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Introduction: Innovative Cities- Part 2 (00:58)


Two-thirds of the world's population will be city dwellers by 2050. This program will explore recent developments in urban planning around the world.

Sydney (04:12)

Central Park boasts the world's largest vertical gardens. Mick Kaddy describes the reasons for the project's development; the heliostat tracks the sun through the retail center. The city is consistently ranked as one of the best places to live in the world.

London (03:08)

Vertical Gardens make cities more appealing and environmentally friendly. Developers use cross-laminated timber instead of concrete to construct buildings. Waugh Thistleton architects design high-density urban housing.

Accra (03:50)

The UN expects to add ten more mega-cities to the list by 2030. At Lavender Hill, raw sewage is dumped on the beach. Researchers in Ghana explore alternative methods of waste management; Sewerage captures biogas from fecal remains to power the treatment plant.

Netherlands (05:05)

Much of the country resides below sea-level. Innovations in water management from the Dutch include the Maeslantkering, floating gardens, submergible parking lots, rain tiles, and floating pavilions. The Delta flume generates the largest man-made waves to study the effects of climate change.

Ahmedabad (05:38)

India is coping with rising temperatures and scorching heat; thousands of the impoverished will die. The Heat Action Plan includes modifying the color and materials on a roof.

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Innovative Cities - Part 2

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By 2050, the world's major cities will be crowded by six and a half billion people. Pollution, inequality, and climate change threaten the living standards that cities can offer. Yet people designed these problems and people can design their solutions. CNN profiles the cutting-edge projects that combat the pressures modern cities face. Innovators in the UK and Ghana are turning to natural, yet surprising, resources to reduce their carbon footprint, while scientists in the Netherlands and India are finding ways to protect their citizens from the ravages of climate change, whether it is rising sea levels or extreme temperatures. And in Australia, a new approach to urban planning melds nature with modern cool in the world’s largest vertical garden

Length: 23 minutes

Item#: BVL183906

ISBN: 978-1-64623-574-2

Copyright date: ©2018

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