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[ News ] Posted on Friday, May 9, 2014 - 08:01
Last month, a remarkable gathering occurred in Medellín, Colombia. About 22,000 people came together to attend the World Urban Forum and discuss the future of cities. The focus was on creating "cities for life" – that is, on promoting equitable development in the urban environments in which a majority of the world's citizens already live, and in which two-thirds will reside by the year 2050. The... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Thursday, May 8, 2014 - 15:34
Gentrification is a concept that comes from the English word gentry (high bourgeoisie). It is a process that happens in all cities with rapid economic development such as Paris, London, Barcelona and Berlin, the last of which is known as a young, creative and emergent metropolis. But the reality is that Berliners are struggling against gentrification. When the Berlin wall fell, the eastern... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Thursday, May 8, 2014 - 15:23
Brazil’s burgeoning middle class have an important place in the country’s slums. This finding is part of a survey released by the newly created Instituto Data Favela which established that, in 2013, 65% of the country’s slum-dwellers belonged to the middle class. In 2003, this proportion was 33%. Celso Athayde, creator of youth group Central Única de Favelas (CUFA) and Instituto Data Favela,... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Thursday, May 8, 2014 - 14:39
Why are South Africa’s policy makers so ambivalent about urbanization? Take, for example, the election manifesto of the African National Congress, which devoted considerable space to promises of rural development, but barely mentioned cities beyond the recognition that housing policies need to be fine-tuned. Nor is this silence confined to a manifesto intended, surely, to secure rural votes. The... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Thursday, May 8, 2014 - 09:37
Living Green in Israel - KKL-JNF and the Israeli Green Building Council hereby announce a public competition, at the end of which KKL-JNF intends to construct two buildings that will serve as demonstration centers for green construction. The buildings will be open to the general public. The goal of the competition is to generate discussion with a broader view on sustainable housing in the urban... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Thursday, May 8, 2014 - 09:25
Scaling sustainable transport and integrating it with land-use development is the way forward for economic growth and ensuring a high quality of life for city residents. Indian cities are urbanising at an unprecedented scale and pace. Over the next few decades, India’s urban population is expected to increase significantly, from 377 million in 2011 to 590 million by 2030. The problem is that the... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Thursday, May 8, 2014 - 09:01
Madrid will introduce smart parking meters that determine parking rates by the emission levels of cars, with the cheapest rates given to the most fuel-efficient cars. According to The Guardian, the Spanish capital will unveil the new system from 1 July when the new rates will be based on whether a car is diesel, hybrid or electric. “We thought it would be fair if the cars that pollute more, pay... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Thursday, May 8, 2014 - 08:53
The European Commission is inviting cities, private companies and non-governmental organisations active in urban development, to become founding partners of the European Innovation Partnership through an Invitation for Commitments which will close in mid-June. The European Commission is looking for partners to take forward its European Innovation Partnership on Smart Cities and Communities, with... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Thursday, May 8, 2014 - 08:35
A U.N. working group mandated to formulate a set of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) for the post-2015 development agenda is being accused of bypassing water and sanitation as a basic human right: a right long affirmed in a General Assembly resolution adopted back in July 2010. A letter of protest signed by 77 non-governmental organisations (NGOs), including Biofuel Watch, Blue Planet... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Thursday, May 8, 2014 - 08:09
Investor Ready Cities, a new report from Siemens, PwC and Berwin Leighton Paisner, was launched today to provide city decision makers with the inspiration to create new approaches to private investment and to explain how to make cities investor ready. Technology company Siemens, international consultants PwC and law firm Berwin Leighton Paisner have joined forces to illustrate how successful... Read more