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[ News ] Posted on Monday, January 18, 2016 - 14:39
What does a smart African city look like? With over 1.3 billion people projected to be living in African cities by 2050, this question is key for planning and designing sustainable, low-carbon African cities that provide adequate services to their residents. This video, featuring research from the ACC’s Anton Cartwright’s ‘Better Growth, Better Cities: Rethinking and Redirecting Urbanisation in... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Thursday, January 7, 2016 - 10:13
The recorded 60 million refugees across the world have no other choice but to flee their homes, seeking asylum and shelter in host countries. Belgian-based design firm DMOA designed Maggie Shelter in response to the poor living conditions that these displaced immigrants encounter in camps and other informal settlements. Maggie Shelter is a temporary but sturdy insulated structure that can be... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Thursday, January 7, 2016 - 10:03
Over the years, there has not been a shortage of high sounding statements, extolling the virtues of green designs. Global bodies such as the United Nations Environmental Programme (UNEP) and UN-Habitat have been in the forefront in urging developers to consider incorporating as much of the green aspects as possible during the design phase of projects.Despite the many policy statements from both... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Wednesday, January 6, 2016 - 10:16
As we get into 2016, Kenya continues to suffer an acute shortage of decent urban housing.New housing units continue to fall far below the annual projection of 150,000 required to bridge our national deficit. The persistent deficit has seen local entrepreneurs devise innovative models to cash in. Sadly, some of the models are unsuitable for the long term and the sustainable development of our... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Tuesday, January 5, 2016 - 12:10
In December, Stanford’s urban studies program launched the Human Cities Initiative to promote urban development that prioritizes the quality of life for city inhabitants.   The initiative will encompass existing curriculum as well as future events that will emphasize a human-centered approach to urbanization. A daylong Expo on Dec. 4 kicked off the Human Cities Initiative with presentations of... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Thursday, December 24, 2015 - 10:47
According to the World Health Organisation (WHO), majority of the human population in the world live in urban areas. In 2014, the urban population accounted for 54% of the total global population which is equivalent to 3.96 Billion and it is expected to grow by an average of 1.63% per year between now and 2030. Climate change poses new multiple challenges to the urban setting and the greatest... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Wednesday, December 16, 2015 - 10:42
The developing world is urbanizing rapidly. However, this urban growth is leading to increased inequity and vulnerability, particularly for the marginalized poor. Climate change further compounds these problems. Asia showcases these challenges and highlights warnings to be heeded elsewhere. Urbanization is causing unprecedented and rapid change of ecological landscapes, social values and... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Wednesday, December 16, 2015 - 10:12
Many of the harmful effects of global warming will continue to influence Earth's atmosphere and oceans for decades despite the landmark climate agreement nearly 200 countries reached in Paris this weekend. No matter how much emissions are reduced in the years ahead, temperatures will continue to climb, sea levels will continue to rise and oceans will become more acidic around the world over the... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Wednesday, December 9, 2015 - 18:21
Just two days after the Chinese capital Beijing took the unprecedented step of raising the air pollution alert code from orange to the highest on the scale, red, officials announced Wednesday that they had banned one million vehicles deemed dangerous to the environment. The Ministry of Environmental Protection said that it had removed these vehicles – registered before 2005 and which emitted... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Wednesday, December 9, 2015 - 17:52
UASIN Gishu county has developed a land-use framework to guide development of property in Eldoret, its headquarters. The county expects the guidelines to help mitigate mushrooming of slums. Governor Jackson Mandago said the plan is to properly demarcate the highly urbanising town into residential and commercial set-ups. The framework will also control use of land, with key focus on proper... Read more