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How Asian cities can survive - and thrive

They have to become 'smarter', and such innovation offers opportunities to investors

Asia's economic boom has occurred alongside one of the greatest rural-to-urban migrations in human history.

The region is home to 16 of the world's 28 megacities, with populations in excess of 10 million. Their cumulative population will double by 2030, from their 2010 total, according to the United Nations. And as our cities grow, commute time lengthens and the impact on our environment worsens, leading to a degradation of the quality of city life which we dearly treasure.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on April 01, 2019, with the headline 'How Asian cities can survive - and thrive'. Print Edition | Subscribe