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[ News ] Posted on Tuesday, August 19, 2014 - 10:15
Forget the white-sand beaches and astonishing biodiversity. The Caribbean’s real treasure might be buried deep, deep underground, in the form of steam and piping-hot water — in other words, geothermal energy. In recent years, the Antilles, lesser and greater, has emerged as a hub for geothermal energy exploration. Nevis and St. Vincent are soon to host private geothermal investment projects. The... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Tuesday, August 19, 2014 - 09:55
By Beverley Mitchell New York-based architects Stereotank have an established practice designing interactive installations and oversized musical instruments and have often used recycled rainwater tanks in their work. Now, in collaboration with Japanese designer Takahiro Fukuda, they have extended their experimentation with tanks with Taku Tanku — “a traveling little house” made from two 3,000... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Tuesday, August 19, 2014 - 09:46
By Olamide Udoma I have just been introduced to a sensory exploration of Lagos that uses various perspectives to explore the multi faceted city. This interactive documentary is based on the Lagos research project by Rem Koolhaas and The Harvard Project. In 2001, architect Rem Koolhaas and filmmaker Bregtje van der Haak went to Lagos to document one of the fastest growing cities in Africa. Based... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Tuesday, August 19, 2014 - 09:30
A Reuters article reported this astonishing statistic: 23 million rides have been taken in US bikeshare systems since 2007 with no reported fatalities. The author first looked at New York City’s Citibike program, and found no deaths in more than 10 million rides. The accident rate is equally impressive — less than 10 per million rides, with or without injuries. The author then investigated... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Monday, August 18, 2014 - 23:51
A new tram line, the first of a future tram network, was inaugurated on 14 July in Sicily's largest city, with the aim of cutting traffic congestion and reducing emissions from transport. Palermo's new Line 1 tram runs for four kilometres from the city centre to Roccella, a coastal suburb in the east of the city. It will form the basis of a new tram network with three lines and over 15 km long.... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Monday, August 18, 2014 - 10:00
Countries around the world need to devolve power to cities and be more open to foreigners if they are to benefit from new patterns of urbanization, says Razeen Sally, associate professor at the National University of Singapore in this World Economic Forum video Here are some more quotes from the clip, “The hundred biggest cities in the world account for about 40% of world output. We see ever... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Monday, August 18, 2014 - 09:39
The deadly ebola virus has already claimed over 1,000 lives and infected about 2,000 people in the West African countries of Guinea, Sierra Leone, Liberia and Nigeria. The outbreak is a reminder of SARS in 2002-03, which claimed nearly 800 lives, and H1N1 (also called swine flu) which killed a colossal 18,000, but across 170 countries. While these three viruses have emanated from infected... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Sunday, August 17, 2014 - 23:14
Last week, the UN reported that more than half of humanity now lives in cities; by 2050 two-thirds of people will, up from just 30% in 1950. Given the grave challenges facing the world's booming urban areas—including global warming, economic dislocation, and crumbling basic infrastructure, among other torments—tomorrow's mayors will need to take bold steps to ensure their constituents live in... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Friday, August 15, 2014 - 10:27
With the addition of Aguas da Prata, Brazil, two thousand cities worldwide are now enrolled in a United Nations global campaign engaging as many local governments as possible to take on the challenge of integrating disaster risk management into their development processes. The global campaign, Making Cities Resilient: My City is Getting Ready!, launched in 2010 for a period of five years until... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Friday, August 15, 2014 - 10:20
To fight its stubborn pollution problem, China is asking its citizens to walk or bike instead of driving, to use less air conditioning, and limit the use of outdoor barbecues—and to turn in neighbors who waste electricity or pollute the environment. According to China’s environmental-protection law, amended in April, clearing up the country’s smoggy skies is now the obligation of all Chinese... Read more