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[ News ] Posted on Wednesday, May 23, 2018 - 15:50
There are many indexes that aim to rank how green cities are. But what does it actually mean for a city to be green or sustainable? We’ve written about what we call the “parks, cafes and a riverwalk” model of sustainability, which focuses on providing new green spaces, mainly for high-income people. This vision of shiny residential towers and waterfront parks has become a widely-shared conception... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Wednesday, May 23, 2018 - 15:27
Today, 55% of the world’s population lives in urban areas, a proportion that is expected to increase to 68% by 2050. Projections show that urbanization, the gradual shift in residence of the human population from rural to urban areas, combined with the overall growth of the world’s population could add another 2.5 billion people to urban areas by 2050, with close to 90% of this increase taking... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Wednesday, May 23, 2018 - 15:14
Hong Kong has one of the worst housing crises in the world, with property prices so high that a single parking spot sold for $664,000 last year and all but the wealthiest are stuck renting tiny apartments with an ever-proliferating range of colorful names: micro-flats, nano apartments, coffin apartments, and cage homes. It's gotten so bad that the city has been ranked the least affordable city... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Wednesday, May 23, 2018 - 15:03
As cities face funding shortages for critical resilience and infrastructure projects, they are looking to new sources of capital—including impact investors. From large multinational banks to traditional institutional asset owners, to foundations and family offices, investors are looking to put their capital to work in ways that generate financial as well as social and environmental returns. The... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Tuesday, May 22, 2018 - 10:17
We often get asked questions from urban planners, policymakers, and real estate professionals asking how they should prepare for the future of mobility, today. Some are architects and developers wanting to know how their buildings and planned communities should be designed in a shared automated future. Some are planners and policymakers wanting to know if and how their zoning and building codes... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Tuesday, May 22, 2018 - 10:04
Kaiser Permanente is pledging $200 million toward fighting homelessness and building more low-cost housing in eight states, plus D.C. Housing is healthcare. That’s a common refrain among leaders working on public health issues that range from substance abuse to food insecurity. Fighting poverty and homelessness, and treating the many negative health outcomes associated with living outside... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Tuesday, May 22, 2018 - 10:02
The United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres and World Bank Group President Jim Yong Kim, guided by the Addis Ababa Action Agenda on Financing for Development and the Paris Agreement on Climate Change, today signed a Strategic Partnership Framework (SPF), which demonstrates their joint commitment to cooperate in helping countries implement the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. The... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Tuesday, May 22, 2018 - 09:53
Cities are at the heart of modern living. It is estimated that by 2050 more than two-thirds of the world’s population will live in cities, suggesting an unprecedented wave of urban growth. Smart and green cities hold the key to a sustainable and low-carbon future. With modern technology, energy-neutral buildings are possible. These buildings are better for our planet, reduce the global water... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Monday, May 21, 2018 - 16:23
Eight cities – from Accra to Dar es Salaam – pledged to deliver their share of emissions cuts needed to meet global targets to limit climate change   LAGOS - Africa is sometimes better known for its vulnerability to climate change than its action on the problem – but a set of African cities intend to change that. Eight cities – from Accra to Dar es Salaam – pledged this week to deliver their... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Thursday, May 17, 2018 - 14:13
The run-up to Ireland’s abortion vote has revealed a divide already at the fore in the US, Italy and Poland – where urban policy-makers are standing up against state conservatism Alone woman scales a brick building, turning to look at a number 8 chained to her ankle, hampering her progress. The animation appeared this month, projected on to Dublin’s Treasury building, and images quickly spread on... Read more