Dar es Salaam Atlanta boundary overlay to depict urban area extend
Dar es Salaam Atlanta boundary overlay to depict urban area extend

Why the compact city might be an answer too short for urban development globally.

Preventing cities from sprawling and instead promoting medium to high densities has become a main feature of the urban policy debate, not only since it has been targeted on the highest level — with the United Nations making the prevention of sprawl a key goal for cities to follow in the New Urban Agenda in 2016. Commentators see fast-growing and, in their eyes, sprawling cities like Dar es Salaam and ask with doubt, “Are they ready to handle rapid urbanization with all this sprawl?”

And the suspicion towards sprawl comes for many good reasons. Sprawling cities are cities where more…

Tamilwai Kolowa

Urban Development Consultant @WorldBank, wondering how to be smart about urban growth and disaster risk so cities work better for people.

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