Urbanization News Roundup

Happy Weekend urbanists!  Welcome to our new feature Urbanization News Roundup, where we help you catch up on the exciting world of international urbanization news from the week.

For Egypt, a Fresh Start, With Cities “It is the only large country to have become less urban in the last 30 years, according to the World Bank. About 43 percent of Egyptians are city dwellers today.”

Car-Dependent Suburbs May Be Slums of The Future, Says Urban Planning Report Peter Newman of Curtin University says ”urban sprawl is finished. If we continue to roll out new land releases and suburbs that are car-dependent, they will become the slums of the future.”

India, Japan Join Forces to Build “Green Cities” “In November, 2010, India and Japan unveiled a plan to launch 24 green cities along the Delhi-Mumbai Industrial Corridor. These green cities will have optimized energy supplies, 24-hour potable water supply, bicycle and walking paths, and water and waste recycling systems.”

Rio de Janeio Prime Office Rents Overtake New York Rates for the First Time “The annual cost of renting a square foot of prime office space in the Brazilian city rose 47 percent last year to $120, or $5 more than in Midtown Manhattan, the broker said in a statement today. Rio de Janeiro advanced to fourth from 13th in a global ranking of prime office markets, coming after Hong Kong, London and Tokyo,” according to real estate adviser Cushman & Wakefield Inc.

Melissa

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