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[ News ] Posted on Thursday, August 7, 2014 - 09:45
The spread of the deadly Ebola virus in West Africa is a stark reminder of the need for developing cities to pay more attention to sanitation. Brian Arbogast, director at the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, highlights the divergent approaches of two West African capitals: Dakar, Senegal and Accra, Ghana. Writing on the foundation’s Impatient Optimists blog, he describes Dakar as a “world... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Wednesday, August 6, 2014 - 14:15
The Tracked Electrical Vehicle (TEV) Project is a radical new concept looking to transform the look, feel, and purpose of our roads. Designed as an open-source initiative in 2012, the TEV Project is early in its development and aims to create a network of compact, electrically powered roadways on which conventional Electric Vehicles (EVs) can drive indefinitely under computer control. These... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Wednesday, August 6, 2014 - 13:52
Urban planners from the County Government of Nairobi and Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) have produced a new Master plan called Nairobi Integrated Urban Development Master Plan (NIUPLAN). This is expected to guide the growth and development of the City for the next 15 years. It is the first major plan since the Nairobi Metropolitan Growth Strategy in 1973. Nairobi covers 695 km2... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Wednesday, August 6, 2014 - 13:46
Last Monday night began the relocation process of thousands of inhabitants living in Venezuela’s Torre de David (Tower of David), the world’s tallest slum, according to reports by Venezuelan newspaper Últimas Noticias, BBC Mundo and tweets from journalists following the coverage. The relocation initiative is being carried out by the Interior and Justice Ministry, and comes just five days after ... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Wednesday, August 6, 2014 - 13:37
As part of the Vision Zero initiative for traffic safety, the city has hosted a map system that allowed citizens to report safety issues encountered on the street. With the reporting period now over, you can still peruse the findings of the exercise. Stephen Miller wrote of the crowdsourcing exercise on July 31—the last day for citizens to report safety conditions to the Vision Zero mapping... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Wednesday, August 6, 2014 - 13:28
Focusing on street safety conditions in Miami as a case study of larger findings, a Governing magazine analysis finds that pedestrians are much more likely to be killed by cars in impoverished neighborhoods. Describing Miami’s 79th Street as an "especially dangerous thruway," Mike Maciag says the street "exemplifies a troubling reality of urban areas across the country: Pedestrian deaths are... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Wednesday, August 6, 2014 - 10:37
With the first solar thermal power plant in Latin America, Chile hopes to begin to alleviate its energy crisis, which threatens to further drive up the high cost of electricity and to hinder the growth of investment, especially in the mining industry. “We have a structural problem, which is that energy in Chile is very costly, and this not only represents a hurdle for economic growth but also... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Wednesday, August 6, 2014 - 10:25
When we look closely at systems in nature — coral reefs or rainforests, for instance — we see something we don’t often see in human systems: mutually beneficial relationships and energy flows among the various elements, such as air, water, rocks, soil, and plant and animal life. If we emulate these relationships in our cities and in our industrial infrastructure, we can vastly improve the ... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Tuesday, August 5, 2014 - 11:19
Every major city in the world has a network of public phone booths on most streets—absolutely crucial to the running of the city only a couple of decades ago, but now just taking up space in the age of smartphones. In Britain, home of the iconic red telephone booths that have been around since 1926, many booths have fallen into disrepair. British Telecom (BT) now allows the public to adopt a... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Tuesday, August 5, 2014 - 11:02
Attention, drivers: You might want to think twice before flipping the bird at that morning cycling group for slowing down your commute. In fact, you should probably thank them. A study published in the April issue of Accident Analysis & Prevention suggests that more bikes make roads safer for cyclists and motorists — a finding that could have national implications as more and more Americans... Read more