Shaping the World's Urban Future: Planning Megacities in the Global South




Join the Department of Social Sciences for this Great Problems, Great Minds seminar series event featuring guest speaker Deden Rukmana, professor and chair of the Department of Community and Regional Planning at Alabama A&M University.

The global population has experienced a process of rapid urbanization more than six decades ago. The world’s urban population is projected to rise to sixty percent of world’s population and 730 million people will live in megacities by 2030. Megacity is defined as a continuous urban area with a population in excess of 10 million people. According to the World Urbanization Prospects (UNDESA 2019), the Global South is projected to be home to 34 out of 41 megacities in 2030. The growth of megacities in the Global South is a major challenge of the world’s rapid urbanization. Planning megacities of the Global South becomes a central part of such a challenge. This lecture will discuss the challenges and presents innovative urban development and planning initiatives in megacities of the Global South. 

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