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Urban Planning Lessons from the World's Largest (Temporary) City

Urban Planning Lessons from the World's Largest (Temporary) City
Urban Planning Lessons from the World's Largest (Temporary) City, © la_eclectic
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For two months out of every twelve years, Allahabad in India becomes one of the most populous cities in the world - thanks to the Maha Kumbh Mela, a Hindu Festival that is the largest single-purpose gathering of people on the globe. In an article for Smithsonian Magazine, Tom Downey relates his experience of the Festival and sheds light on how a temporary city can swell to such astronomical sizes and still function as well as, if not better than, permanent cities. It is hoped that the research by Harvard Graduate School of Design at the Kumbh Mela can inform the construction of refugee camps, emergency cities and even permanent cities in the future. You can read the full article here.

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Cite: Rory Stott. "Urban Planning Lessons from the World's Largest (Temporary) City" 06 Sep 2013. ArchDaily. Accessed . <https://www.archdaily.com/424383/urban-planning-lessons-from-the-world-s-largest-temporary-city/> ISSN 0719-8884