How big can cities get?
The world is in the midst of a global mass urbanization that will change everything from how we govern and eat to how we care for the environment. McKinsey What Matters has convened thinkers from around the world to look at the implications of Urban Man.
Highlights from this week:
The Debate Zone: As the world urbanizes, will the most successful cities result from top-down planning or bottom-up innovation?
China’s cities in the sky, by Jonathan Woetzel
China now has a historic chance to reinvent not only its cities but the very idea of a city. The choices that its city leaders make will shape not only its buildings but also its society, and indeed the world.
Urban squatters save the world, by Stewart Brand
Cities have always created wealth, and have always been a population sink. Still, a world now more than half urban and headed toward 80 percent urban by mid-century is something new in history.
When cities rule the world, by By Parag Khanna
The 21st century will not be dominated by America or China, Brazil or India, but by The City.
In the markets of the meta city, by Robert Neuwirth
Lagos is one of the fastest growing cities on the planet. Yet it is set on an infrastructure that was meant for a far, far smaller place.
Cities alive!, by Dickson Despommier
While the walls may have come down from today’s urban centers, encroachment is still their mantra.
Let’s build cities for people (not cars), by Richard Register
How big can cities get? Only if we start building them will we begin to learn the answer.