Supersized Cities

Oct 9 2012 @ 2:59pm

Street-Art-in-Poitiers-France

Tim De Chant calculates the ways in which our cities are expected to grow:

Urban populations are expected to swell to 5 billion in the next two decades, and according to a recent study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Science, cities are expected to gobble up another 460,000-plus square miles (1.2 million square kilometers). Put simply, it means that cities will occupy three times more land in 2030 than they did in 2000.

That’s a staggering amount. The results are equally astounding. The east coast of China is likely to merge into one massive city. Cities in the region spanning Lake Victoria’s north shore—an arc from Burundi to Kenya—will swell 1,900 percent in area. Urban areas along the coastal strip from Côte d’Ivoire to Nigeria will grow 920 percent.

(Street art in Poitiers, France, photographed by Valentin Robert, via Street Art Utopia)