The world is rapidly urbanizing. The United Nations predicts that the number of people living in cities could double by 2050 — to 6.5 billion. To accommodate growing populations, cities like Paris, New York, and Tokyo are building more housing and public resources, including parks, schools, and subways, as part of large redevelopment plans. These cities will likely look very different (and in some neighborhoods, gentrified) in the coming decades. Take a look at some of the biggest urban projects under construction below. Shanghai, China — Todtown Image Source: Goettsch Partners Set to be complete by 2020, Todtown is a new mixed-use development in Shanghai’s Minhang District. The development will feature 1,000 apartment units, a 1.3 million-square-foot shopping mall, an additional 580,000 square feet of retail, 1.5 million square feet of office space, and a 53,000-square-foot cultural center, according to InHabitat. Todtown will also incorporate lots of greenery, from green roofs to mini parks scattered throughout. The master plan was created by Chicago-based architecture firm Goettsch Partners and Hong Kong-based studio Lead 8. Construction on the $1.5 billion project began in 2014. Cairo, Egypt — New Cairo Capital Image Source: New Cairo East of downtown Cairo, New Cairo Capital […]

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