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In the post-war years, the Metabolists made big plans for Tokyo Bay to relieve the pressure on the Japanese capital. Now there's another plan, called Next Tokyo 2045. Herbert Wright explains that these have not been the only visionary proposals. In reality, the city has been gradually encroaching on the Bay for centuries, and the big plans that materialise are mainly infrastructure.

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As Asian countries join together to build "smart" urban developments, Kris Hartley explains why planners should heed the lessons of colonial history when it comes to such projects.

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The Mongolian capital is learning how to reduce its air pollution levels, replacing tens of thousands of traditional heating stoves with cleaner alternatives.

The argument that China's urbanisation is destroying its traditional culture belies a misplaced nostalgia through which Westerners perceive non-Western cultures.


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