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[ News ] Posted on Wednesday, October 7, 2015 - 10:14
A stunning black and white image of Madrid’s central square, the Plaza Mayor, has won the School of Geography, Planning and Environmental Management’s World Habitat Day 2015 Photo Competition. Professor of Environmental Management Marc Hockings said World Habitat Day celebrated annually on the first Monday of October was an opportunity to reflect on the state of urban settlements around the... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Tuesday, October 6, 2015 - 10:34
The importance of public spaces in urban areas has been stressed on the occasion of World Habitat Day today. The importance of public spaces in urban areas has been stressed on the occasion of World Habitat Day today.  Speaking at a programme organised by the Ministry of Housing and Urban Poverty Alleviation today, the Secretary Dr. Nandita Chatterjee said that the public spaces enhance... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Monday, October 5, 2015 - 09:24
October is especially meaningful in many countries as marking a definitive change in the seasons. Now it’s supposed to be city lovers’ favourite month, as well. Last year, UN-Habitat declared the whole month “Urban October”, building on its longstanding custom of celebrating World Habitat Day on the first Monday of the month. The expanded celebration will now also be bookended by a newcomer,... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Thursday, October 1, 2015 - 23:09
As the US economy continues to improve in the wake of the so-called Great Recession, production has reached levels not seen since years before those dark days of 2007-2008.   With a jobless rate of 5.5%--a figure reflecting a 0.7% drop since August of 2014--it comes as a surprise that business owners in the United States are having a hard time finding qualified candidates to fill skilled labor... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Thursday, October 1, 2015 - 11:01
Better, more productive models of urban development are critical for rapidly growing cities in the developing world, and in Africa in particular. How African cities assimilate the 22 million people that will be added to their number every year for the next three decades will determine the continent’s prospects. Africa’s urban population is set to triple between 2010 and 2050, reaching 1.34... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Thursday, October 1, 2015 - 10:43
With govt giving a clear push to city infrastructure, it would make sense to build transport, water, sanitation and power infrastructure with optimum physical resilience.  Around 10,000 lives were lost, houses and city infrastructure got destroyed across Nepal and Northern part of India in the earthquake in April this year. This came as a reminder to Indians, especially those living in high rise... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Wednesday, September 30, 2015 - 09:11
The landmark urban focus of the new Sustainable Development Goals was largely lost during this weekend’s formal events. World leaders committed this weekend to an ambitious new agenda that will guide the next 15 years of global development priorities. The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development certifies 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and 169 targets, among them a landmark goal on... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Tuesday, September 29, 2015 - 12:10
Nigerian architect Kunlè Adeyemi is re-imagining African’s water slums as floating islands.Nearly 70% of Africa’s capital cities—like Lagos, Luanda and Kinshasa—are near water, with many urban dwellers living in bungalows, wooden structures and shacks on water. But rising sea levels, increasing rainfall and climate change threaten many of these structures, leaving water slum residents vulnerable... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Tuesday, September 29, 2015 - 08:42
The UN goals include targets for affordable housing and sustainable transport, protecting cultural and natural heritage, and reducing the environmental impact of cities. Melbourne, Bangalore, Jakarta and Rio de Janeiro have something in common: they are growing fast and need to manage the social and environmental impacts of fast-growing and sprawling populations. In some ways, Melbourne has more... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Monday, September 28, 2015 - 11:39
We gather at an exciting time for Africa and the world. Africa continues its rapid transformation. Economic growth over the last few years has been impressive, despite the global economic crisis. Africa is the most rapidly urbanising region of the world. Two-thirds of Africa`s projected total population of 2.5 billion people will require urban services by 2063. And Africa needs to be ready. I... Read more