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Posted on Tuesday, February 21, 2017 - 12:21
We argue that urbanization has accelerated in the last few decades, and that this largely overlooked phenomenon cannot be explained by existing empirical models of urbanization. Consequently, we explicitly bring forward the role of information in driving urbanization, focusing on information and communication technology (ICT), especially the Internet. For this purpose, we develop a simple two-... Read more
Posted on Tuesday, January 17, 2017 - 16:24
Small towns are an essential but often-neglected element of rural landscapes and food systems. They perform a number of essential functions, from market nodes to providers of services and goods and non-farm employment to their own population as well as that of the wider surrounding region. In demographic terms, they represent about half of the world’s urban population, and are projected to... Read more
Posted on Tuesday, January 17, 2017 - 15:14
2017 holds promise for Africa. Despite the troubles of 2016—political turmoil in the Gambia and the Democratic Republic of the Congo, continuing violence in South Sudan and Nigeria, drought in southern Africa, low commodity prices, and lowered growth outlooks—I enter 2017 with a positive attitude. So many of these serious challenges are those which Africa has weathered before and come out... Read more
Posted on Tuesday, December 20, 2016 - 10:56
The urbanization process in Europe took place rapidly since 1950, but in the 90s it moderated its pace and it will likely be slower during the next ten years. European cities have become in important hubs for education, innovation and knowledge-based economies. Digitalization has been fundamental to increase competitiveness. Source: bbvaresearch.com This article is culled from daily press... Read more
Posted on Friday, November 4, 2016 - 09:52
PwC is heavily involved in helping governments to build future-ready, urbanised economies that are sustainable and resilient for the long term. Through our Building Better Cities report, we’re mapping out the current and future role of 28 cities in all 21 members of APEC (Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation). In this study, which focuses on the role urban centres play in the context of APEC’s... Read more
Posted on Friday, November 4, 2016 - 08:19
Cities are a driving force of the 21st century, through bringing large numbers of people into close proximity, they spark economic growth, foster innovation, and generate prosperity. But they face the pressing challenges of creating a livable environment for their residents, enabling economic activity that benefits all citizens, and fostering urban development that is environmentally... Read more
Posted on Monday, October 17, 2016 - 10:53
WASHINGTON, October 12, 2016 – Natural disasters – such as Hurricane Matthew – and climate change are having devastating effects on cities and the 4 billion people who live in them today.  By 2030, without significant investment into making cities more resilient, natural disasters may cost cities worldwide $314 billion each year, up from around $250 billion today, and climate change may push up... Read more
Posted on Monday, October 17, 2016 - 10:30
Arup analyses the impact of key urban drivers on different energy scenarios and recommends key innovations. Our paper for the World Energy council assess the concept of urban energy and how innovation paired with smart technology can be one factor of many to improve the energy in cities. More than half of the global population now lives in a city - cities account to over half of global energy... Read more
Posted on Wednesday, October 5, 2016 - 14:44
In a world struggling with low growth, the ten member states of the Association of South-East Asian Nations (ASEAN) represent a genuinely exciting prospect among emerging markets. The Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU) expects growth in the region, already the world’s sixth largest economic bloc, to average 4.6% annually in the next five years. Much of this growth will come from ASEAN’s urban... Read more
Posted on Wednesday, October 5, 2016 - 10:08
Focus: Urbanisation “Improve people’s lives” Experts at the Asian Development Bank (ADB) want special economic zones (SEZs) to serve the purpose of smart urbanisation. ADB economist Jong Woo Kang explained matters an interview. Page 12 Special opportunities The current rate of urbanisation is unprecedented in human history and presents major challenges. However, there also are unprecedented... Read more

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