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[ News ] Posted on Thursday, July 17, 2014 - 15:04
Kibera is an informal settlement located in Nairobi, the capital city of Kenya. Home to an estimated one million people and covering an area of 2.5 square kilometers, Kibera is the largest informal settlement in Kenya and arguably one of the largest in Africa. The inhabitants of Kibera’s informal settlement face numerous challenges which include illiteracy, improper shelter, poor sanitation and... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Wednesday, July 23, 2014 - 10:37
Germany is the world’s most energy efficient country, according to a new report by the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE). Sixteen of the world’s largest economies who collectively represent 71% of global electricity consumption, were examined by the bipartisan nonprofit in an attempt to determine who is leading on sustainability. The analysis examines how energy is managed... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Wednesday, July 23, 2014 - 10:21
Who believes in climate change? We know liberals mostly do, and that women are more likely to than men. Now, a New Zealand-based study adds another demographic to the planet-sympathizing mix: people who live near the coast. And that’s not just because lefties prefer beachfront property. The researchers polled several thousand randomly selected New Zealanders across the country. While political... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Wednesday, July 23, 2014 - 09:53
Tygron, a company that creates serious games for urban development, hosted part of the Serious Gaming workshop. Tygron’s products were created out of a need for city planners to be able to conceptualise development initiatives before they are put into policy. The game they introduced integrates a Sims-like gaming platform with real-life indicators taken from GIS information systems and city... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Wednesday, July 23, 2014 - 09:36
AirPod, a car using compressed air to power its engine, is set to go on the market in autumn this year as a zero-emissions urban vehicle. The AirPod will able to reach a top speed of 80 km per hour and has a range of between 150 and 200 kilometres. Compressed air is fed into the car's tank which is then used to move the pistons inside the engine. It has a similar emissions profile to electric... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Wednesday, July 23, 2014 - 09:18
Cities in China and India usually dominate global headlines about hazardous urban air pollution. But a recent World Bank study concludes that pollution in Pakistan’s cities is just as severe. The report, Cleaning Pakistan’s Air, warns that policymakers in South Asia’s most urbanized nation are hampered by limited finances and technical expertise to effectively combat the problem. Rapid... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Wednesday, July 23, 2014 - 09:06
An annual ranking of the world’s most traffic-congested cities offers insights that might be useful to city leaders. Urban commuters spend an average of eight days stuck in traffic each year. Building more roads doesn’t always alleviate the jams, writes Jim Gorzelany, a Chicago-based automotive journalist, in Forbes. In fact, secondary roads can be worse than major arteries, according to stats... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Tuesday, July 22, 2014 - 10:42
Biophilia refers to love of life or a passion for life. Erich Fromm, the Swedish psychologist used the term first in 1964 to describe being drawn to nature. Biophilic cities are different from green cities as the former focus on wellbeing and health more than simply environmental conservation. Biophilic design takes inspiration from natural patterns and landscape processes as well as the human... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Tuesday, July 22, 2014 - 10:38
China’s capital city of Beijing is already home to 5.4 million cars, the most of any Chinese city. The country’s rising wealth means that this is a trend unlikely to stop. This rapid motorization has led to many city government “quick fixes” aimed at easing congestion problems in the short-term. In Beijing and other cities, these include creating numerous expressways, flyovers, and tunnels... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Tuesday, July 22, 2014 - 10:31
Sidewalk collisions involving pedestrians engrossed in their electronic devices have become an irritating (and sometimes dangerous) fact of city life. To prevent them, what about just creating a “no cellphones” lane on the sidewalk? Would people follow the signs? That’s what a TV crew decided to find out on a Washington, D.C., street last week as part of a behavioral science experiment for a new... Read more