Andrew Marr's Megacities (2011)
Wednesday 27th July 2011
Our planet currently sustains some 21 megacities, vast metropolises that are home to populations of at least ten million each. What draws people magnetically to the megacities? How much - or how little - planning, construction and care does it keep to sustain them; and are they, ultimately, sustainable? Find out when Andrew Marr's Megacities is released on DVD on 22nd August 2011 from Acorn Media.
Andrew Marr explores five of them: Dhaka, home to 13 million, built on a fertile flood plain, subject to flooding and disease; Tokyo, with a population of 33 million, built on three of the most unstable fault lines in the world; Mexico City, sustaining 20 million, built on a lake and drowning under a tidal wave of crime; London, home to 13 million, with a food footprint more than 125 x its size; and Shanghai, with its 23 million people - including 7,000 billionaires.
From staying in a corridor flat in Tokyo to sleeping in a slum shack in Dhaka; from the heights of a Shanghai penthouse to the depths of a London sewer, Andrew Marr explores the man made arteries and beating hearts of these - the megacities.
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