International analysis
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RUDI's international section focuses on urbanism and sustainability around the world.

All countries and regions face unique challenges. Demographics, economics and climactic/geographical variations call for specific placemaking approaches.

Our first major section of international content will focus on the Middlle East, notably the Arabian Gulf.

This will be followed by a focus on development in Delhi, Mumbai and other rapidly developing urban centres across India.

Our final focus for 2006 will be the urbanisation of several major Chinese cities.

We welcome suggestions as to our readers' areas of interest, please contact us with your comments.

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Sustainable cities: innovative urban planning in Singapore, and how cities must evolve

As competition for resources increases and urban populations expand, Singapore is embracing sustainable development. Other cities must follow suit, argues Flemmich Webb in The Guardian online

Weapons of mass urban destruction: cars and highways in China

By Peter Calthorpe

In the last five years, China has built 20,000 miles of expressways, finishing the construction of 12 national highways a whopping 13 years ahead of schedule. But China is in danger of making the same mistakes the United States made on its way to superpower status -- mistakes that have left Americans reliant on foreign oil from unstable parts of the world, staggering under the cost of unhealthy patterns of living, and struggling to overcome the urban legacy of decades of inner-city decay. From Foreign Policy, Cities Issue

A bright and colourful new style of urban design emerges in Albania

One legacy of its time behind the Iron Curtain is now changing, as the near-derelict old communist blocks and drab squares are being transformed, having been given a bright and colourful new facelift. A whole new Albanian style of urban design has begun to emerge in the 21st century   

Waterfront Dubai: the Middle East creates a model for the future

Waterfront Dubai: the Middle East creates a model for the future

Waterfront developments across the Middle East are creating large new urban communities. This Middle East-centered trend is particularly concerned with creating new waterfronts and reshaped urban coastlines involving substantial land reclamation, as well as 'canalling' water channels inland. By Rupak Chatterjee

Dubai, the UAE and the Gulf region: overviews of infrastructure, construction and Government

Dubai, the UAE and the Gulf region: overviews of infrastructure, construction and Government

Much research has already been done on the background and conditions supporting the incredible growth of the Gulf states. RUDI has put together an at-a-glance review of the most accurate and up-to-date data currently available from independent researchers in the region

Bigger, taller, better? Dubai's major projects

Bigger, taller, better? Dubai's major projects

The list of major urban developments underway in the emirate of Dubai has to be seen to be believed. The list is updated constantly, but here are most of the major projects, each with links to further sources of information

Sinister paradise: does the road to the future end at Dubai?

Sinister paradise: does the road to the future end at Dubai?

A new urban paradise or the latest twist on Bladerunner? Urbanist and author Mike Davies offers a unique take on why Dubai is the way it is, and what that may mean for the future of urbanism...

Visit RUDI's urban agenda to read interviews with urbanist and author Mike Davies as he speaks of dead cities and slum dwellings

Welcome to the Gulf's fantasy islands - and their reality

Welcome to the Gulf's fantasy islands - and their reality

Across the Gulf, massive artificial island developments that could house more than 500,000 people are being developed up to 20km offshore. But are such offshore develoments sustainable? By Juliana O'Rourke. Photos by Mohamed Panchbaya

Dubai, Dubai, quite contrary: how does the city grow?

Dubai, Dubai, quite contrary: how does the city grow?

Dubai’s unique combination of governmental structure, commercial policy and planning regime has created an incredible urban development movement that is being eagerly copied around the region and beyond.

By Juliana O'Rourke, photos by Mohamed Panchbaya

Sustainable urban development in Dubai (and beyond)

Sustainable urban development in Dubai (and beyond)

Buildings needn’t cost the earth – sustainable ‘green’ developments can be economically viable when whole life costs are taken into account. But do we need to regulate for sustainability? By Rupak ChatterjeeBased on a lecture by Professor Phillip Jones (Head of School, Welsh School of Architecture, Cardiff University) at the British University in Dubai (BUID)