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[ News ] Posted on Friday, November 25, 2016 - 10:42
Urban transition is today increasingly a global reality: According to the UNO, two out of three people will be living in cities by 2030, compared to 30 per cent in 1950 and 54 per cent today. In certain countries, the rate of urbanisation could even reach 80 per cent! Back in 2000, there were 213 cities with more than a million inhabitants and 23 metropolises with more than 10 million... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Friday, November 25, 2016 - 10:34
“I was born in Ho Chi Minh City, but I was abandoned by my parents at age two. Police officers found me and brought me to an orphanage, where I lived for 15 years. I started with nothing, but I managed to get an education all the way through university and have found good work since then. I would not have been able to attend university if I hadn’t been born here. I am an English teacher now, and... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Friday, November 25, 2016 - 08:20
Across the world, real estate developers are often criticized for having narrow vision — claiming grand things about the livability, design, and convenience of their projects, but in reality just plotting maximum returns on their investments. There are notable exceptions, however. Among them is Jonathan Rose, a New York City-based developer with a long record of socially sensitive projects and... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Friday, November 25, 2016 - 08:20
PARIS, WASHINGTON, DC – We live in turbulent times, and popular discontent with the status quo is mounting. The reasons for popular frustration vary from country to country, but the common thread everywhere is a growing sense that the economy is rigged in favor of the few. Indeed, the gains from economic growth are increasingly going to the very highest earners. In OECD countries, people in the... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Tuesday, November 22, 2016 - 16:24
Request for Proposals for various smart city projects for implementation in the area-based development (ABD) approach will be called soon, Municipal Commissioner M. Hari Narayanan has said. The proposals would include smart schools, 24x7 water supply public toilets, cycling tracks, bus stops and footpaths, he told reporters in an interaction here on Monday. GVMC has selected an area of around... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Tuesday, November 22, 2016 - 14:31
Have you ever waited for what feels like hours for a taxi? Or spent a lot of time worrying about elderly relatives who live alone? Or budgeted for your household utilities with little more than an educated guess? These may seem like unrelated issues, but they are some of the common problems that people face daily. In Singapore, specifically, there is a drive to find solutions to these pressing... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Tuesday, November 22, 2016 - 11:59
A new book examines what actually happens when urban planning meets the claims and struggles of Indigenous people in Australian and Canadian cities. In Australia the acknowledgement of Indigenous land ownership, of custodians past and present, is now pretty much mandatory at official functions. “This is Indigenous land,” you’ll often hear a non-Indigenous speaker say, sometimes after a prominent... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Tuesday, November 22, 2016 - 10:25
Africa is open for business. Home to some of the fastest growing economies in the world, the continent’s fast growing population and rapid urbanisation present compelling opportunities for businesses. Those that ignore Africa may be doing so at their peril, as do those that adopt a “one-size fits all” approach to operating on the content. “There is no such thing as Africa. There are a whole lot... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Tuesday, November 22, 2016 - 09:57
Last week in Dhaka, the inaugural Smart City Hackathon brought together 408 participants, each coding solutions to 10 different challenges of city life faced by residents of Dhaka. As GP constantly learns, evolves and improves on its digital journey, it takes in some of its best learning opportunities from the community. The Smart City Hackathon was a platform to do just that: learn, co-create... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Tuesday, November 22, 2016 - 09:50
The Great Migration: How Cities Can Manage the New Trend Toward Urbanization -- Craig Catley, Director of StrategyBlocks, has a long history in helping organizations manage change. He unlocks what cities can practically do to build the right foundation for upgrading technology and handle the drain on resources recently experienced by the rise in urbanization. Cities all over the world are... Read more