Tuesday, January 31, 2012
Programming note: A splendid new 3 part documentary, Andrew Marr's Metropolis, coming to BBC Knowledge from 23 February.
A truly-splendid 3 part documentary series, Andrew Marr's Metropolis will start on BBC Knowledge (DStv 251) on Thursday 23 February at 21:00, looking at the ''anatomy'' of some of the world's most incredible cities and overall asking the question: how will our cities cope in the future as they keep growing?
By 2050, two thirds of the Earth's inhabitants will live in cities. This seismic urban shift in the world's exploding population is one of the biggest challenges facing humanity and which is what Andrew Marr's Metropolis will eplore.
Megacities increasingly have more inhabitants than small countries, with far-reaching consequences: a growing wealth gap, widespread social unrest and increased mortality. The 3 three part documentary series looks at how these metropolises tick and the challenges they face.
Andrew Marr meets the engineers and technocrats who are in control, and the ordinary people who must live with their decisions. Meanwhile most megacities in the world currently lie at sea level, in seismic zones or in hurricane areas.