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Posted on Wednesday, March 1, 2017 - 14:43
Abstract Henri Lefebvre talked of the “right to the city” alongside a right to information. As the urban environment becomes increasingly layered by abstract digital representation, Lefebvre's broader theory warrants application to the digital age. Through considering what is entailed by the urbanization of information, this paper examines the problems and implications of any “informational... Read more
Posted on Wednesday, March 1, 2017 - 10:30
Urbanisation and climate change will have large impact on cities The world is urbanising. In 2050 over six billion people will live in cities. Cities around the world are confronted with many challenges, such as traffic congestion, inadequate energy supply, lack of basic services, informal dwellings, poor management of natural hazards, crime, environmental degradation, climate change, poor... Read more
Posted on Tuesday, February 28, 2017 - 16:07
Rising house prices and incomes, an aging housing stock, and a pickup in household growth are all contributing to today’s strong home improvement market. Demand is robust in coastal metros with especially high house values and household incomes. Demographic trends should continue to buoy the market over the next decade, with the rising tide of older homeowners accounting for more than... Read more
Posted on Thursday, February 23, 2017 - 15:03
Cities around the world face the challenge of understanding why, how and where they are growing; an understanding that is crucial if they are to realise opportunities to steer this growth in ways that promote sustainable and equitable urban development. Being able to measure, visualise and analyse these often complex patterns of growth is essential to effective policy design and implementation.... Read more
Posted on Thursday, February 23, 2017 - 11:18
This paper attempts to understand the nature of the impact informality has on inclusive growth by comparing the cases of Colombia and South Africa: two upper-middle income countries with very different views and government approaches to the issue. Colombia and South Africa are both upper-middle income countries struggling to break out of the middle-income trap, yet current debates surrounding... Read more
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 Wednesday, February 15, 2017 - 09:22
The world is experiencing an unprecedented transition from predominantly rural to mainly urban living, with more than 55 percent of the world’s population already living in urban areas and this figure is set to rise to 70 percent by the middle of 21st century. While rapid and spontaneous urbanization has presented the world’s cities with major environmental, economic and social challenges,... Read more
Posted on Tuesday, February 14, 2017 - 11:47
By harnessing the ongoing expansion in wireless connectivity, the Internet of Things (IoT) is delivering affordable, scalable, secure and proven services and technologies that can address cities’ goals. With advances in utilities, fleet management, citizen engagement and other areas, cities are able to effectively minimise overcrowding, reduce pollution and tackle other issues for their citizens... Read more
Posted on Friday, February 10, 2017 - 11:25
Cities in Sub-Saharan Africa are experiencing rapid population growth. Yet their economic growth has not kept pace. Why? One factor might be low capital investment, due in part to Africa’s relative poverty: Other regions have reached similar stages of urbanization at higher per capita GDP. This study, however, identifies a deeper reason: African cities are closed to the world. Compared with... Read more
Posted on Wednesday, February 8, 2017 - 11:21
This paper investigates the urbanization of the Indian manufacturing sector by combining enterprise data from formal and informal sectors. We find that plants in the formal sector are moving away from urban and into rural locations, while the informal sector is moving from rural to urban locations. While the secular trend for India’s manufacturing urbanization has slowed down, the localized... Read more

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