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[ News ] Posted on Tuesday, July 1, 2014 - 08:05
The City of Wuhan has joined Shenzhen as the latest addition to the C40 international network of cities committed to taking climate change actions locally that are having an impact globally. Wuhan is the capital of Hubei province in the People’s Republic of China, and is the most populous city in Central China. “The City of Wuhan has always committed itself to sustainable development and the... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Monday, June 30, 2014 - 09:40
Concerns abound about a looming capacity crunch for key capital and infrastructure projects in the Middle East, despite optimism about increased spending in the coming 12 months, a survey from PwC yesterday showed. PwC’s second Middle East capital project and infrastructure survey found that 75 per cent of respondents expected an increase in project spending in the coming 12 months, with the UAE... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Monday, June 30, 2014 - 08:59
Perth's urban sprawl is now recognised as one of the biggest in the world. And if the city continues to spread at the current rate, experts say the Perth metropolitan area will stretch 270km - from Myalup to Lancelin - by 2050. Property consultant and City of Perth councillor James Limnios says urban sprawl is now Perth's biggest economic and social problem. And Curtin University's... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Monday, June 30, 2014 - 08:16
We don't typically see an upside to slums—the squalid, makeshift settlements that house one-third of the urban population in developing countries. But not everyone's so glum. The economist Edward Glaeser, for instance, has argued that slums don't make people poor, but rather attract and inspire poor people seeking a better life in the city. Shirish Sankhe, a director in McKinsey's Mumbai office... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Monday, June 30, 2014 - 07:51
NORESCO’s Sustainability Services group guided a Green Build terminal expansion at SDIA (San Diego International Airport), earning it a LEED (Leadership In Energy And Environmental Design) Platinum certification from the US Green Building Council (USGBC®), which is the highest LEED certification there is. That means that relatively speaking, this is a stupendously energy-efficient structure!... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Monday, June 30, 2014 - 07:41
The Barcelona Declaration, signed by representatives from cities and international organisations gathered in the Catalan capital, underlines the importance of local authorities in terms of integration for migrants, and calls for further recognition of this role. The Forum on Migration, Mobility and Development, which was held in Barcelona, ended with all the attendees accepting the ‘Barcelona... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Friday, June 27, 2014 - 09:45
Recent up-market building construction in the City of Nairobi has made a big effort to accommodate persons with disability, the sick and the elderly. Ramps for those who may have a problem using stairs, braille buttons, vocal instructions in lifts for the visually impaired, and even special washrooms for these vulnerable groups are some of the recent attempts made at accommodating them in the... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Friday, June 27, 2014 - 09:27
Urban leaders throughout Europe have issued a united call for urban mobility to be tackled holistically, and for every city to create a Sustainable Urban Mobility Plan in line with pan-European guidelines that it wants the European Commission to draft. The Committee of the Regions (CoR), which represents regional and local representatives from all 28 Member States to the European Commission,... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Friday, June 27, 2014 - 08:54
Baltimore has long been a place that transcends its physical location. Its accents and charm set it in the South, its economy resembles that of the Rust Belt, and its disarmingly friendliness places it light-years away from its powerful sister city an hour down I-95. Perhaps this ambiguity is why it’s a less visible part of the post-industrial urban story than cities like Detroit, St. Louis and... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Friday, June 27, 2014 - 08:46
Solar energy, geothermal energy and rainwater: Europe's first CO₂-free train station in Kerpen-Horrem, Germany, is now operational. A combination of different technologies was used to ensure that the project, which is the first of a series of planned 'Green Train Stations', is climate-neutral. A photovoltaic power plant with a capacity of 31,000 kWh per year supplies electricity. Hot water is... Read more