Urban Expansion Essay

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The industrial age has change how the world is being structured. During the agricultural age, the land was mainly used to produce food for sustaining both human and animals. As we moved into the industrial, factories and city centers began being built. There arose a need for adequate living arrangements for the people that worked in the factories and city centers. Urban areas designed to accommodate large numbers of families began to spring up around these factories and city centers. Fast forward to today and we have 78% of the population in North America living in urban areas (Boston University College of Arts & Science, 2012). This figure represents a rapid urban expansion that does not seem to be slowing. Urban expansion isn’t the problem. …show more content…
There is a lot of time and money placed in the development of living structures. People invest millions of dollars in these structures and they are expecting a return over a long period of time. As the population continues to increase, urban area will continue to expand to accommodate the growing population. City planners and developers have the right idea to develop urban area that can house their growing population. What they fail to take into account is the effects that urban sprawling has on the environment. In the next 14 years we could see urban areas around the world expand by 463,000 square miles (Boston University College of Arts and Science, 2012). This is a huge figure considering that there is already a vast amount of land used as urban living areas. There are so many problems associated with the expansion …show more content…
Each country must evaluate how global expansion is affecting their country. Every country is unique and they will have to address the problem in different way. Some countries are further along in the development of large areas compared to other countries; however the solution that I have are universal to all countries. There are two ways you can approach this issue. One way is to address the issue of population growth. China did this by implementing a population planning policy that only allowed families to have one child with some exceptions. They are currently phasing this policy out which could be evident of the policy not working. The other way is to address the issue from the stand point of resources. This solution is the idea of a structural engineer by the name of Jacque Fresco. He envisions a world where cities are designed using a resource based economy. With any planning, you must first know where you are. After we know what we have available to us in the form of resources, we can begin to develop cities that are more sustainable. This will take a huge shift in our mentality and the way that we currently think. Science is the key to solving these problems. Science has not room for opinions and the results that are produced are proven. Computers will also play an important role into how these cities will be designed. I can remember taking an environmental science course

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