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[ News ] Posted on Wednesday, August 16, 2017 - 10:06
Top 100 Most Populous Cities Evaluated Using the Sustainable Development Goals New York – Today, the Sustainable Development Solutions Network, which co-produces the Global SDG Index, released the first-ever U.S. Cities SDG Index. The Index ranks the 100 most populous U.S. cities, using Metropolitan Statistical Areas (MSAs), based on their performance on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Tuesday, August 15, 2017 - 15:05
The world is increasingly urban, with cities projected to gain 2.5 billion more residents by 2050 – mostly in Asia and Africa. As we face escalating global crises such as climate change, chronic disease, poverty, inequity and homelessness, popular opinion often reflects the stereotypes of urban living as a major contributor. This cliché contrasts smoggy skylines, traffic-choked streets and... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Tuesday, August 15, 2017 - 14:18
But are urban planners ready to listen? Urban planning is a comparatively young discipline — much younger than architecture, for example. The history of many cities is far longer than that of urban planning. This is why European urban planning and urban design always have alluded to practices from the Middle Ages or even the Greco-Roman civilizations. Likewise, in the first half of the 20th... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Tuesday, August 15, 2017 - 11:07
3 August 2017 – An independent panel reviewing the effectiveness of the UN Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat) has proposed the programme be recast as the Organization's 'urban champion,' including through the establishment of a coordinating mechanism to complement its work and convene all UN agencies and partners on urban sustainability. The panel, appointed by Secretary-General António... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Tuesday, August 15, 2017 - 10:44
When thinking about the cities of the future, I know that they will be more connected, and I strongly believe that they must be more inclusive. We can’t have the Internet of Everything without the Inclusion of Everyone. Already today, a growing number of cities are using smart technologies to better connect people to places and to each other – and more importantly also connecting people to... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Monday, August 14, 2017 - 13:01
UN-Habitat welcomes the Report of the High Level Independent Panel to Assess and Enhance the Effectiveness of UN-Habitat, which comes in the midst of one of humankind’s greatest challenges: the boom in population and the concurrent mass migration from country to city all over the world. In that context, the report recognises that UN-Habitat’s work is much sought after by donors and governments,... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Monday, August 14, 2017 - 11:22
City governments think they understand the challenges of urban resilience relatively better than others think they do, says a new joint survey by 100 Resilient Cities (100RC) and consulting group Ernst & Young (EY). The study, How can cities build resilience thinking into their infrastructure projects?, questioned 400 people across the 100RC and EY networks in 10 regions. Some 48 percent of... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Monday, August 14, 2017 - 09:31
Why when over 50 percent of the planet lives in a city and rising, do we know so little about their emotional impacts? It is astonishing that psychology, the discipline that deals most closely with human emotions, is almost absent from urban policy. Jan Gehl noted acerbically: “It is ironic that we know more about the habitat of mountain gorillas than we do about the habitat of people”. We have... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Monday, August 7, 2017 - 16:23
Text prepared by Roberto Rocco, senior assistant professor of Spatial Planning and Strategy, department of Urbanism, Between 7 and 9 June, the department of Urbanism organised an Urban Thinker Campus (UTC) to discuss how to integrate the New Urban Agenda into higher education. But what is a UTC and what is the New Urban Agenda, and why should it be integrated into higher... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Monday, August 7, 2017 - 15:54
Tomorrow's megacities will be more crowded, but also greener. What's in them for women as they increasingly demand a space suited to their needs? Can women take the lead in designing more sustainable cities? More people are living in urban centres than ever before, showing a trend that is set to continue. But although many move to urban areas in search of jobs and prosperity, poverty remains... Read more