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Smart Cities Can Become Ecological Cities Through Biomorphic Urbanism

When British explorer Henry Hudson first sailed up the Muhheakantuck River in 1609 he would have seen native Lenape settlements dotted across a vast natural island landscape that would later be known as Manhattan Island. Fast forward 400-years and that island has become one of the least natural places in the world. The dense grid of high rise concrete buildings that now covers the island, sits at the center of one of the world’s biggest cities that stretches as far as the eye can see from each bank of what is now called the Hudson River. The New York City metropolitan area is now home to over 18 million people, making it the 10th largest city in the world and one of a list of over 30 megacities with populations over 10 million inhabitants. According to a UN study, as much as 70% of the world’s growing population, projected to reach 9.8 billion people by […]

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