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Posted on Monday, December 4, 2017 - 15:49
This new volume of the Metropolis Issue Papers collection, analyses the challenges and opportunities of metropolitan-scale planning, and its role in catalyzing resilience objectives. Through "The Metropolitan Scale of Resilience", we describe some examples from majors cities around the world of how operating with metropolitan lenses can favor achieving resilience goals, while fostering... Read more
Posted on Friday, December 1, 2017 - 16:19
Earlier World Bank studies1 have found two contrasting urbanization patterns emerging in certain Eastern Europe and Central Asia (ECA) countries: a few cities are growing in population and are increasingly the hub of economic activity, while the large majority of cities are shrinking. These studies highlighted the need for further empirically-based studies to increase awareness of these trends as... Read more
Posted on Thursday, November 30, 2017 - 12:02
Innovative, technologically sophisticated operators of ride-hailing networks, car- and bicycle-sharing systems, mobile trip-planning and ticketing apps, and other new mobility services are winning users in cities around the world. Their reception suggests that city dwellers need transport options that are more convenient and flexible than those offered by traditional private transport companies... Read more
Posted on Monday, November 27, 2017 - 11:58
A distinctive feature of urbanization in the last 50 years is the expansion of urban populations and built development well beyond what was earlier conceived as the city limit, resulting in metropolitan areas. This is challenging the relevance of traditional municipal boundaries, and by extension, traditional governing structures and institutions. “Steering the Metropolis: Metropolitan Governance... Read more
Posted on Wednesday, November 22, 2017 - 16:25
This publication, produced as part of the Building Assets, Unlocking Access project implemented by Habitat’s Terwilliger Center for Innovation in Shelter in partnership with the Mastercard Foundation, offers a snapshot of housing microfinance clients’ demographics, income, current living conditions and typical home improvements done with housing microfinance loans in Kenya and Uganda. The project... Read more
Posted on Wednesday, November 15, 2017 - 12:31
The Housing Europe Observatory, the Research branch of Housing Europe, presents the 2017 edition of its flagship report ‘The State of Housing in the EU’, the biennial compass of Europe's housing sector. Although growth has returned to big parts of our continent, as President Juncker cheered on at his recent ‘State of the Union’ speech, this growth is leaving many behind and our societies are... Read more
Posted on Tuesday, November 14, 2017 - 16:08
The need for cities to fully harness the potential of data constantly flowing through them has never been more urgent. Data Driven Cities: 20 Stories of Innovation, highlights examples from around the world of how cities are doing exactly this: using new technology, data collection and analysis to improve services and liveability for their citizens. The report is part of a wider initiative by the... Read more
Posted on Tuesday, November 7, 2017 - 15:39
In this paper, we examine the ways that digital technology, mobile networks, and integrated solutions help officials in 17 cities manage public safety and law enforcement. The locales include New York City, United States; Washington, D.C., United States; Paris, France; London, United Kingdom; Amsterdam, Netherlands; Madrid, Spain; Copenhagen, Denmark; Bangkok, Thailand; Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia;... Read more
Posted on Monday, November 6, 2017 - 16:16
Cities and their policymakers face enormous pressures as they seek to meet today’s mobility challenges. As rapid urbanization, aging infrastructure, population growth and climate change continue to challenge our world’s cities, those that choose to make bold moves in advancing and diversifying their urban transport systems will gain a competitive advantage –- we see that investing in improved and... Read more
Posted on Thursday, November 2, 2017 - 14:14
When three decades of conflict ended in May 2009 in Sri Lanka, approximately 450,000 people had been displaced, with many having to rebuild their lives after having their houses destroyed, having lost family members and with no proper means of livelihood. The Post-Conflict Reconstruction Programme in Sri Lanka’s Northern and Eastern Provinces implemented by UN-Habitat, provided numerous... Read more