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Measuring the Human Urban Footprint

Jepranshu Aganivanshi

Some of the densest metropolitan regions in the world are illustrated opposite, arranged in three rows in descending order of density. Lahore, Hong Kong and Kinshasha – where more than nine million people live in 368 square kilometres (228 square miles) of single storey housing – reveal very diverse spatial patterns of hyper-density. Cairo, Manila and Bogotá represent diverse African, Asian and South American typologies of average high density, while Lagos, Lima and Ho Chi Minh City accommodate

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