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[ News ] Posted on Wednesday, September 9, 2015 - 10:25
A growing consumer middle-class, powered by rapid urbanisation and shifting demographic trends is driving both property demand and growth opportunities in the real estate industry across the African continent, according to Standard Bank A growing consumer middle-class, powered by rapid urbanisation and shifting demographic trends is driving both property demand and growth opportunities in the... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Tuesday, September 8, 2015 - 09:36
The revolution, it appears, will be app-based. Across Canada, the “sharing economy” has taken hold, upending established business models and driving regulators to distraction. No one is riding the wave so brazenly as Uber, the app-based ride-sharing service. Its entrance into markets around the country – mostly recently eyeing Calgary for expansion – has undermined the monopolies on which... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Saturday, September 5, 2015 - 20:20
IT WAS a slim volume, just 108 pages, and its title was hardly one to quicken pulses. Nevertheless Desborde Popular y Crisis del Estado (“Popular Overspill and Crisis of the State”) quickly became a bestseller in Peru after its publication in 1984. That was because the author, José Matos Mar, an anthropologist who died this month aged 93, had put his finger on a far-reaching social revolution... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Tuesday, September 1, 2015 - 12:38
The Colombian city of Medellin, which will host next week's Cities for Life forum, is an example of how a metropolis can emerge from the darkness of a violent past into a bright new future by means of urban planning, innovation and social inclusion. The capital of the northwestern Colombian province of Antioquia was stigmatized in the past for the drug-trafficking violence that branded it one of... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Saturday, August 22, 2015 - 01:25
Mexico City: It’s a place famous for its pre-Colombian civilizations, its cuisine and culture, and as the megacity once ranked as the #1 most polluted city in the world. Today the city is a rising leader in sustainability and urban innovation, with aggressive work to decrease pollution, promote public health and wellness, and the highest concentration of LEED buildings in Mexico. Of course, the... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Saturday, August 22, 2015 - 01:22
  Wondering whether your house gets enough sunlight to make solar panels worth it? Well, if you live in Boston, San Francisco or Fresno, you’re in luck. Google is launching an online tool for those three cities called Sunroof that will tell users how much sun hits each building, by entering a street address. If successful, the program could expand across the U.S. — at a time when many cities and... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Saturday, August 22, 2015 - 01:16
Hawaii,  known for its beaches and lavish resorts, has become a hotspot for local food and agriculture in recent years. Hawaii was No. 8 on the 2015 Locavore Index, a list that ranks every state in its commitment to local foods. The list is compiled by Vermont-based local food advocacy organizationStrolling of the Heifers. “The purpose of the index is to stimulate efforts across the country to... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Wednesday, July 8, 2015 - 15:32
Cities have been turning to LED street lights to save energy costs for a few years. Now, they’re also using the technology to enhance emergency communication, Jeffrey Spivak reports for Urban Land.  In downtown Chattanooga, Tennessee, a public park turned dangerous each night as rival gangs moved in. The park’s safety improved dramatically after the city added lights that police could remotely... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Monday, July 6, 2015 - 13:31
Dubai’s skyline boasts the world’s tallest skyscraper. Soon, it will also have the world’s first 3D-printed office building, Andrew Torchia reports for Reuters. The one-story office is to be constructed over a few weeks by a two-story tall 3D printer. Even the furniture and other interior features would be manufactured with the printer. The project is a collaboration between Dubai and Winsun, a... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Thursday, July 2, 2015 - 07:55
The widespread use of digital technology – including satellite imagery, body cameras and smart phones – is fast becoming a new tool in monitoring and capturing human rights violations worldwide. Singling out the role of Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs), the U.N. Special Rapporteur on Summary Executions Christof Heyns says: “We have all seen how the actions of police officers and... Read more