The Future of Cities

Cities and governments divided on migration; smart tech and surveillance in China; architects’ designs for rebuilding Syria; city mayors tackle global problems; how ‘left behind’ areas can catch up; designing for disabled people; treating knife crime as a disease; testing driverless cars in retirement towns; floating cities

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Urban demand for workers is coming into conflict with national politics and rural voters

Urban leaders are challenging populist positions on climate change and migration

The state spends more on monitoring its people than guarding against foreign threats

Cities are taking their lead from doctors to tackle epidemics of stabbing

As the fighting ebbs, some are thinking boldly about reconstructing a devastated nation

Investors want to play their part but government must lay the groundwork

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