Cities : Features

There are 41 documents in this section.

  • Singapore - the global city

    2 October 2002

    With four million people squeezed onto an island of just 647 square kilometres, developing a populist planning culture was the key to Singapore's success in building a modern city state unrivaled in Asia for its reputation as clean, green and safe. Don Hinrichsen reports.

  • Why the cities have grown

    18 September 2002

    The rapid growth of towns and cities, both in the North and the developing South, has been underpinned by large economic, social, political and demographic changes, says David Satterthwaite, in this specially commissioned article.

  • India's new waste warriors

    30 July 2002

    Poor people in many big cities of the developing world earn a living from scavenging on waste tips. But some are learning to work together to clean up the rubbish in a co-operative way - and help the environment. Here Geeta Seshu reports on one such project, in Mumbai (Bombay), India.

  • Building the future

    24 July 2002

    A pioneering housing development in southwest London could be the start of a worldwide housing revolution. Jean-Paul Jeanrenaud and Pooran Desai report.

  • Cape Flats are going green

    1 July 2002

    The South African Cape Flats are barren, dusty, and windswept. Home to over a million people, this string of black and coloured townships on the east side of Cape Town is a hard - and dangerous - place to live. But now, thanks to a local community organisation, the settlements are are going green, as Christine Riley reports.

  • Poverty and population in Lagos

    24 June 2002

    Earlier this year (2002) the Nigerian city of Lagos suffered the worst urban disaster in the nation's history when ammunition, stored in the city's largest army barracks, blew up killing around 1,000 people. Here, Nigerian journalist Paul Okunlola explores the background to this event, in an article specially commissioned by People & the Planet.

  • Making dreams come true in Bangkok

    12 June 2001

    Rampant development in the Thai capital of Bangkok has left 1,000 slum communities out of account. But now an imaginative government initiative, with enterprise leadership, has brought new hope to the city's poorest million. Peter Charlesworth sent these words and pictures.

  • Building green islands in Bombay

    12 June 2001

    Bombay is the fifth most polluted city in the world, with a minimum of green space. Yet it is the site of two of the most imaginative clean-up projects to be found in India, as Charlie Pye-Smith reports.

  • Brazil's urban laboratory takes the strain

    12 June 2001

    Curitiba, capital of grain-rich Parana state in southern Brazil, is famous for its environmentally-friendly urban planning. Here Christina Cavalcanti reports on the city's efforts to extend its success in the face of a growing population.

  • Ecological footprints of the future

    12 June 2001

    Teacher, researcher and founding member of Canada's foremost environmental NGO, Pollution Probe, Dr William Rees has pioneered the concept of 'ecological footprint' analysis. This provides a way to estimate the biophysical load of cities, regions and whole countries on the ecosphere. Here Dr Rees warns that a major shift in values and consumption habits is essential both for moral reasons and to prevent our heavy footprints from destroying the earth's carrying capacity.