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Designing the mega-city


Sam Roggeveen


27 January 2009 14:44

Urban planning is hardly core business for the Lowy Institute, but given the seemingly unstoppable global trend toward urbanisation, perhaps it should be. It is certainly on my mind lately: I work in the basement of the Lowy Institute's Bligh St office, and just an hour ago a chap came by to do a preliminary check of our foundations, with a view to designing Sydney's future metro.

The International Herald Tribune has just published a list of 25 good examples of urban design worldwide, but it feels terribly middle class — outdoor cinemas, bike lockers and wifi. There's nothing in there to address the huge health, sanitation and housing problems faced by modern megalopolises in the developing world.

Can anyone direct me and Interpreter readers to some good reading on infrastructure and planning in modern mega-cities?