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[ News ] Posted on Tuesday, November 22, 2016 - 09:06
Implementing the Habitat III strategy will be complicated, but researchers can play a key role in formulating policy centred on people rather than profit. Last month’s Habitat III conference on sustainable urbanization saw the claims of grass-roots groups and urban residents for “cities for people” come together with the visions of urban development put forward by private enterprises,... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Tuesday, November 22, 2016 - 08:55
One of the biggest announcements after Narendra Modi assumed office was the announcement of the smart cities project, which involves overhauling of urban infrastructure in 100 Indian cities. In April, Niti Aayog chairman Arvind Panagariya predicted India’s urbanization rate to increase to over 60% in the next 30 years, assuming a 7-9% rate of economic growth. These policies and statements... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Tuesday, November 22, 2016 - 08:48
magining a more stable future for this thrilling but chaotic metropolis – with its 3.5 million daily commuters – is not easy for those who live and work here. One leading Jakarta architect offers his vision for a smaller-scale future nlike other megalopolises across the world, and in sharp contrast to the trend of global urbanisation, more people are actually leaving Jakarta than arriving. The... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Monday, November 21, 2016 - 15:35
Transport is central to any economy; the sector contributes over US$5.4trn annually to the global economy, and provides essential infrastructure that drives economic growth and enables the movement of goods, services, and people. The automotive and transportation landscape is undergoing a revolution, heavily influenced by a few key trends. Urbanisation In 2010, 50% of the world’s population was... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Monday, November 21, 2016 - 12:33
For the past eight years, gridlock in Washington, DC left city and metro leaders with an inconsistent partner in the federal government, spurring what Jennifer Bradley and I have termed a “metropolitan revolution” of bottom-up innovation across the country.  But with Donald Trump and the Republicans’ electoral victory, the wheels of the federal government are about to get moving again; this time... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Monday, November 21, 2016 - 12:12
In early 2017, San Francisco’s SoMa district will be getting a new burger joint that gives a glimpse into the way machines could fill multiple jobs within single company locations across the U.S. Its star cook is an automated factory line that preps, cooks and packages burgers at a rate of 400 sandwiches per hour.   In fact, a new report by the National League of Cities highlights that within... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Monday, November 21, 2016 - 12:11
Our mission at KONE is to improve the flow of urban life. To capture the essence of urbanization, we bring you stories of people from 17 cities. Sathish Raja Kalaiyarasan gives us a glimpse into the city life in Chennai, the 36th-largest urban area in the world. “I have lived in Chennai for a little over 3 years. Being a major developing city, it attracts many people from rural areas. But... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Monday, November 21, 2016 - 11:47
In 1920, for the first time, the Census Bureau counted more people living in urbanized America than in the countryside. This hasn’t been a rural nation ever since. Yet the idea of Thomas Jefferson’s agrarian America has receded slowly despite demographic change. We still romanticize the family farm, though few of them exist anymore. We view even suburbia in pastoral terms — the “crabgrass... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Monday, November 21, 2016 - 11:18
A conference co-hosted by the IGC and the Stanford Center for International Development yielded multiple insights on the potential benefits of migration to cities for generating economic growth in developing countries. Reducing transport costs through transport subsidies and better roads allows people to work urban jobs with higher wages. Leading researchers gathered to contribute findings on... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Monday, November 21, 2016 - 11:18
When negotiators from almost 200 countries arrived in Marrakech two weeks ago for the latest annual climate change conference, COP22, it was being touted as an opportunity to showcase progress and start the important process of turning the UN’s Paris Agreement into a detailed blueprint for action. Monday went ahead as planned. Tuesday took place in the shadow of the US election, silverlined with... Read more