African urban areas have failed in this ‘Century of the City’ – DAILY NATION

THE 100 YEARS BETWEEN 1950 and 2050 have been dubbed as the “Century of the City”, and according to Mrs Anna Tibaijuka, executive director of UN-Habitat, “will be remembered for the greatest social, cultural, economic and environmental transformation in history – the urbanisation of humanity”.

Africa, the world’s most rapidly urbanising continent, will be half-urban by 2050, and its urban population of 1.2 billion will represent nearly a quarter of the world’s. But how will African cities be faring?

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China vows to strive for balanced rural and urban development -Xinhua

“China will take multiple measures to support rural economic and social development to realize a balanced growth between its rural and urban areas, according to a Communist Party of China (CPC) Central Committee decision here on Sunday……” read more @ the SOURCE: Xinhua – China vows to strive for balanced rural and urban development

New urban enclave to rise in Bajada – Sun.Star Davao

“TOP developer Ayala Land, Incorporated (ALI) and Davao City-based Antonio Floirendo Corporation (Anflocor) are agog over transforming a sprawling property on JP Laurel avenue in Bajada, Davao City into a new urban enclave………” read more @ the SOURCE: Sun.Star Davao – New urban enclave to rise in Bajada.

City Hall’s roof greenery flourishes five years later – ajc.com

“Atlanta City Hall’s large-scale “green roof,” installed on the patio outside the building’s cafeteria in 2003, is flourishing.

Bill Brigham, the city’s landscape architect who designed the project, said the planting has survived high winds, extended drought and the once-a-decade effort to pressure wash the building.”

read more @ the SOURCE: AJC.com (Atlanta Journal Constitution) – City Hall’s roof greenery flourishes five years later | ajc.com.

Lesson from China: Get agricultural land price right-India-The Times of India

“It is ironic that both India and China are having to grapple, at roughly the same time, with the knotty issue of putting agricultural land to industrial or urban use.

India has been beset by a series of protests against the transfer of cultivable land to factory and mining projects. In China, a high-level meeting of the ruling Communist Party discussed sweeping changes last week to allow agricultural land to be used for industrial or non-farming purposes.”

read more @ the SOURCE: The Times of IndiaLesson from China: Get agricultural land price right-India-

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