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The State of the World's Cities 2008/2009: Harmonious Cities


224 pages, colour illustrations, photographs, maps, figures, tables, graphs


Paperback | Oct 2008 | #179320 | ISBN-13: 9781844076963
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The world's urban population now exceeds the world's rural population. But with the concomitant strain this will place upon current urban infrastructures, what does this mean for the state of our cities?This book adopts the concept of Harmonious Cities as a theoretical framework in order to understand today's urban world, and also as an operational tool to confront the most important challenges facing urbanization and development processes. For the first time, preliminary findings of a global analysis of spatial, socio-economic and environmental dimensions at the city level are presented in order to promote greater understanding of the dynamics and forces that promote harmony in cities.

The book also analyses the determinants of urban growth or decline, which can help guide planners in supporting processes that lead to harmonious urban development. The impact upon cities of critical emerging issues, such as climate change and rising sea levels, are also addressed.The book concludes with a description of new and innovative strategies employed by urban planners and policymakers to harmonise both the tangible and non-tangible assets of cities, and argues that the management and development of a city's human, social, environmental, cultural and intellectual assets is as important as the management and development of its physical infrastructure.

This is indispensable reading for all those involved in urban planning, local governance and poverty reduction. How can the huge challenges of rapid urbanization and climate change be overcome to create harmonious cities?This new volume from UN-HABITAT, the world's leading authority on urban development, unpicks the issues and proposes practical policy reforms. It presents a unique analysis of spatial, socio-economic and environmental data at the city level.


Part I: Urban Growth and Decline; Part II: Divided Cities; Part III: Reconciling the Built and Natural Environment; Part IV: Harnessing a City's Assets for Harmonious Urban Development; Statistical Appendix; Index.

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The United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-HABITAT) promotes socially and environmentally sustainable towns and cities with the goal of providing adequate shelter for all

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