Choking on their own growth(24 page pdf, Lars Martin Hjorthol, pages 17-20, Gemini, NTNU, spring 2013)
Today, we review an article in « Gemini », the magazine of NTNU, the technical university located in Trondheim, which has formed a multidisciplinary group of researchers looking at “urban ecology”. The article looks at the population growth of cities, especially in Africa and Asia, over the last 50 years, how urban development has proceeded and what needs to be done in the future. A major observation is that traditional Western development policy with its accent on sprawling suburbs, has unfortunately took hold in some cities. Urban development must be adapted bottom-up to the particular needs of the inhabitants who see secure property ownership as most important along with health safety and transportation.
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