Mass urbanisation, the increasing concentration of populations into towns and cities, is one of the defining characteristics of industrialised economies. By the middle of the 20th Century the two biggest economies, the USA and Japan, had created a new urban phenomenon: the megacity. By 2025, seven of the world's top ten megacities will be in Asia. Explore the growth of the megacity below.
In fact, Asia as a whole is embarked on the largest urban programme in the history of mankind - with high stakes for the whole world.
Cities cover 2% of the earth's crust but host more than 50% of the world's population, account for 75% of energy consumption and are responsible for up to 80% of carbon-dioxide emissions.
The way we run our cities today will determine how well - or how badly - our planet will do tomorrow.
In Asia, there are great differences between large, top-down planned developments, such as those in China, and cities growing in a more organic, bottom-up manner, such as Jakarta, Bangkok or Mumbai.
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