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[ News ] Posted on Tuesday, September 4, 2018 - 10:09
When Yuriko Koike was elected governor of Tokyo, in 2016, her victory marked the dawn of a new age in Japan. The country’s first female defense minister had become the capital’s first female governor, and in a landslide, no less. But breaking through Tokyo’s “steel ceiling” wasn’t just a triumph for Koike or the women of a nation notorious for its gender gap—it was a win for the city’s reputation... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Thursday, August 30, 2018 - 15:21
Accra, 28 August 2018 – Over 100 participants drawn from nearly 20 African countries and other partners recently gathered in the Ghanaian capital Accra to mull ways of curbing the runaway road accidents- as well as the attendant mortality- and to improve urban mobility on the continent. The meeting was held against the milieu that every year, road crashes are estimated to claim over 300,000 lives... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Thursday, August 30, 2018 - 14:47
Children’s centres in every neighbourhood are vital, writesSebastian Kraemer. And planners must by people who truly represent the communities they serve, writes Victoria Hills What would cities look like if they were designed by infants? As Christine Murray says (What would cities look like if they were designed by mothers?, 27 August), they would have the slopes and lifts so necessary for... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Thursday, August 30, 2018 - 11:26
Despite traditional cities growing at rates unlike anything they have seen since the middle of the 20th Century—urban rents are surprisingly under control nationwide, according to a recent Apartment List survey of rental rates in the 25 biggest cities. The findings of the survey put media reports of out-of-control rents into perspective. In major cities, rent increases are now well under the rate... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Monday, August 27, 2018 - 16:38
As lifestyles in the UK have become more stressful and pressurised, people have started to look at alternative ways to live. Some are now seeking out more of a community feel to their home lives, exploring the option of joining an “intentional community”. Intentional communities come in many different shapes and sizes. They are, simply put, groups of people who choose to share their lives and... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Monday, August 27, 2018 - 16:21
Explosive population growth along with economic competition, rapidly advancing technologies and environmental concerns are challenging cities across the country to become more efficient, adapt to new expectations and be better stewards of the planet. The electric utilities serving those communities are confronted with a changing marketplace they must adapt to while driving solutions at the same... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Monday, August 27, 2018 - 16:18
Cities across the world have pledged to take action on climate change, including planning for more sustainable forms of transportation. But many cities, as we've previously noted, lack the data and information necessary to track and monitor their progress. This data provides valuable examples of transportation patterns and needs, allowing cities to plan mitigation actions that decrease their... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Monday, August 27, 2018 - 16:07
Houses, offices and other buildings account for more than half of all planet-warming gasses emitted by urban areas LONDON - Leaders of some of the world's biggest cities vowed on Thursday to make all buildings carbon neutral by 2050, ensuring they make no contribution to climate change. From London to Tokyo, 19 mayors said they would put in place regulations requiring all new buildings to be... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Monday, August 27, 2018 - 16:03
An exhibit promotes a discordant, unsustainable model for growth in the developing world—but we have an opportunity to do better. A constant debate within the CNU revolves around the height of buildings. Léon Krier has emphatically stated that buildings in villages, towns, or cities should not be higher than four stories. He notes that low-rise structures are sustainable as they can function... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Monday, August 27, 2018 - 15:36
Research shows that play is important. So why are city streets so sterile? Back in the day, city streets were places where people got together, hung out and played. But over the last century, they've become places to travel through, not enjoy. This is a bit sad for everyone, particularly for children. "We know play makes kids healthier and happier. We also know that play is critical to building... Read more