Yunnan, China's Vanishing Paddy Fields

Photographer Samuel Peck recently visited Yunnan, China to capture images of its paddy fields. The region's vast swaths of flooded, arable land are among the largest and most scenic on Earth. When he arrived, however, Peck learned of their rapid disappearance – a vanishing act spurred by aggressive urbanization and a… » 1/07/15 5:00pm 1/07/15 5:00pm

A Portrait Of Hyper-Urbanization: Shanghai 1990 vs. Shanghai 2010

Compare these skyline views of Shanghai in 1990 vs. last year in 2010. It's amazing how quickly urban structures can evolve. (via Nils Gilman) » 1/20/11 3:30pm 1/20/11 3:30pm

Two-Thirds of the World Will Live in Cities by 2050

A group called 19.20.21 has just launched a five-year study of "supercities" with populations over 20 million. They'll look at how nineteen cities that have reached this "tipping point" population suddenly change: everything from waste management and water use, to art and crime patterns are affected. The group will… » 2/15/08 7:40am 2/15/08 7:40am