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The Cities of Tomorrow: Urban Areas without Character?

Many cities take great energy and pride in the factors that make them unique. However, in an era of rapid urbanization, it’s difficult to ignore the sense that new developments look increasingly similar. Is city-making losing touch with context? The Guardian Cities tackles this in an illuminating article on new cities and the challenges of accommodating population growth, focusing on┬ádeveloping regions like sub-Saharan Africa, India and China (though the sense of placelessness is no limited to these regions). With developers, architects and designers regularly jumping from projects on one continent to another, and with local decision-makers seeking to showcase smartness or modernity of their city, is this turn inevitable? Or is their a more suitable approach?

Mitchell Reardon

Mitchell Reardon is the TH!NK by IBI blog curator, a land use planner and urban experimenter. His interdisciplinary work centres on people and how they live, work and move through the city. Mitchell is enjoying life in Vancouver, after 6 years of living and working in Stockholm, Sweden. Catch up with him on Twitter: @MitchellReardon

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