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[ News ] Posted on Monday, March 20, 2017 - 10:58
Suicide is a major and continuing public health concern in the United States. During 1999–2015, approximately 600,000 U.S. residents died by suicide, with the highest annual rate occurring in 2015 (1). Annual county-level mortality data from the National Vital Statistics System (NVSS) and annual county-level population data from the U.S. Census Bureau were used to analyze suicide rate trends... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Thursday, March 16, 2017 - 14:35
Businesses and the wider community must embrace constant change and lifelong learning to benefit fully from intelligent and responsive digital cities  The word “smart” seemingly gets attached to almost anything nowadays, from the ubiquitous mobile phone to even condoms. The phrase “smart city” though turns 25 this year, coined back in 1992, around the time of the Rio Earth Summit. Typing it into... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Wednesday, March 15, 2017 - 17:32
Sustainable urbanization process transforms the quality of livelihoods and promotes skills development and decent employment opportunities in both urban and rural areas especially for youth and women.  The Government of Rwanda therefore has put due emphasis on the formulation of a National Urbanization Policy that reiterates the role of cities and towns in national development. According to the... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Wednesday, March 15, 2017 - 17:25
Urbanisation in India has reportedly accelerated over the last decade, with a sharp rise in the number of towns and peri-urban areas. Cities, on the other hand, are believed to have become “exclusionary,” with in-migration remaining stagnant. This study uses primary census data since 1991 to question the hypothesis of exclusionary cities and argues that the larger towns and cities have grown... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Wednesday, March 15, 2017 - 17:09
China’s urbanisation drive should focus on providing services and creating jobs instead of putting up new skyscrapers and building empty cities, according to three delegates attending this month’s parliamentary sessions in Beijing. The three local government officials told Communist Party mouthpiece People’s Daily that districts should not be created without proper businesses or industrial... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Wednesday, March 15, 2017 - 17:09
Researchers now can look across the growth trends in the world’s biggest cities over the course of a quarter century. Basic rule of urban design: If you can see it on a map, you’ve got a better chance of being able to lay out a thoughtful plan for development. That’s the impetus behind the recent upgrade to the Atlas of Urban Expansion, a project of the Lincoln Institute of Land Policy, UN-... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Wednesday, March 15, 2017 - 14:56
Nairobi, 15 March 2017—UN-Habitat recentlylaunched a new Project under its Cities and Climate Change Initiative (CCCI) on ‘pro-poor planning for climate resilience in marginalized neighbourhoods’. The Project’s first activities took place in partnering cities and communities in Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Fiji, Jamaica, and the Solomon Islands. The Project aims at strengthening capacities of... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Tuesday, March 14, 2017 - 10:53
Following the release of his book Capital Cities: varieties and patterns of development and relocation, Vadim Rossman explains the main trends and motivations behind a phenomenon as common as it is misunderstood. Currently more than 40 countries on different parts of the globe are contemplating the relocation of their seats of government. Some have unveiled plans to build new capital cities;... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Tuesday, March 14, 2017 - 10:52
The number of people living in cities isn’t getting any smaller. In 2014, 54 per cent of the world’s population resided in urban areas, a figure that is expected to grow to 66 per cent by 2050. According to the United Nations, continued urbanisation coupled with global population growth could add 2.5 billion people to urban populations by 2050, with almost 90 per cent of that figure concentrated... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Tuesday, March 14, 2017 - 10:46
Smart cities are capturing the imaginations of many, seducing planners, politicians and investors with their promise of increased digital connectivity, frictionless services and greener economies. To smart city enthusiasts, the successful metropolis of the future is a fully wired one, with automated systems driven by big data and cloud computing. Through investment in fiber-optic cables,... Read more