By the year 2030, 60 percent of the world's population will be urbanites. That's 4.9 billion people, 2 billion more than today. Here, five citie—from metropolis to megalopolis—that are shaping the 21st century
Anne Fougedoire Ferrez
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Santiago de Compostela, Spain By Leslie Camhi
A grassy knoll beside the sleepy city of Santiago de Compostela seems an unlikely site for one of Spain's foremost architectural innovations... [more]

Chongqing, China By Peter Hessler
From Liberation Road we went downhill. We were searching for old Chongqing. There were four of us: myself and three local architects... [more]

Phoenix, U.S.A By Raul Barreneche
Like so many other artists, Frank Lloyd Wright couldn't help but be seduced by blank space. In 1937 he opened an outpost of Taliesin—his busy studio and school in Wisconsin—in the middle of the Sonoran Desert, outside Phoenix... [more]

Maputo, Mozambique By Mort Rosenblum
Strolling back to the Polana Hotel, with a bellyful of fat Mozambican prawns and a buzz from the local beer, I walked into an all-too-familiar African nightmare... [more]

Benares, India By Pankaj Mishra
Asi Ghat in Benares is the last of the series of bathing steps that lead from the old city to the river Ganges. Eighty miles to the west lies the town of Allahabad... [more]