INTI and magazine My Liveable City (India) organize a knowledge tour to the Netherlands from April 11 to April 16, 2016. Currently, 31% of India’s population lives in cities and that number is supposed to rise to 50% by 2030. In order to steer the urbanization process, the national government unveiled a list in 2015 of 100 cities that are supposed to become smart and allocated money for an urban rejuvenation program for another 500 towns and cities in the next 5 years. Last but not least, many new towns are being planned and developed to shape new industrial corridors. The knowledge tour will therefore expose Indian participants to Dutch expertise and give a deeper insight into the physical planning structure of the Netherlands in areas like New Town development, Smart cities, Sustainability issues, Regeneration & Redevelopment and Social Housing.
- Kilamba, Angola (photo: Rachel Keeton)
With the announced plan to build a new capital city for 5-7 million inhabitants 45km east of Cairo, Egyptian New Towns have taken on renewed importance in the national discussion.
New Towns have been on the urban agenda of Egypt since 1976, when the first city, ‘Tenth of Ramadan’, was built under President Sadat. Since then, 22 New Towns have been constructed, and more appear on the drawing board every day. That makes Egypt’s New Towns program the most ambitious in the world, with the possible exception of China and India.