There is an urban building boom going on in the emerging world as the populations of these countries modernise and improve their standards. However, in the rush to develop, are they building on solid foundations or are they going to repeat the mistakes of the past (and make new ones)?
The challenge is that many of the emerging economies are copying the building techniques and designs of the developed world, constructing structures and infrastructure that are highly advanced and complex. This creates a challenge when the regulatory, building code, workforce and quality control are not in place to support such massive development. We have seen numerous examples of how this leads to disaster.