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[ News ] Posted on Tuesday, March 14, 2017 - 10:46
Smart cities are capturing the imaginations of many, seducing planners, politicians and investors with their promise of increased digital connectivity, frictionless services and greener economies. To smart city enthusiasts, the successful metropolis of the future is a fully wired one, with automated systems driven by big data and cloud computing. Through investment in fiber-optic cables, wireless... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Tuesday, March 14, 2017 - 10:35
The smartest cities are those that build resilience into their design and structure. Devex spoke to two engineers to find out how digital technology tools can help. The global population is projected to reach 10 billion by 2060 and the majority will live in cities, according to the United Nations. Thousands of new cities will need to be built and existing ones expanded to accommodate this growing... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Tuesday, March 14, 2017 - 10:31
I recently spent some time walking around Washington DC, where I live, with an aethalometer sticking out of my shirt collar. I carried the device, which measures air pollution, around with me like a pet monkey as I walked in a city park, drove on the city’s circular beltway and picked up my kids from school. It was sadly eye-opening because it confirmed what I have long suspected: my city is a... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Tuesday, March 14, 2017 - 08:49
DUBAI — More than 200 city leaders and other urbanists agreed this week on a new mandate that aims to further cement the importance of standardized urban data for driving the development of cities that are inclusive and sustainable, and that contribute to “smart” national development leading up to 2030. The “Dubai Declaration” is the outcome document of the Global Cities Summit, hosted in... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Monday, March 13, 2017 - 15:17
proving the energy efficiency of buildings lacks the glamour of headline-grabbing urban innovations such as drone-based delivery and elevated bicycle highways. Yet for cities determined to achieve sustainable growth, it’s a must. Buildings account for about one-third of all greenhouse gas emissions and it’s more like half in many big cities. Reducing the energy used to heat, cool and light... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Monday, March 13, 2017 - 14:42
A set of key messages on rural transport and SDGs has been developed to explain how rural transport plays a key role in realizing the Sustainable Development Goals adopted by world governments to define development policy up to 2030. Improved rural transport is key in fighting poverty, improving food security and social development. At present about 1 billion people lack access to an all season... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Friday, March 10, 2017 - 11:30
Summary The Habitat III conference saw UN member states agree to implement ‘The New Urban Agenda’, which is set to be the guiding framework for urban development over the next twenty years. The New Urban Agenda makes a commitment to promote inclusive urban economies, through “fostering an enabling environment for business and innovation and jobs and livelihoods”. There was much discussion At... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Friday, March 10, 2017 - 10:57
One of the most notable changes in modern times is the rapid urbanisation of our planet, which began in the 19th century. While in 1950, 29% of the global population lived in cities, that figure is estimated now at 50% and by 2030 it will reach 61%.In Africa, urbanisation experienced a rapid shift from 15% in 1950 to 41% today. It is estimated that, by 2030, 54% of the population on that... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Friday, March 10, 2017 - 10:14
Kabul, Afghanistan 9 March 2017 – Kabul Mayor Abdullah Habibzai has launched the ground activities for citywide cleaning, greening and beautification services in Nahias 1 and 2. These activities are part of the Clean and Green Cities Programme which will implement area-based upgrading and citywide services in Kabul. The programme is a labour intensive services delivery aimed at stimulating and... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Thursday, March 9, 2017 - 11:25
Kenya has launched its first National Spatial Plan, which will guide the use and management of land and land-based resources and help in achieving equity, productivity, efficiency and sustainability. While launching the plan last week, Lands and Physical Planning cabinet secretary Prof Jacob Kaimenyi said the document will address key developmental challenges that the country is grappling with... Read more