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[ News ] Posted on Monday, November 21, 2016 - 12:12
In early 2017, San Francisco’s SoMa district will be getting a new burger joint that gives a glimpse into the way machines could fill multiple jobs within single company locations across the U.S. Its star cook is an automated factory line that preps, cooks and packages burgers at a rate of 400 sandwiches per hour.   In fact, a new report by the National League of Cities highlights that within... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Monday, November 21, 2016 - 12:11
Our mission at KONE is to improve the flow of urban life. To capture the essence of urbanization, we bring you stories of people from 17 cities. Sathish Raja Kalaiyarasan gives us a glimpse into the city life in Chennai, the 36th-largest urban area in the world. “I have lived in Chennai for a little over 3 years. Being a major developing city, it attracts many people from rural areas. But... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Monday, November 21, 2016 - 11:47
In 1920, for the first time, the Census Bureau counted more people living in urbanized America than in the countryside. This hasn’t been a rural nation ever since. Yet the idea of Thomas Jefferson’s agrarian America has receded slowly despite demographic change. We still romanticize the family farm, though few of them exist anymore. We view even suburbia in pastoral terms — the “crabgrass... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Monday, November 21, 2016 - 11:18
A conference co-hosted by the IGC and the Stanford Center for International Development yielded multiple insights on the potential benefits of migration to cities for generating economic growth in developing countries. Reducing transport costs through transport subsidies and better roads allows people to work urban jobs with higher wages. Leading researchers gathered to contribute findings on... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Monday, November 21, 2016 - 11:18
When negotiators from almost 200 countries arrived in Marrakech two weeks ago for the latest annual climate change conference, COP22, it was being touted as an opportunity to showcase progress and start the important process of turning the UN’s Paris Agreement into a detailed blueprint for action. Monday went ahead as planned. Tuesday took place in the shadow of the US election, silverlined with... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Monday, November 21, 2016 - 10:05
Strathcona County, dubbed by council as the most livable county in Alberta, has seen rapid population growth over the years.   The area’s urban communities have experienced a population increase of just over 3,300 people in a three-year span — expanding from 65,465 people in 2012, to 68,782 in 2015. Contrarily, the rural population has decreased by 123 people in those three years, changing from... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Monday, November 21, 2016 - 09:50
The revision of the Master Plan 2021 is the third statutory planning exercise for Srinagar with the master planning of the city having started from 1971-91 document followed by Master Plan 2021. The city also has two comprehensive Traffic and Transportation Plans prepared in 1992 and 2011 by Rail India Technical and Economic Services (RITES). The Valley of Kashmir is facing massive urbanization... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Monday, November 21, 2016 - 09:40
QUITO, Ecuador (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - The United Nations formally adopted a global road map to grapple with rapid urbanization on Thursday, capping nearly two years of behind-the-scenes international negotiations aimed at designing development priorities for cities and towns over the long term. The New Urban Agenda (NUA) sets out a host of general goals such as development of sustainable... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Monday, November 21, 2016 - 09:25
Lagos — Elder Statesman and President of Nigerian Conservation Foundation (NCF) Board of Trustees, Chief Phillips Asiodu, has decried what he called, "uncontrolled urbanization" which he said threatens Nigeria's forest reserves. He said if the trend continues, Nigeria might be left without forest in the year 2050. Asiodu spoke at the 2016 Annual Dinner Dance of the Foundation/unveiling of new... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Monday, November 21, 2016 - 09:13
SURU, India — What lessons can a onetime potter’s colony offer on cleaning up a city in a country struggling with garbage disposal? Quite a lot, as I found on a recent visit to the outskirts of this city in southern India. Mysuru, famed for the magnificent mansions of its erstwhile kings, or maharajas, is also known as India’s “cleanest city.” For two consecutive years, Mysuru has topped the ... Read more