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[ News ] Posted on Thursday, September 20, 2018 - 10:09
By 2050, the UN (United Nations) estimates 68% of the world’s population will live in urban areas, meaning an additional 2.5 billion people will rely on the infrastructure of the world’s largest cities. But roads, bridges, and electrical grids aren’t the only types of infrastructure we need in order to accommodate the influx of people living in our cities. Ensuring citizens can connect with one... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Thursday, September 20, 2018 - 09:53
At the moment cities typically designate a single purpose for a piece of land SEATTLE - Cities will have to embrace "agility" to adapt land use to the flexible needs that new technological innovations will require, the World Economic Forum said in a report released on Wednesday. At the moment cities typically designate a single purpose for a piece of land - such as a public road or a lot for... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Thursday, September 20, 2018 - 09:46
“Peoria should be proud today. We’re standing on a piece of property that was vacant for a lot of years, and we’re seeing crops grow… and we’re talking about them growing from stormwater.” Everyone gathered at today’s Well Farm at Voris Field Ribbon Cutting ceremony knows the stakes. Peoria is one of nearly 800 U.S. cities whose infrastructure spills raw sewage to its waterways and must yield to... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Thursday, September 20, 2018 - 09:12
Innovators working in the mobility sector are providing a wealth of new data for cities to help them better utilise existing infrastructure. Companies such as Miovision, Geotab, Moovit and VIA, presented their findings and insights to 19 city mobility leaders during the 12th 20-20 Cities meeting, hosted by Portland. “Mobility as a Service (MaaS) is the air traffic control tower for smart cities... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Tuesday, September 18, 2018 - 09:31
"Land has emerged as a priority topic" By Gregory Scruggs SAN FRANCISCO - From U.S. states to retail giant Walmart, governments and businesses pledged to protect natural lands that help brake global warming at an international climate summit this week. Important ecosystems like Brazil's Cerrado savanna and Malaysia's Borneo rainforest also got a boost from donors allocating new money for their... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Tuesday, September 18, 2018 - 09:03
Whether tapping a contactless card to take the subway, buying a gift for a loved one or using a smart phone to find the way home, your everyday actions leave behind breadcrumbs of digital information. When these traces are collected and analysed en masse, they can help urban planners to pick up on the daily rhythms of the life of a city and uncover trends about the people who live there. In a ... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Tuesday, September 18, 2018 - 08:59
Bold action on climate change could deliver $26 trillion in cumulative economic benefits by 2030, according to a new report by the New Climate Economy (NCE). Without immediate action to cut emissions, the costs of “runaway” climate change will be severe: heat waves, flooding, storms, food scarcity and sea level rise. Cities have been warned: they will need to peak their emissions as soon as 2020... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Monday, September 17, 2018 - 15:52
The knowledge economy’s integration with globalization has brought enormous changes to the world. Our book, In the Post-Urban World (Routledge 2018) focuses on one of many aspects of these changes, viz. the transformation of cities that has occurred in the wake of the global knowledge economy’s breakthrough. This is certainly not the first book that addresses these issues. However, it is the... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Thursday, September 13, 2018 - 10:09
About 3 billion people, or 40 percent of the world’s population, will need new housing by 2030. That will require constructing approximately 21 million new homes every year across the world. Several of the fastest-growing countries have ambitious goals to meet this need. The Indian governmentaims to construct 20 million affordable houses by 2022. Nigeria targets 1 million homes built per year for... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Wednesday, September 12, 2018 - 14:32
This autumn, the IPCC will publish its much-awaited special report on global warming of 1.5 degrees centigrade. For the first time, the world will have a clear scientific view of the rate and scale of emissions reduction is required if we are to avoid runaway climate change. It is expected to set out the systemic change needed to avoid the associated sea level rise, extreme weather, shocks to our... Read more