Overview: Urbanisation and Sustainable Development

Brian Roberts

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Urbanization·the spatial concentration of people and economic activity is arguably the most important social transformation in the history of civilization since man changed from being a nomadic hunter-gatherer and adopted a settled, subsistence agricultural way of life. While the timing and speed of urbanization have varied and are varying between countries, regions, and continents, the urbanization process has taken hold everywhere. It has proven to be an unstoppable and a mostly desirable phenomenon. Cities are the foundation of modern civilization; they are the engine room of economic growth and the centers of culture, entertainment, innovation, education, knowledge, and political power
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationUrbanisation and Sustainability in Asia: Good Practice Approaches in Urban Regional Development
EditorsBrian Roberts, TH Kanaley
Place of PublicationManila
PublisherAsian Development Bank and Cities Alliance
Number of pages8
ISBN (Print)9789715616072
Publication statusPublished - 2006


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