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[ News ] Posted on Friday, April 6, 2018 - 10:32
Augustus Caesar, the first Roman Emperor, thought good roads so important that he retained the title of Curator Viarum or ‘Commissioner of Roads.’ For Augustus, road maintenance and a strong defense were synonymous, and one of the prime duties of government. Road inspection in that day consisted of a chariot driver accompanied by one or two Lictors, or ‘Road Inspectors,’ who visually inspected... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Thursday, April 5, 2018 - 09:16
Cybersecurity expert Cesar Cerrudo predicted ransomware attacks like the one that paralyzed Atlanta’s city government. City leaders everywhere should understand this threat, he says—and how it could have been a lot worse. For more than a week, one of America’s largest cities has been caught in a “hostage situation.” That’s how Atlanta Mayor Keisha Bottoms described the crippling cyberattack from... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Wednesday, April 4, 2018 - 11:41
The JLL City Momentum Index for 2018 identifies the world’s most dynamic cities, with a new focus on those cities best poised to maintain their competitiveness in a rapidly changing, technology-based global economy. Along with analysing 131 established and emerging business hubs for their short-term economic and real estate momentum, the index also ranks these cities by their potential for future... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Wednesday, April 4, 2018 - 11:21
The partnership builds on previous resilience initiatives in India and includes an open call for a new position in New Delhi, the Resilience Chair, who will oversee state and national level programs. NEW DELHI, INDIA – Today, 100 Resilient Cities (100RC)  – pioneered by The Rockefeller Foundation – and the National Institute of Urban Affairs (NIUA) announced a formal partnership to expand... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Wednesday, April 4, 2018 - 10:56
What are you doing about your city’s mobility problem? As traffic congestion rapidly gets worse, smart cities need to change how they think, before they change how they move. An urgent need to act There is a stark reality that traffic congestion is waste. In dollar terms, the cost to the US economy is more than US$120 billion each year. And it is on pace to reach US$2.8 trillion in 12 short... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Wednesday, April 4, 2018 - 10:28
“Integrated landscape management” requires understanding different land use impacts and balancing the often-conflicting interests of different groups. Let’s pretend you are the government of Country X in sub-Saharan Africa. You want to “end poverty in all its forms everywhere” (Sustainable Development Goal 1). But you are also mindful of needing to implement all 17 Goals, including Goal 15 “... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Tuesday, April 3, 2018 - 14:26
Hafeez Ullah Khan  -  Civilization's history is also history of urbanization (an old age process at varying pace through time) with a few cities around 400 BC supporting large rural population. Urbanization is a process whereby populations move from rural to urban area. World's urban population increased fourfold during 1950-2003 while rural population increased less than double. From Indus... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Tuesday, April 3, 2018 - 12:35
For the first time in history, there are more people living in urban than rural areas and that trend is expected to continue – with 1.4 million people added to the urban population every week1. Today, nearly 54.5% of the world’s population lives in cities2, and it’s expected to grow to 70% by 20503.   People are drawn to cities for a number of reasons – job opportunities, stronger education... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Tuesday, April 3, 2018 - 12:26
Digital technology powers the rise of sustainable buildings, and just in time Global climate change is forcing a radical rethink on energy consumption in the home-building industry. The science is clear: buildings are major contributors to climate change. Buildings account for almost a fifth of global energy-related greenhouse gas emissions, according to the Inter-governmental Panel on Climate... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Tuesday, April 3, 2018 - 12:19
How long did it take you to get to work today? Did your 20-mile commute take over an hour due to road congestion? Or did you drive 10 minutes from your house to a local railway station, take the commuter line 90 minutes into the city and walk another 5 minutes to a bus station, only to see your bus drive away as you approach? Mobility – the movement of people and goods – is a fundamental human... Read more