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For the first time in the history of our planet, more people live in cities than in the countryside. The second and third decades of the 21st century will see an historically unprecedented phenomenon.

More than half of the world’s population currently lives in cities, and this will grow to 60% by 2030 and 70% until 2050. By 2050, three quarters of us are expected to be urbanites. The number of cities with more than 1 million inhabitants has swelled to over 450, more than 20 of which are ‘mega-cities,’ with a population of more than 10 million. Shanghai, Mumbai, Karachi, São Paulo: these are the fastest-growing cities in the world, most of them destined to have populations of more than 20 million by 2030. That's a lot of people heading for the cities - that's urban age!

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