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[ News ] Posted on Tuesday, March 1, 2016 - 10:05
More than 25 families living in a slum in Chikkaballapur will soon be able to step out of their homes fearlessly after sundown, thanks to Liter of Lights. The global open source movement aims to provide ecologically sustainable and cost-free lighting for simple dwellings with thin roofs. But the Bengaluru chapter of the project has gone a step further to solve streetlight problems in slums. They... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Monday, February 29, 2016 - 16:41
In eight months, tens of thousands of international delegates, local authorities, stakeholders and urbanists are expected to descend on Ecuador’s capital for the U.N.’s major urbanization conference. Seventeenth-century churches will be transformed into public forums discussing the latest innovations in housing and urbanism. The largest-ever gathering of mayors and local leaders will give cities... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Friday, February 26, 2016 - 10:49
A few kilometres from the slum is set of bungalows casting a sharp contrast to life in Kinyago.“What do you have as your security?” a paralegal officer asked the Capital FM News crew pursuing a story on violence in slum areas.The officer who sought anonymity explains that for you to “successfully pursue your stories you need to be ‘armed’. It’s a different world.”“You need money to pay a number... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Thursday, February 25, 2016 - 09:42
STORY HIGHLIGHTS The global urban population is increasing rapidly—by 75 million people every year. Although urbanization holds great promise for raising living standards, it also carries risks such as sprawl, pollution, and environmental degradation. The 3rd annual Urbanization and Poverty Reduction Research Conference brought thought leaders from around the world to debate how to best put... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Thursday, February 25, 2016 - 09:32
The city of Abuja, under the auspices of the Government of Nigeria, is about to host a strategic event vital to the future of Africa and its citizens. The Habitat III Africa Regional Meeting of 24-26 February is a crucial spur to the current global debate on urbanization as a source of prosperity and an engine of development. Above all, this meeting is a pragmatic contribution by the African... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Thursday, February 25, 2016 - 09:04
The Urban Dialogue comes just ahead of a major meeting on how to pay for the New Urban Agenda Money doesn’t grow on trees. But it does grow in cities. As UN-Habitat Executive Director Joan Clos is fond of pointing out, “Cities are a factory that create money.” The idea that urban economies are at the centre of the world economy is well established: Cities generate more than 80 percent of the... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Thursday, February 18, 2016 - 11:51
A BIOLOGIST MIGHT study, let’s say, a particular species of rabbit, spending years in the field observing a population of them. A botanist might do the same with a specific grass or tree. But ecologists? They study life, too, but in whole systems at once. An ecologist might study the rabbit, the grass, and add in the local wolf population too. That’s because she’s less interested in the... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Thursday, February 18, 2016 - 11:22
About 377 million people from India’s total population of 1.21 billion are urban dwellers. With more than 10 million people migrating to cities and towns every year, the total urban population is expected to reach about 600 million by 2031. Furthermore, between 2015 and 2031, the pace of urbanisation is likely to increase at a compounded annual growth rate (CAGR) of 2.1 per cent, which is... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Thursday, February 18, 2016 - 11:05
Vancouver city councillors are being asked to help cultivate a renaissance in urban farming. A city report slated to go before mayor and council next week could lay the groundwork for a two-growing season attempt to legitimize urban farms in the city. "Despite Vancouver's history as a city that included food growing such as orchards, the idea of farming is now often associated with tractors and... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Thursday, February 18, 2016 - 10:51
By Kathleen Maclay, Media relations Tools to safeguard affordable housing in Bay Area cities and counties are mapped out in the latest work of UC Berkeley’s Urban Displacement Project. How many Bay Area cities have rent control laws? Which cities cover renters with tenant protections? How can inclusionary housing policies be structured? Which cities are charging developers impact fees? These... Read more