Living in the Endless City

Sunday 05 June 2011 00:00

Half the world's population currently lives in cities; by 2050, it's expected that 75 per cent will.

A third of those city dwellers currently live in slum conditions and by 2050, the proportion is likely to be 50 per cent. So there is urgent need for exactly the kind of discussion and research into 21st-century demographics and living conditions undertaken by the Urban Age Project, a series of conferences part-hosted by the London School of Economics.

Living in the Endless City, which details and analyses the conferences' findings, is also thoroughly illustrated with striking, evocative, sometimes shocking images of Mumbai, Istanbul and, shown above, São Paulo.

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