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[ News ] Posted on Thursday, August 28, 2014 - 08:10
Bloomberg Philanthropies has set aside US$45 million to send innovation delivery teams to mayors’ offices across the US to assist in innovation and urban improvement. The innovation delivery teams will serve as in-house innovation consultancies, paid for byBloomberg Philanthropies, to help mayors increase innovation in their approach to city problems, through the foundation’s own innovation... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Thursday, August 28, 2014 - 04:12
Por Karol Alejandra Arámbula Carrillo Las causas detrás del desplazamiento forzado son inmediatas, sometiendo a miles y miles de personas a recoger sus pertenencias y abandonar el lugar que los vio nacer y crecer para ir en búsqueda de protección a un lugar desconocido y  muchas veces peligroso.[i] Es un fenómeno que afecta a todas las regiones del planeta, donde intereses económicos, políticos... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Wednesday, August 27, 2014 - 09:37
Public housing in the United States is associated with failure and misery. The very words conjure up visions of concrete tower blocks, drug-related violence and concentrated poverty. But contrary to popular belief, public housing in the U.S. has not been an utter disaster: “In most cities at most times, public housing provides a better alternative than private-sector housing in poor... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Wednesday, August 27, 2014 - 09:21
We've been subjected to dire predictions about the excessive power consumption of data centers for years. While the worst forecasts proved overblown, that doesn't mean there isn't a problem—especially within the roughly 3 million facilities that aren't part of massive server farmsbeing built by the likes of Apple, Facebook, Google and Microsoft. A new tally by the Natural Resources Defense... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Wednesday, August 27, 2014 - 08:16
Urban development in Africa is often touted an an antidote to endemic poverty — an opportunity to rid cities of slums and despair. Christine Mungai reports for Mail & Guardian Africa that the reality is more stark: Africa’s slums are the “new normal.” In many African cities, half the population resides in slums, with the figure reaching 80 percent in Mozambique, Angola and the Central... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Wednesday, August 27, 2014 - 08:10
You’ll find the original Rancho Santa Fe community nestled between golf courses and tennis clubs in sunny southern California. The version of it that I know best, however, is in the suburbs of Shanghai: this themed Chinese subdivision, modelled on the posh Californian suburb, features the same Mission-style homes with red tile roofs and the same lush green lawns encircling driveways mounted with... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Wednesday, August 27, 2014 - 08:00
Urban transport specialist Tern has announced the launch of its first electric folding bike, the eLink. The new model adds an electric boost to the versatile Link bike and makes cycling accessible to a broader audience. “E-bikes are great but they generally aren’t very compact or portable,” said Joshua Hon, Tern team captain. “Lack of portability creates two problems for the rider – an inability... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Wednesday, August 27, 2014 - 07:54
A new initiative has been launched that will see Auckland Airport, New Zealand, working in partnership with tenants to achieve ambitious energy-saving targets. Supported by the Energy Efficiency and Conservation Authority (EECA), the programme is the first collaboration of its type between a large-scale commercial landlord and tenants. Auckland Airport is New Zealand’s largest airport, with more... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Tuesday, August 26, 2014 - 10:20
The city of São Paulo has won the 2014 Enterprising City/State MobiPrize following its support of user information and public participation platforms to advance sustainable transport solutions. MobiPrize was launched in 2012 by the University of Michigan SMART (Sustainable Mobility and Accessibility Research and Transformation) initiative to honor entrepreneurs and governments that support... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Tuesday, August 26, 2014 - 10:14
China’s increasing overall wealth makes it unlikely that the country’s growth in car ownership will stop any time soon. However, severe air pollution and traffic congestion have led several large Chinese cities to take action to stem the rising tide of private cars. For example, six Chinese cities – including Beijing– have implemented license plate control policies. Other transport demand... Read more