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[ News ] Posted on Thursday, November 26, 2015 - 09:03
Urbanisation is both an urgent challenge and a massive opportunity for Africa, with the potential to transform the daily lives off millions of people, according to Mo Ibrahim. Dr. Ibrahim was speaking at the 2015 Ibrahim Forum in Accra, Ghana, which focused on Africa's growing cities and the challenges and opportunities presented by urbanisation on the continent. According to a new report from... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Thursday, November 26, 2015 - 08:40
Norway are planning to build new cities and houses for immigrants. Norway plans build completely new houses and cities. According to the Council for Mental Health, there are clear correlations between anxiety, depression and unemployment. Being in work is important for the individual's identity and position in society, and for many, self-esteem and coping related to work. Norway wants to use 1.5... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Thursday, November 26, 2015 - 08:23
Today's cities might seem gridlocked by traffic and chocking in air pollution, but urban planning might actually be our only hope The future of the city is the future of our society. By 2050, 70 per cent of the world’s population is likely to be urban, with many living in megacities of more than 10 million people. In some countries, the pace of change is extraordinary. What took Europe 200... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Monday, November 23, 2015 - 08:53
One of the key insights of MIT historian Jennifer Light’s career came when she was a summer intern at the RAND Corporation, the think tank famed for its analysis of Cold War military systems. That might seem like an unusual place for a historian’s eureka moment — but then, it was an unusual insight. In the late 1960s, Light noticed, people at RAND had suddenly become very interested in urban... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Monday, November 23, 2015 - 08:37
Tens of millions of empty apartments in brand new cities all over China, deserted cinemas and quiet parks. It is an image that has captured the public imagination: China’s “ghost cities” have become a popular topic in international media. American author Wade Shepard spent the past few years touring these new territories for his new book Ghost Cities of China. Earlier this year, he came to a... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Tuesday, November 17, 2015 - 11:11
In the the last year, Canada has undergone a major economic shift and its impact is being felt in the country’s real estate market, with certain local markets seeing a reversal of fortunes while others continue to boom. Click to enlarge With the country’s economy contracting and the Canadian dollar hitting an 11-year low in September, the effects of Canada’s changing economic circumstances... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Tuesday, November 17, 2015 - 11:01
Over a fifth of non-agricultural workers in India commute to work on foot, followed by commutes by cycle, moped or motorcycle and bus, new data from the Census shows. Fewer than three per cent take cars or vans, and over half travel less than five kilometres. On Thursday, the office of the Registrar General of India released data on commutes for the 200 million working Indians who are neither... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Tuesday, November 17, 2015 - 10:40
A striking feature of Vietnam’s remarkable progress over the last few decades is the rapid pace of urbanization. In 1986, there were fewer than 13 million urban residents. Today there are 30 million. Cities have become strong growth poles, with urban areas growing twice as fast as the national average rate, and contributing over half of the country’s gross domestic product.   The increasing... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Wednesday, November 11, 2015 - 12:13
WRI Ross Center for Sustainable Cities in Turkey will host the 3rd Livable Cities Symposium on November 19-20,  2015 in Istanbul. The Symposium will gather national and international experts, practitioners and researchers to discuss energy and transportation policies, community engagement, and financing for sustainable cities in Turkey. As a human beings, our population growth appears... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Wednesday, November 11, 2015 - 11:58
Scandinavian countries take the leadOnce again, the Nordic countries appear to be ahead of the game when it comes to sustainable mobility. The new coalition in charge of the Norwegian capital, Oslo, has just announced that it is to ban all cars from its city centre by 2019. This measure should cut the city’s greenhouse gas emissions in half by 2020 compared to 1990 levels. To reinforce this... Read more