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[ News ] Posted on Thursday, February 4, 2016 - 11:32
 The Central government's framework for 20 cities to become 'smart' over a five-year period is, without a doubt, ambitious. Given the present condition of these cities, turning them smart is certainly an uphill task. The top-most job will be delivering better civic services. Rapid and poorly regulated urbanization has severely burdened urban governments, rendering them incapable of providing... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Thursday, February 4, 2016 - 11:01
  This is the first of a five-part series to examine major forces or developments that will reshape our world over the coming decades. The Korea Times will look into five key areas ― the global economy, banking, information technology, automobiles, and energy ― in cooperation with global consulting firm McKinsey & Company. ― ED  SINGAPORE ― Japanese electronics giant Sony, which used to... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Thursday, February 4, 2016 - 10:33
The idea of growing fruit trees on the top of buildings, or producing fruit and vegetables inside multi-storey buildings using artificial light, might have been viewed as a fanciful idea once, but not any more. From Beijing to Sydney and Tokyo to Singapore, urban farming is becoming an integral part of the city landscape, not only in Asia but throughout the world. Chris Williams, lecturer in... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Tuesday, February 2, 2016 - 12:46
The world is undergoing the largest wave of urban growth in history. More than half of the world’s population now lives in towns and cities. Much of this urbanisation will unfold in Africa and Asia, bringing huge social, economic and environmental transformations. Urbanisation has the potential to usher in a new era of well-being, resource efficiency and economic growth.  But cities are also... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Tuesday, February 2, 2016 - 12:38
As part of efforts to address the glaring shortage of accommodation for officers and ratings of the Nigerian Navy, the Chief of Naval Staff, Vice Admiral Ibok Ibas has commenced a bilateral initiative with UN Habitat with the aim of building 20, 000 houses in the next three years for the Navy. Speaking when he received the Regional Director of UN Habitat for Africa, Prof. Oyeyinka Oyebanji at... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Tuesday, February 2, 2016 - 10:43
The typical modern Chinese city leaves a lot to be desired — and everybody seems to know it. Their streets tend to be extremely wide, cutting off one side from the other, but are still clogged with traffic that is unhindered by road rules. Their expansive sidewalks would be good for walking except for the fact that cars park and drive on them. Their populations are housed within 500×500 meter... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Monday, February 1, 2016 - 11:02
China has detailed its urban planning vision, which has been designed to make its sprawling cities more inclusive, safer and better places to live. In a statement released after the Central Urban Work Conference, which ran from Dec. 20 to Dec. 21 and was attended by President Xi Jinping and Premier Li Keqiang, policymakers pledged to transform urban development patterns and improve city... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Monday, February 1, 2016 - 10:44
Environmental destruction both caused the horrific Zika virus to infect humans and is fuelling its explosive spread through the Americas, experts believe felling forests brought people into contact with it, and the growth of cities and even an increase in rubbish are factors behind its rapid proliferation. Zika has reached 23 countries and territories since the first Brazilian cases were... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Friday, January 29, 2016 - 16:18
Five priority actions for governments to begin accountability to Goal 5 of the SDGs.
[ News ] Posted on Thursday, January 28, 2016 - 11:47
Recently, the Ministry of Megapolis and Western Region Development circulated an overview of the Western Megapolis master plan. The document’s sub-title – from Island to Continent – reflects the claims inside that the Western Megapolis is “Sri Lanka’s grand strategy to propel the country’s drive to achieve the status of a ‘high income developed nation’ by 2030”. According to the overview, the... Read more