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"What is a city but people?", Shakespeare asked in the 16th century, when barely two percent of the world's then 500 million people lived in cities.
But to ask that question in this, the first century in which the majority of the world's people will live in urban areas, is to do so with the under- standing that the city is now more than three billion people — an increase of over 30,000 percent in just four centuries — the net effect of which is natural and cultural transformation on a scale unprecedented in human history.
The mission of the Urban Century Institute is to develop, implement, and disseminate integrated solutions to the challenges associated with rapid urbanization.
We subscribe to the values of:
  • Individual Empowerment
  • Neighborhood Involvement
  • Local Goverance
  • Regional Identity
  • Global Interdependence