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[ News ] Posted on Monday, September 19, 2016 - 10:17
More than 25,000 delegates will meet in Quito, Ecuador, in October to set out the United Nations' New Urban Agenda for member states. The Habitat III conference will mandate the UN’s work in cities and settlements for the next 20 years. But Australia, one of the world’s most urbanised nations, is yet to play a major role in negotiations. If you haven’t heard of the Habitat conference series, you... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Monday, September 19, 2016 - 09:42
Beyond enormous environmental benefits such as mitigating climate change, the idea of developing ‘green cities’ in Rwanda can bring about sustainable economic growth and job creation, Tim Hall, a green city development consultant, has said. Hall, an architect from Light Earth Designs, was yesterday presenting Rwanda’s current urbanisation and Green Cities Development Plans, at the ongoing Global... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Friday, September 16, 2016 - 13:02
Parliament condemns the current wave of extrajudicial executions and killings in the Philippines, deteriorating security and widespread intimidation in Somalia, and growing violence against demonstrators and breaches of human rights in Zimbabwe, in three resolutions voted on Thursday. Extrajudicial executions and killings in the Philippines MEPs strongly condemn the attack on a night market in... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Friday, September 16, 2016 - 11:54
The northeastern fringes of Shenzhen — a fishing village that has been rapidly transformed into a global port city of at least 11 million people — are a patchwork of drab factories spewing smoke, and multi-lane highways packed with container trucks. The area epitomizes the severe pollution and runaway urbanization that have dogged southern Guangdong province since China’s ruling Communist Party... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Friday, September 16, 2016 - 11:13
A streetscape can make you smile or it can completely stress you out, a University of Waterloo researcher says. "There are all kinds of ways in which the geometry, the appearance of the surfaces of our surroundings, influence how we feel and how we act, how we decide about things, how we think, how we pay attention," said Colin Ellard, a neuroscientist and associate professor at the University... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Friday, September 16, 2016 - 11:05
A group of 10 people wielding smart phones stands facing a winding alleyway in Vancouver's West End. On either side of the lane, gardens overflow onto the pavement. Several cats amble across the path. After a minute of standing in silence, the group is asked to answer a series of questions on the smart phones. Once they've had enough time, they're led to another location in silence and the... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Friday, September 16, 2016 - 11:04
Research has shown city dwellers are more likely to suffer from anxiety and depression – but could individual buildings have a negative impact on wellbeing? Screaming sirens, overcrowding, traffic; life in the city isn’t always relaxing. These stressors aren’t simply inconvenient or irritating, though; research has suggested that urban living has a significant impact on mental health. One meta-... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Friday, September 16, 2016 - 10:53
Urban sprawl is bad. Not having enough housing to meet demand is also bad. It now appears that reconciling these two things may be harder than we thought. But not impossible! The majority of you, who read this site primarily for urban development meta-analysis, are already familiar with the data released yesterday by the economist Issi Romem. He finds that the U.S. cities that are doing the best... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Friday, September 16, 2016 - 10:30
VISAKHAPATNAM, SEPTEMBER 15:  As the government dreams of building 100 smart cities, it parallely needs to enhance local research capabilities, overcome trust deficit, and improve access to technology in order to prevent an increase in social inequality, experts believe. Philip Harrison, South African Research Chair in Spatial Analysis and City Planning, Wits University, Johanesburg, said, “... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Friday, September 16, 2016 - 10:25
BRICS (Brazil, Russia, India, China, and South Africa) countries occupy about 29 per cent of the land mass on the globe and contribute about 25 per cent of the GDP. Urbanisation had begun decades ago in other countries. India had a long way to go to catch up with them, said B. Anand, Joint Secretary, Union Ministry of Urban Development, on the second day of the three-day BRICS Urbanisation Forum... Read more