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Is It Time to Move Past Urban Studies and Toward Urbanization Science?

Some scholars are calling for a stronger understanding of the "DNA" of cities — and, by extension, an improved ability to address urban problems in a systemic manner.

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What If the Entire World Lived in 1 City?

Two Yale architects pose the question in an ambitious research project.

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Brooklyn's Affordability Crisis Is No Accident

Rents are skyrocketing in the borough thanks to inflexible zoning rules.

The NHL May Have Been Quiet, But Teams' Real Estate Guys Sure Were Busy

During the lockout, some teams changed arenas, others asked for new ones, and some even pushed forward with condo towers and complexes.

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What Buenos Aires Can Teach Us About Walkability

And other lessons in urbanism from the South American capital.

San Francisco: 'Brooklyn to an As-Yet-Unbuilt Manhattan?'

If Silicon Valley wants to remain the world's high-tech capital, it may need to reform itself into an urban wonderland.

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The BRICS Cities Sprouting Multimillionaires the Fastest

Some of the world’s fastest-growing pockets of wealth are in five cities you may never have heard of.

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India's Optimist

Urban India is not known for its orderliness. But Bish Sanyal says there's reason to be hopeful.

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How Climate Change Is Creating New Exurbs in the Middle East

Hot temperatures and droughts are pushing people into cities, often with disastrous consequences.

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Why India's Big City Shopping Malls Are Dying Out

The recession, coupled with obscenely high rents, are forcing superstores out of business.

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No, Urbanization Does Not Inevitably Improve a Country's Economy

This new chart from the World Bank charts the uneven relationship between urbanization and GDP in Africa.

Tips for Selling the 'Urban' Experience to Suburbanites

Often, bringing sustainable development to the suburbs is all about helping communities get over their fear.

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Africa's Urbanizing, But Not How You Think

Urban growth isn't necessarily streaming in from the countryside.

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In Aiding Struggling Megacities, Can Any Conference Solve These Problems?

Thousands gathered in Venice last week to discuss the future of cities. But urbanization seems almost impossible to coordinate on a global basis.

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The Case for City-Based Visas

Scholars are floating a new method of immigration sponsorship.

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These May Be The Least 'Livable' Cities, But They're the Future

Top-ranking cities have little relevance to emerging world cities.

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The Surprising Spending Habits of India's Rural Population

For the first time in two decades, rural spending is growing faster than urban spending. How can this be?

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A Chart That Explains the Path to a Global Urban Majority

Which countries became at least half urban the fastest?

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Chinese Urbanization, By the Numbers

Figures from a new report on China's cities show a rapid transformation.