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[ News ] Posted on Monday, January 21, 2019 - 11:55
The Arab Spring protests in 2011 marked the moment when contemporary urbanism became a field of intense interest in the Middle East. The region is home to some of the world’s greatest and oldest cities, but drawing a connection between urbanism and society has long been relegated to the domain of academics. Then the Arab Spring broke out on the streets of the region’s great cities, and the world... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Thursday, January 17, 2019 - 10:35
Improving the lives of women is woven into each of the United Nations’ 17 Sustainable Development Goals, markers that all 193 member states aim to reach by 2030. Goal 5 is quite specific: nothing short of gender equality. Attaining this lofty goal means being able to put one’s hands on data that have been broken down, or disaggregated, to create a clear picture of how much progress has been made... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Thursday, January 17, 2019 - 10:33
What keeps you up at night? For leaders surveyed for the latest edition of the World Economic Forum's Global Risks Report, environmental threats dominate the list for the third year in row - both in terms of impact and likelihood. “Of all risks, it is in relation to the environment that the world is most clearly sleepwalking into catastrophe,” the report warns. What are the biggest risks... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Thursday, January 17, 2019 - 10:29
When it comes to advancing public infrastructure and pursuing efforts to make our urban environments fit for the future, planners, government officials and providers worldwide are increasingly turning to big data to help lead the way. Connected, real-time information sources heighten understanding of public behavior and can inform decision-making on future needs. At the same time, digital... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Thursday, January 17, 2019 - 10:23
When ecology graduate student Lindsay Miles visited Las Vegas a few years ago, she had a clear objective in mind. “I’m looking for the really gross, dirty alleyways,” she tells The Scientist. Scouring these alleys after dark, Miles—with a colleague accompanying her for safety—located thin, wispy webs tucked away in concrete nooks and crannies. With great care and a bowl-like scoop, she trapped... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Wednesday, January 16, 2019 - 16:05
The World Bank Group today launched its Action Plan on Climate Change Adaptation and Resilience. Under the plan, the World Bank Group will ramp up direct adaptation climate finance to reach $50 billion over FY21–25. This financing level—an average of $10 billion a year—is more than double what was achieved during FY15-18. The World Bank Group will also pilot new approaches to increasing private... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Wednesday, January 16, 2019 - 16:02
Human-centred impact innovation can be an extraordinary source of social and economic growth for cities and metropolitan areas in developing regions that drives growth of urban communities, supporting equitable and sustainable development and inclusive prosperity. It takes more than ideas and capital to transform innovation into tangible socio-economic output “Impact Innovation” refers to... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Wednesday, January 16, 2019 - 15:58
In Kampala, Uganda, the immensely fast rate of urbanisation makes it hard for urban planners to keep up with developments. Madina Guloba argues that this makes it more important than ever for sustainable urban planning to keep local economic development (LED) approaches in mind. Over the past decades, Uganda’s capital Kampala has increasingly become the country’s industrial hub. Its population... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Tuesday, January 15, 2019 - 15:40
Three centuries ago, humans were intensely using just around 5 percent of the Earth’s land. Now, it’s almost half. Humans are transforming the Earth through our carbon emissions. Arctic sea ice is shrinking, seas are rising, and the past four years have been the hottest since record-keeping began. But long before the first cars or coal plants, we were reshaping the planet’s ecosystems through... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Tuesday, January 15, 2019 - 15:34
Do you remember what it was like in your neighborhood as a child? Do you have vivid memories of the buildings, the roads, the people, or the empty spaces around you, if there were any? Making children an integral part of the wider community, including public policies and programs, is the basic idea behind building child-friendly cities. A recent report published by UNICEF examined the effects of... Read more

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