As of September 2009…

With urban population expanding rapidly over the last 50 years, many Asian cities face deteriorating urban infrastructure and services on water supply, sanitation, waste management, and transport; and worsening environmental conditions. ADB recognizes that urban issues require integrated approaches that specifically target the poor, promote economic development, treat cities as a living ecosystem, foster the involvement of private sector and civil society, and adopt measures to mitigate and adapt to climate change impacts of urbanization.

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Unlimited outward extension Low-density residential and commercial development Leapfrog development that consumes farmland and natural areas Fragmentation of power among many small units of government Dominance of freeways and private automobiles No centralized planning or control of land uses Widespread strip-malls and “big-box” shopping centers Great fiscal disparities among localities Reliance on deteriorating older neighborhoods for low-income housing Decaying city centers as new development occurs in previous rural areas

We can make our cities more livable.

SMART GROWTH- makes effective use of land resources and existing infrastructure by encouraging in-fill development that avoids costly duplication of services and inefficient land use.


means improving people’s lives


Means living on the earth’s renewable resources without damaging the ecological processes that support us all.



Sustainable development and sustainability have become important concepts in today's urban planning field, with the recognition that current consumption and living habits may be leading to problems such as the overuse of natural resources, ecosystem destruction, urban heat islands, pollution, growing social inequality and large-scale climate change.

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