urban innovation for emerging cities
urban innovation for emerging cities


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Our Manifesto

Five things we know to be true


The urban center of the world is radically restructuring itself.

By the end of the century, the world’s megacities are no longer New York or Tokyo. They are Lagos (88m), Dhaka (76m), Dar es Salaam (74m), Mumbai (67m), Kinshasa (63m), Lilongwe (57m).

We need a more light touch, emergent model of urban development.

The West’s model of urban development has dominated. We need a fresh, more emergent blueprint that is a better fit for cities across Asia, Africa, and Latin America in this century.

Slums aren’t destroying our cities, they’re creating something new.

We’ve never seen anything like the rate of urbanization today. A new model of cities is trying to emerge. Rather than resisting, we should be paying attention to what is trying to emerge.

Slums are an asset, not a deficit.

The growth of slums tend to correspond with the growth of the economy of a city. Urban societies are healthier as they grow more diverse.

The rethinking of emerging cities and their slums could bring about a future of urban living that’s better for all of us.

Formal cities are already calcified and slow to change. Emerging cities and informal slums are often highly decentralized and adaptive, some of the very characteristics we’re looking for from our cities today.