at the seams. Seen from above, Kabul looks like a city bursting at the seams.

Kabul – the fifth fastest growing city in the world – is bursting at the seams

Cars clog the streets, negotiating for space with street vendors and donkey carts. 'Latino Urbanism' influences a Los Angeles in flux. Work crews in recent weeks have made major design changes to Broadway in downtown Los Angeles, widening the sidewalks and adding planters, chairs and round cafe tables with bright-red umbrellas where rows of parked cars used to be.

'Latino Urbanism' influences a Los Angeles in flux

The upgrades aim to make the street as welcoming to pedestrians as drivers. They're also superfluous: the urban-planning equivalent of carrying coals to Newcastle. Broadway has for several decades been among the most popular and vital walking streets in Southern California, one typically crowded with Latino shoppers, including many recent immigrants from Mexico. TECH COMPANIES DISCOVER RIO’S FAVELAS Technology... The 'Ruralization' of Urban Areas - Sarah Goodyear. The statistic gets trotted out at just about every urbanism conference: for the first time in history, the majority of the world’s people live in cities.

The 'Ruralization' of Urban Areas - Sarah Goodyear

By 2050, 70 percent of the population will live in urban areas. Those numbers have been repeated so often they've become cliché, a lazy way of saying that "cities" are "important. " But those statistics mask a deeper and more complicated reality, which is this: the distinction between urban and rural, between cities and suburbs and countryside, is disappearing as populations boom and traditional societal structures dissolve. The borders between different ways of living are blurring. And that means “urbanization” represents something different from what it has in the past. Radical Cities – Latin America's revolutionary housing solutions. The Venice Architecture Biennale is usually a grand gathering of the biggest names in architecture, where they can display their brilliance to their peers.

Radical Cities – Latin America's revolutionary housing solutions

In the 2012 edition, however, the Golden Lion awarded to the best exhibit went to something whose fascination was not primarily to do with the input of professional architects. This was the Torre David, in Caracas, a 1990s office tower left unfinished when funds ran out. What makes it remarkable is the fact that it has now been colonised by squatters, making it into a vertical barrio, a self-regulating community of the poor, within a frame designed for corporate profit. Learning from Lagos: Floating school, Makoko, Nigeria, Kunlé Adeyemi, NLÉ. Using local materials and skills, this school in a floating slum is a brave exemplar for a community in dire need, yet the Lagos state government is threatening to demolish it Makoko, a Nigerian shantytown on the marshy waterfront of Lagos, is not exactly Venice, but there are marked similarities between the two.

Learning from Lagos: Floating school, Makoko, Nigeria, Kunlé Adeyemi, NLÉ

Both are built on wooden piles driven into saline mud and tidal ooze. Refugee Camp for Syrians in Jordan Evolves as a Do-It-Yourself City. In June, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees reported that the number of refugees worldwide in 2013 topped 50 million, the most since World War II, a figure substantially increased by the Syrian conflict.

Refugee Camp for Syrians in Jordan Evolves as a Do-It-Yourself City

Add to that one million Iraqis displaced during the first months of this year. These vast forced migrations have accelerated discussions about the need to treat camps as more than transitional population centers, more than human holding pens with tents for transients. A number of forward-thinking aid workers and others are looking at refugee camps as potential urban incubators, places that can grow and develop and even benefit the host countries — places devised from the get-go to address those countries’ long-term needs — rather than become drags on those nations.

Photo “You can call a place like Zaatari impermanent and not build adequate infrastructure,” as Don Weinreich, a partner at Ennead Architects in New York, recently put it. Slide Show Mr. This is all black market. Lessons of DIY Urbanism in a Syrian Refugee Camp. Governments are so accustomed to dictating their will, through coercion if necessary, that they find it unimaginable that people might willingly – and with creativity and enthusiasm – self-organize themselves to take care of urgent needs.

Lessons of DIY Urbanism in a Syrian Refugee Camp

So pause a moment to behold the remarkable Zaatari Refugee camp in Jordan. This settlement of 85,000 displaced Syrians is showing how even desperate, resource-poor people can show enormous creativity and self-organization, and turn their “camp” into a “city.” In many respects, Zaatari bears an uncanny resemblance to the DIY dynamics of the Burning Man encampment in the Nevada desert – an annual gathering that attracts more than 65,000 people for a week. Both eschew “government” in favor of self-organized governance. Both confer opportunities and responsibilities and individuals, and facilitate bottom-up initiatives through lightweight infrastructures. WATCH: How African cities have grown over 200 years.

Medellin’s new, successful story. Reimagining Planning in the Urban Global South. I asked myself the question: so what struck me about the process of thinking across boundaries and reimagining planning in the issues that we have been discussing in our celebration of DPU’s 60th anniversary in this conference.

Reimagining Planning in the Urban Global South

At the risk of simplifying a complex and dynamic set of discussions, I want to make six points. 1.