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Great projects that will change the face of 10 cities

Last updated on: August 8, 2012 08:39 IST

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The revamp of cities to offset hectic pace of urban living is the idea behind these mega projects.

Take a look at the world's 10 most innovative urban regeneration projects selected by KPMG for creating tranquil living conditions amidst modern cities.

Oresund Regional Development

The Oresund Regional Development project creates a cross-border economic zone between Sweden and Denmark, focused on Malmo and Copenhagen.

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The aim is to continue to foster growth and connectivity via the proposed 18 kilometer Fehmarnbelt Tunnel, which will bring Germany and Scandinavia closer together.

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World Trade Center Redevelopment

The World Trade Center Redevelopment in the United States involves the regeneration of Ground Zero and reconstruction of the World Trade Center in the aftermath of the 9/11 attacks on New York City.

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The project aims to turn the 16-acre area into a vibrant commercial district and a memorial to those who lost their lives.

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Waterfront Toronto

The Waterfront Toronto project is an estimated $30 billion development that has been planned for 25 years and is perhaps the largest urban regeneration project in North America.

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Once it is completed, the waterfront will include a series of sustainable new communities featuring 40,000 new residences (20 percent of which will be affordable housing), 40,000 new jobs, new transit infrastructure and 300 hectares of parks and public spaces.

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Abu Dhabi 2030: Urban Structure Framework Plan

The Abu Dhabi 2030: Urban Structure Framework Plan is set to revitalize the city's Shahama and Bahia areas.

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Planning a liveable and modern Arab capital, the city will encourage citizens to use public transport or walk rather than drive cars.

Seven axis corridors, each representing one of the seven Emirates, will lead into the central business district.

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Bahrain Social Housing

The Bahrain Social Housing project is another pathfinder Public Private Partnership (PPP) for the country and the wider Middle East.

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The development spans three sites and will involve the procurement of 4,100 units over a period of three and a half years.

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Sabarmathi Riverfront Development Project

The Sabarmathi Riverfront Development Project is an urban regeneration and environmental improvement initiative currently under way in Ahmedabad, Gujarat.

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It involves the reclamation of a 10.5 kilometre stretch of the banks of the Sabarmathi River, creating a new public space for cultural and civic institutions.

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Gardens by the Bay

The inspirational Gardens by the Bay is major urban development which forms part of the wider Marina Bay project, aiming to improve the quality of life for residents by providing green space within the city.

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Spanning 101 hectares, the project is an integral part of a strategy by the government to transform Singapore from a 'Garden City' to a 'City in a Garden'.

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Rio Olympic Park

The futuristic Rio Olympic Park in Rio de Janeiro will be the focal point for the 2016 summer games and involves an area of 1.6 million square metres.

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From a waterside park to the athlete villages, regeneration includes permanent and temporary facilities to support the Games.

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Porto Maravilha

The Porto Maravilha project in Rio de Janeiro has been mooted for more than 30 years and will redevelop large areas of the port district in time for the 2016 Games.

Infrastructure improvements will include new sewage, water, electricity, telephone and piped gas networks.

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Development will focus on residential and commercial properties, with the landmark Pier Maua set to become the focal point of a major new leisure complex.

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Scotswood Urban Regeneration

The Scotswood Urban Regeneration project in the United Kingdom plans to regenerate a run-down urban area in the west end of Newcastle city center, creating a truly sustainable, new urban community.

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Once completed, it will offer 1,800 new homes, schools, retail properties, leisure centres and community buildings. Roads, drainage and other infrastructure will also be upgraded.


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