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[ News ] Posted on Wednesday, May 28, 2014 - 07:33
Urbanization is considered one of a number of macro trends driving the global economy. Others assert that it is the biggest macro trend, opening up entrepreneurial and business opportunities. As at 2007, 11 Nigerian cities: Abuja, Benin City, Ibadan, Ilorin, Kaduna, Kano, Lagos, Maiduguri, Ogbomosho, Port Harcourt, and Zaria had more than 750,000 inhabitants. These urban agglomerations are... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Tuesday, May 27, 2014 - 12:02
We live in a world where four out of five millennials prefer to live in walkable places with a variety of commuting options, a world where people want to drive less and socialize more. However, while the next generation’s desires are apparent in their choices of where to work and live, this new vision of walkability has been more slowly realized in the planning profession. Engagement with... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Tuesday, May 27, 2014 - 11:28
Earth Day is an annual celebration of the planet’s biodiversity and an important opportunity to highlight solutions to some of the world’s most pressing environmental and social challenges. Through more than one billion pledges to buy local produce, start composting, eat less meat, reduce energy consumption, and many other actions, the Earth Day Network is creating an international movement to... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Tuesday, May 27, 2014 - 10:50
The just-elected new Mayor of Paris, Madame Anne Hidalgo, has prepared a revolutionary sustainable mobility project whereby virtually all of the streets of the city will be subject to a maximum speed limit of 30 km/hr. The only exceptions in the plan are a relatively small number of major axes into the city and along the two banks of the Seine, where the speed limit will be 50 km/hr, and the... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Tuesday, May 27, 2014 - 10:09
Roads, public transport, walking and cycling routes in Wales are to have £15.4m worth of improvements. Forty-one projects are set for a boost, with Blaenau Gwent, Bridgend and Caerphilly the only counties to miss out on money. The Port Talbot to Swansea bus corridor will receive £1.5m for the Baglan energy park link bridge. Meanwhile, £950,000 will be spent on the A493 between Pontbren and Nant... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Tuesday, May 27, 2014 - 09:52
An Australian independent aid project is tackling water and sanitation problems in Kiribati to combat the nation's high infant mortality rate. One in 20 newborns die before their first birthday because of illnesses related to unclean drinking water. The Island Rescue Project is providing solar powered water desalination equipment and water purifying kits to communities to prevent disease. Island... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Monday, May 26, 2014 - 08:24
One of the major challenges in city planning is that the people doing the planning don't always look like the people inhabiting the city. That's especially true in metropolitan New York. Middle-aged white planners living and working in Manhattan with big salaries and short subway commutes experience the city in a way most residents just don't. Planners often try to bridge this social divide by... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Monday, May 26, 2014 - 07:45
China and Russia have reached a landmark US$400 billion gas supply deal that would span over the next three decades. The landmark agreement was confirmed on Wednesday, toward the end of Russian President Vladimir Putin’s trip to China. Earlier during Putin’s visit, it had appeared that the negotiations between the China National Petroleum Corporation and Russian state-owned energy giant Gazprom... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Monday, May 26, 2014 - 07:36
The first of 30 new hybrid trolley buses have arrived in Bulgaria's largest coastal city, with the rest arriving by the end of September. Featuring air conditioning, security cameras and adaptations for disabled passengers, the first new hybrid bus began operating in Varna earlier this month. The buses were produced by the Czech automobile manufacturer Skoda, and their total value is 28 million... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Sunday, May 25, 2014 - 15:23
Last month, I attended UN Habitat's World Urban Forum, the world's premier gathering on the subject of cities and our urban future. Every two years, stakeholders from across the globe come together at the Forum to examine the most pressing issues facing our rapidly urbanizing world. Over the next three decades, 2 billion people will be added to our planet and most of this growth will take place... Read more