Research Team Global Urbanization
The research team “Global Urbanization” deals with the challenges and manifestations of worldwide urbanization.
More than half of the world’s population lives in cities today and this number is expected to increase up to 80 percent until the end of the century. At present, especially Asia and Africa are characterized by increasing urbanization rates, whereas Europe, North and Latin America have already been experiencing a disproportionate number of urban inhabitants for some time. Large areas of these cities and metropolitan regions are growing informally, which means without formal planning procedures, as the planning, the housing and the infrastructure cannot keep up with the speed of the urban growth.