The Largest City in the World: Assessing the Urbanization of the Pearl River Delta

Peter Kindel
Director
Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP, Hong Kong



With the world’s urban population expected to increase by roughly 2.5 billion people by 2050, developing an understanding of megalopolises is critical to understanding and shaping this trend. The Pearl River Delta, with over 55 million people, is one of the most populous urbanized areas in the world. This presentation explored its growth, the resulting social and environmental effects, as well as strategies for the region’s future. It presented historic and current urbanization facts of the Pearl River Delta, comparing it to other urbanized regions of the world. Questions of scale, growth, social and economic benefits and drawbacks, and the future viability of megalopolises have global applicability, and the presenter summarized key issues and future strategies for the Pearl River Delta.

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