Urban population statistics

Demographia have an  interesting website.

  • which is an annual world-wide listing of urban areas by Largest Urban Areas in the World,
  • Urban Areas by Geography (Including Selected under 500,000 Population),
  • Urban Areas by Land Area (Urban Footprint) 84
  • Urban Areas by Urban Population Density

published by the US planner, Wendell Cox, based in St Louis. Cox to quote his profile on his website is ‘Demographia is “pro-choice” with respect to urban development. People should have the freedom to live and work where and how they like’. So this can be taken as arguing counter to planning controls and public mass transport and in favour of cheap land, no state control of development and private car use, typifying “The American Dream”. The Demographia website is http://www.demographia.com/

A more authoritative source of international urban area statistics is the United Nations World Urbanization Prospects database: http://esa.un.org/unpd/wup/ which is biennial,UN city size and growth 2014-2030

map source: http://esa.un.org/unpd/wup/Maps/CityGrowth/2014_2030GrowthRate.pdf

Robert Holden is a London-based landscape architect who read architecture & landscape architecture at the University of Newcastle-upon-Tyne. On graduating he worked for the Dutch Staatsbosbeheer (State Forestry Service) on a visual survey of Oostelijk Flevoland and for Allain Provost in Paris on recreation planning of the French coastline east of Dunkerque. In London he has worked for Derek Lovejoys (1971-75) and Clouston (1976-89) including extensive work in the Middle East. • In the 1980s he was particularly known for his work on business park masterplanning such as Aztec West near Bristol, Capability Green Luton and Colchester Business Park. He was a Clouston director responsible for bureau d’étude work at EuroDisneyland in 1988-9; • since the 1990s he has been involved in smaller practices (including Clifton Design 1990-91 and Holden Liversedge 1991-99), and Cracknell Ferns (1999-2009). • projects have included work in France, Germany, Kuwait, Libya, The Netherlands, Saudi Arabia, Spain, UAE, and Russia as well as the UK. • he was lecturer, latterly Head of Landscape & postgraduate landscape architecture programme leader at the University of Greenwich, 1992-2013. • Currently he serves on the Landscape Institute Council having previously served 1983-86; he was Education Vice President of the European Foundation for Landscape Architecture (2001-4) & from 2005-2008 was EFLA Secretary General. EFLA is now IFLA Europe. • From Feb.-June 2014 he undertook a Tübitak (Turkish Science Research Council) scholarship, at Istanbul Technical University, looking as sustainability & public domain in Istanbul. In 2015 he taught at Corvinus University on their MLA. Interests include sustainability & landscape architecture, post industrial landscapes, landscape construction, the European landscape profession, and aspects of C18th landscape gardening, especially the ferme ornée. HIs latest book (joint with Jamie Liversedge) is "Landscape Architecture as a Career": Laurence King (Feb. 2014) in English and Spanish.

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