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[ News ] Posted on Thursday, August 24, 2017 - 16:25
India’s burgeoning cities are famous the world over for their startling vibrancy – and, sometimes, their startling problems. A new national policy, enshrining more transit-friendly development principles, aims to steer urban planning in the world’s largest democracy towards more compact and pedestrian-friendly neighborhoods and streets. The World Bank projects that India will lead the global... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Thursday, August 24, 2017 - 12:40
UN projections suggest that the world’s urban population will reach 6.3 billion by 2050, up 2.7 billion from the roughly 3.6 billion people living in cities as of 2010. The vast majority of these new urban residents – over 90 per cent – will be added to the cities of low- and middle- income countries – such as Ethiopia, Tanzania, China, and India. All of this urbanisation should be good for... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Thursday, August 24, 2017 - 10:44
Spring and summer 2017 have been among the wettest on record in eastern North America, including southern Ontario. Rainfall amounts in the spring broke records in places like Toronto, where 44.6 millimetres of rain fell in 24 hours. The relentless downpours caused the stormwater infrastructure in Canada’s biggest city to overflow, leading to flooding of busy downtown streets. Urbanization in... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Wednesday, August 23, 2017 - 17:54
My wife recently gave birth to our first child. It’s an exciting time – and also one that portends great changes for our future. Cities are supposedly hostile to children. But living on the Upper West Side of New York, we’ve experienced nothing but oohs and ahhs over our son. The people in our neighborhood love children. And there are plenty of them around. The UWS is one of those places you... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Wednesday, August 23, 2017 - 11:14
A high-level U.N. meeting on 5-6 September may sound arcane, but the decisions made there could decide how sustainable our cities are for generations. Here’s what needs to happen. In these contested times, a slow realization is taking hold in national capitals, regions and cities across the world of the potential for sustainable urbanization to accelerate the implementation of sustainable... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Wednesday, August 23, 2017 - 10:58
A UN panel, appointed by António Guterres, Secretary-General, UN, has recommended that ‘UN Urban’ be established as a coordinating mechanism similar to UN-Water or UN-Energy, as part of system-wide UN reform. The High Level Independent Panel’s report says that UN-Habitat–the UN programme mandated in 1978 by UN General Assembly to address the issues of urban growth–“has limitations in... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Wednesday, August 23, 2017 - 10:50
This past year has been tumultuous. With the inauguration of President Donald Trump, the rise of far-right extremists in the US, and terror attacks reverberating across the globe, 2017 has changed the world. However, there are a number of cities around the world where citizens are happy, social services, are improving, and economies are growing. These places routinely make the list of the... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Tuesday, August 22, 2017 - 12:44
Data collection and analysis have played an important role in smart cities, but should citizens’ privacy be used as a foundation? The real-time analysis of data procured over various electronic platforms has become integral to the development of infrastructure, planning and policy formulation within cities across Asia. Big data collected from social media, cellphone usage patterns and mobile... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Tuesday, August 22, 2017 - 12:42
INTERACT-Bio is about working together to mainstream biodiversity and associated nature-based solutions into the way we plan and build the cities of the Global South. This ambitious new project enables ICLEI to work directly with nine biodiverse city-regions, their national governments and other stakeholders across three countries. From Brazil to India to Tanzania, the Regional Offices of ICLEI... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Tuesday, August 22, 2017 - 12:13
Last year marked the first time that construction began on more higher-density housing in Australia than detached dwellings. While many may claim this as a success for “compact city” policies, the negative consequences of this transition disproportionately affect lower-income and disadvantaged households. This is partly because of what our apartment buildings are like to live in, as yesterday’s... Read more