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[ News ] Posted on Thursday, July 3, 2014 - 08:20
A Sri Lankan newspaper may have just found a a way to sustain the struggling print business – and it’s helping to stop the spread of mosquito-borne diseases at the same time. Mawbina newspaper teamed up with Leo Burnett Sri Lanka to create mosquito-repelling newspapers for a public health campaign – and once those papers hit newsstands, sales increased by 30 percent. In fact, the mosquito-... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Thursday, July 3, 2014 - 07:48
A massive urban centre such as Lagos is probably a wrong place for talks of a co-existence between human beings and animals – especially the wild, untamed ones. But this is something that Lagos and its planners must necessarily take into consideration, least of all because the city keeps growing and pushing into the many centuries’ old swamps and wetlands that make up a large percentage of the... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Wednesday, July 2, 2014 - 09:08
We live in a world where cars can fold into themselves and may soon be levitating. However, this rapid pace of innovation in the automotive sector is not yet crossing over to cities at large. Cities are traditionally slow and resistant to change. They are complex, interconnected systems, whereas technology is best at solving discrete problems. While smart cities might be covered in sensors that... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Wednesday, July 2, 2014 - 08:34
When Russian filmmaker Andrei Tarkovsky needed images of a future city for his science-fiction film Solaris (1972), he came, of course, to Tokyo. He shot a scene overlooking a mass of highways choked with traffic and crowded by endless rows of towering apartments to give the impression of a suffocating metropolis. “What makes us shudder is (this shot),” wrote Japanese director Akira Kurasawa in... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Wednesday, July 2, 2014 - 08:25
The cities of Norwalk, Pittsburgh, Philadelphia and Columbus are the latest cities to receive grants from President Obama’s signature urban housing program, the Choice Neighborhood Initiative. Beating out some 40 other cities for the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development grants, the four winners will use a combined $119.7 million — $30 million each — to redevelop high-poverty public... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Wednesday, July 2, 2014 - 08:07
When it comes to energy, you have to invest some in order to get some. Whether drilling for oil or baking silicon for photovoltaic panels, there is an energy price for the energy we produce, researchers say. However, these considerations are often in a policy blind spot, and most energy regulations focus on economic costs more than energy outlays. But in order to make headway against climate... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Wednesday, July 2, 2014 - 07:45
In March this year, the French capital Paris was forced to take drastic action in limiting car use when pollution spiked, hitting health-threatening levels. On 14 March, PM10 particles emitted by diesel exhausts, heating systems and heavy industry were to blame for a peak of 180 microgrammes per cubic metre, more than double the safe limit of 80. The authorities acted swiftly, banning traffic... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Tuesday, July 1, 2014 - 09:10
It’s the start of the annual rainy season in the Philippines, and for the slum dwellers of Potrero, that means bracing for the unknown. While climate change may seem like an abstract concept to much of the developed world, in the riverside slums of Manila, it’s already playing out in the worsening storms that hit with ever-more frequency. Marieta Alcid is the executive director of Accord, an... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Tuesday, July 1, 2014 - 08:45
Brian Chesky, the co-founder and CEO of Airbnb, an online marketplace for people to rent out their homes in lieu of hotels or other accommodations, has a theory for how urban-living has progressed over the last several hundred years. The theory begins in pre-industrial villages, wends its way through the Machine Age, and arrives in cities where services like Airbnb are thriving. "Cities used to... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Tuesday, July 1, 2014 - 08:26
The European Commission has published its bi-annual report on the European Rail Market which highlights that, despite strong growth in the rail sector, more can still be done in several key areas. The report finds that open competition and increased public tendering deliver better services for passengers and better value for taxpayers. This is particularly crucial as Europe's railways receive €... Read more