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Posted on Friday, August 10, 2018 - 11:24
Background of CO2 emissions data from Chinese cities The urbanization process in China and technology developments in the United States are considered to be the main forces shaping the world in the 21st century. City development is the major driver of China’s economy, with 50% of China’s GDP growth in the past 10 years contributed by infrastructure investments associated with the urbanization... Read more
Posted on Friday, August 10, 2018 - 11:21
A recent article titled “Everything we’ve heard about global urbanization turns out to be wrong” (Reuters, 12 July 2018), citing new figures released by the European Commission, informed readers that 84% of the world’s population now lives in urban areas, not 55% as reported by the United Nations Population Division. In this working paper we present four arguments, backed by ample evidence,... Read more
Posted on Wednesday, August 8, 2018 - 17:04
Cities all over the world are growing and transforming through processes of densification and sprawl. Open spaces, private and public, are being turned into buildings, infrastructure and new landscapes of public spaces, parks, plazas, playgrounds and natural areas are emerging. These spatial structures define the cultural, social, economic and political functions of cities. In the processes of... Read more
Posted on Thursday, August 2, 2018 - 09:48
Since the launch of our China Cities series in 2007, JLL has charted a remarkable journey of unprecedented city-building and infrastructure development. China is now entering a ‘new era’ of innovation, internationalisation and global influence, which will further reshape the urban landscape both at home and abroad. This latest research focuses on China’s leading cities – the China12 – which are... Read more
Posted on Tuesday, July 31, 2018 - 11:21
More than half the world’s population now lives in urban areas and the 300 largest metropolitan economies in the world account for nearly half of all global output. The concentration of economic growth and prosperity in large metro areas defines the modern global economy, creating both opportunities and challenges in an era in which national political, economic, and societal trends are... Read more
Posted on Wednesday, July 25, 2018 - 18:16
The Center for Active Design is thrilled to announce the release of the Assembly: Civic Design Guidelines, a groundbreaking playbook for creating well-designed and well-maintained public spaces as a force for building trust and healing divisions in local communities. The Assembly Guidelines capture the culmination of four years of research and collaboration—with input from 200+ studies, 50+... Read more
Posted on Wednesday, July 25, 2018 - 16:25
The SDSN has prepared this 2018 U.S. Cities SDG Index to inform on the state of sustainable development in U.S. cities and to spur on local level action. The Index covers the 100 most populous city regions (Metropolitan Statistical Areas or MSA) within the U.S., which are home to 66% of the domestic population. It is a composite index comprised of 44 indicators, which cover the broad range of... Read more
Posted on Tuesday, July 24, 2018 - 10:34
Globally, poverty in urban areas is evident in the proliferation of slums and informal settlements. In 2001, 47% of the world’s population lived in urban areas, and it was expected that the number would reach over 56% within the next two decades,1 with a billion-people living in a slum.2 Moreover, at least 2 million people in the world are forcibly evicted every year, while millions are... Read more
Posted on Thursday, July 19, 2018 - 12:29
A unique strategic opportunity beckons Bangladesh. Dhaka, the economic powerhouse of the country, stands on the cusp of a dramatic transformation that could make it much more prosperous and livable. Today, Dhaka is prone to flooding, congestion, and messiness, to a point that is clogging its growth. But toward its east, where two major highway corridors will one day intersect, is a vast expanse... Read more
Posted on Tuesday, July 3, 2018 - 16:55
Metropolis launches the fourth edition of the Metropolis Observatory's collection of publications. This issue paper entitled "Egalitarian metropolitan spaces" has been written in collaboration with Ms. Ana Falú, feminist architect and coordinator of the UN-Habitat Gender Hub. Although significant advances towards acknowledging women’s rights have been made, there is still much to be done to... Read more

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