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[ News ] Posted on Monday, September 11, 2017 - 14:42
Emergent technologies are poised to radically change how we work and live. They will transform our cities and workplaces, shifting jobs and entrepreneurship in new directions, and spur new ways to manage our lives. All of society will be affected, up to and including how we interact with machines themselves. Sophisticated machines and applications that communicate online will accelerate demand... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Monday, September 11, 2017 - 13:28
Yet again, this week, man-made disaster was presented as a natural calamity. It is true that on August 29, Mumbai received roughly 315 mm of rain. However, this was less than half of what Mumbai received on July 26, 2005. The effect was just as crippling—the city was flooded, transport came to a halt, millions were stranded, leading to loss of life and damage to property. It was as if little had... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Monday, September 11, 2017 - 12:49
UNITED NATIONS — National governments this week made clear that they are not interested in the creation of a new U. N. body to coordinate global action on sustainable urbanization. But the “UN Urban” proposal was not all that was on the table at the high-level meeting here. The focus of this week’s talks was how to reform UN-Habitat, the international body’s lead agency on urbanization —... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Thursday, September 7, 2017 - 12:42
Indian cities are going through a massive change. Decision-makers are rethinking urban design to make public infrastructure more useable and accessible. For instance, public bike share systems in Bhopal and Mysore have changed the way people commute; or the redesigning of streets in Bangalore has created a safe pedestrian network. In other cities like Mumbai, Pune, Bhubaneshwar, and Gurgaon, the... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Thursday, September 7, 2017 - 12:10
More and more of the world’s citizens are moving to cities. The United Nations says by 2050, the world’s urban populations will increase by 2.5 billion people, a phenomenon known as “urbanization”. U.S. Census figures show nearly two-thirds of the United States’ population currently lives in an urban area. And that number is expected to explode. Cities around the world are on track to face many... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Thursday, September 7, 2017 - 10:55
UNITED NATIONS — Reaching consensus is typically a long, arduous process for the international community, but on a new proposal for a fresh approach to urban issues, national governments were nearly unanimous: No thanks. The reaction came this week at U. N. Headquarters during a high-level meeting of ministers, mayors and urban experts to discuss a recent report commissioned by U. N. Secretary-... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Wednesday, September 6, 2017 - 12:18
What can cities do to encourage cultural experiments and investment? And what kind of spaces do artists need for creativity to flourish? Rem Koolhaas and Ellen van Loon of OMA architecture practice are in conversation at the Manchester International festival, talking about the major contract they landed for the Manchester arts centre Factory: a hub for cultural activity and soon to be home of the... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Wednesday, September 6, 2017 - 11:40
“If we only respond to the past, we will only get answers that fit the past,” says Dutch water expert Henk Ovink. Rives Taylor, a principal at the architecture firm Gensler and a 40-plus-year resident of Houston, is lucky. His home in Houston Heights, an older neighborhood northwest of downtown, was spared from Hurricane Harvey’s flooding. Part of that is due to the natural topography of the... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Wednesday, September 6, 2017 - 11:02
5 September 2017 – The United Nations deputy chief today said that the Organization is failing to deliver sufficiently in cities, and its work in and on urban areas must be reinvigorated, as the General Assembly kicked off a high-level meeting on a new UN approach to the rapidly urbanizing world. “Today, we acknowledge that the UN is not delivering sufficiently in cities. And, through our common... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Tuesday, September 5, 2017 - 11:53
Smart city development is no longer an option. Cities are sprouting at practically every nook and corner and in any given week, approximately 1.5 million people become urban dwellers. At this pace, the urban cohort will account for over two-thirds of the global population by 2050, and the usual problems of urbanization will persist, except at a larger scale. Many cities are waking up to this... Read more