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[ News ] Posted on Tuesday, October 10, 2017 - 15:32
Indians are flocking to the country’s megacities in huge numbers. More needs to be done to provide them with opportunities and livelihoods in the country’s rural areas, Asit K Biswas, Udisha Saklani and Cecilia Tortajada write. Recently India’s beleaguered cities have been the subject of intense scrutiny and criticism. This year’s monsoon rains have caused many deaths and widespread economic and... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Tuesday, October 10, 2017 - 15:13
Australia is hot. But future extreme hot weather will be worse still, with new researchpredicting that Sydney and Melbourne are on course for 50℃ summer days by the 2040s if high greenhouse emissions continue. That means that places such as Perth, Adelaide and various regional towns could conceivably hit that mark even sooner. This trend is worrying, but not particularly surprising given the fact... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Tuesday, October 10, 2017 - 10:42
Residents of higher-density areas are more active, more socially engaged – and less obese – than people who live in the sprawl of suburbia Contrary to popular belief, busy city centres beat suburban living when it comes to human wellbeing, as socialising and walking make for happier, healthier people, according to a new report. Downtown residents – packed together in tight row houses or apartment... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Friday, October 6, 2017 - 14:21
Gaborone, 05 October 2017 – The Government of Botswana in partnership with UN-Habitat and UNECA held an inception workshop to kick-start the process of monitoring and reporting on Sustainable Development Goal 11. Botswana is one of the four selected countries in Africa (Botswana, Tunisia) and Latin America (Ecuador, Colombia) under the project “Monitoring and Reporting on Human Settlement... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Friday, October 6, 2017 - 13:04
Restoring the human-scale to the modern built environment is a long-term task, key to human health and welfare, that has barely begun. A recent Governing Magazine piece was provocatively titled, "The 'New Urbanism' Movement Might be Dead." Taking that clickbait leads to a piece by respected urban planning essayist William Fulton that is mostly about the success of the New Urbanism. Thirty years... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Thursday, October 5, 2017 - 16:10
With the aim to commemorate the Urban October, as well as the first year of the implementation of the New Urban Agenda, UN-Habitat will create a virtual collage using social media with a daily publication of a project showcasing how the New Urban Agenda is being put into action on the ground. The collage will be based on the Visual Identity of the Implementation of the New Urban Agenda. This... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Thursday, October 5, 2017 - 15:18
The results of a four-year interdisciplinary research project show that despite their love of driving, the Swiss are open to the idea of replacing private motor vehicles with other options like public transport, telecommuting – or even moving sidewalks.  The results of the PostCarWorldexternal link research project, funded by the Swiss National Science Foundation, were presented at the Swiss... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Wednesday, October 4, 2017 - 14:35
Developers' proposal envisions two highrise towers with strict environmental building standards A rezoning application has been submitted to the city of Vancouver that would see the construction of a two-tower development giving off close to zero greenhouse gas emissions.  The developers, Landa Global Properties and Asia Standard Americas, have submitted an application for a 43 and 48-storey... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Wednesday, October 4, 2017 - 12:59
The convergence of technology and the city is seen as a possible remedy for the challenging issues of urbanisation. Autonomous vehicles are among the most popular of many smart city solutions. Also known as driverless car technology, it could reshape our cities. One recent prediction is that by 2040 these vehicles will account for up to half of all road travel. A growing number of studies are... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Wednesday, October 4, 2017 - 12:44
As more people live in bigger cities with larger infrastructure creating greater pollution, we need to know more about the quality of air. Every year approximately 7.7 million people die from the effects of air pollution, a poisonous problem that damages health and costs the global economy an estimated $225 billion annually. Measuring, analysing, understanding, and reducing the levels of air... Read more