By 2050, seven out of every 10 people living on Earth will call themselves an urbanite. So how will we navigate the throng?
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Precisely because of the magnitude of the problems they face, cities are increasingly emerging as the most fertile grounds for creating change. They are the laboratories in which many of the world's most intractable challenges will be solved.
Brazil was not the only developing country beset with exploding urban populations but the transition to democracy in Brazil allowed for a dramatic change in the goals and tools of urban planning.
As cities continue to grow to sizes unimaginable only a few years ago, slums within these cities grow at twice that pace. Why are we incapable of accommodating the essential need for shelter?
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