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[ News ] Posted on Wednesday, September 28, 2016 - 15:38
TOKYO -- A Singaporean government-affiliated company has developed 1,600 sq. km of real estate. Compare that to Singapore's total land mass, a humble 719 sq. km. Obviously, Ascendas-Singbridge is doing some of its developing overseas. It expects to do a lot more of that by taking advantage of Asia's megatrend: urbanization. The developer, which specializes in business parks and office complexes... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Wednesday, September 28, 2016 - 15:20
Countries of the Europe and Central Asia (ECA) region are regularly affected by adverse natural events. Over the last 30 years, floods and earthquakes alone caused 50,000 fatalities, affected nearly 25 million people, and resulted in US$80 billion in damage. While disaster profiles and vulnerabilities vary across Armenia, the Kyrgyz Republic and Tajikistan; all three countries, however, share in... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Wednesday, September 28, 2016 - 15:03
Urban farming has deep roots in Detroit, as I reported in a three-part series last month. Some 1,400 farms are scattered across the city’s 139 square miles. Many farmers are concerned that their land will be razed and redeveloped as the post-bankruptcy city courts new investors and businesses. But new legislation announced Monday could help urban farmers across the U.S. grow. On Monday, Debbie... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Wednesday, September 28, 2016 - 12:00
The World Bank estimates that by 2025 Indonesia will have 68 percent of its population living in cities or urban communities. As such, Indonesia’s cities are among the fastest growing cities in the world. However, without a unified spatial data system, urban planning is a daunting task while urbanization challenges become harder to predict. The World Bank's City Planning Labs project provides... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Wednesday, September 28, 2016 - 11:25
“Effective decentralization” is listed as one the “main drivers of change to realize the transformative commitments” advocated by the first draft of the New Urban Agenda, the global urbanization vision that will be finalized at next month’s Habitat IIIconference. Multiple key references to decentralization also are included in the agenda’s final draft, released this month. By definition,... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Wednesday, September 28, 2016 - 10:02
Air pollution is killing nearly eight lakh people annually in the South East Asian Region with India alone accounting for over 75 per cent of the casualties caused by cardiovascular diseases and lung cancer, according to a new WHO report today. The report said nine out of 10 people globally are breathing poor quality air while nearly 90 per cent of air pollution related deaths occur in low and... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Wednesday, September 28, 2016 - 09:47
Go west, young man! That was the rallying cry for an earlier era of Americans looking for a place to start a family. It was a time when young men were expected to seek their fortunes on the emerging American frontier that moved steadily across the continent from the Eastern Seaboard to San Francisco Bay.     Today, young Americans are forging a new frontier, taking the lifestyle they... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Wednesday, September 28, 2016 - 09:21
Marina Rodriguez’s cinderblock house sits in a dense, crowded slum on the southwest outskirts of Bogotá. She built it herself, brick by brick, slowly replacing recycled plastic and wood over 20 years to build the permanent structure she lives in today. Since her kids have grown and left her, Marina says she sleeps alone in the house with God. “If it hadn’t been for Him, I wouldn’t have been able... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Tuesday, September 27, 2016 - 15:45
Urbanization has been around since the dawn of cities. It is also somewhat misunderstood and even more so misapplied, especially in ministry circles. There are two related movements shaping cities: urbanization and the growth of cities. Although they are related they are not the same. Urbanization refers to population concentration. The term typically refers to the proportion of the total... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Tuesday, September 27, 2016 - 15:41
When Tristan Capital analysed working-age populations in Europe, it raised wider implications for the definition of ‘core’. Simon Martin explains The phrase ‘demography is destiny’, ascribed to French sociologist and philosopher Auguste Comte, is just as relevant to European real estate investors today as it was in the 19th century.  For all its attractions, Europe is ageing. For investors used... Read more