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[ News ] Posted on Tuesday, April 3, 2018 - 14:26
Hafeez Ullah Khan  -  Civilization's history is also history of urbanization (an old age process at varying pace through time) with a few cities around 400 BC supporting large rural population. Urbanization is a process whereby populations move from rural to urban area. World's urban population increased fourfold during 1950-2003 while rural population increased less than double. From Indus... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Tuesday, April 3, 2018 - 12:35
For the first time in history, there are more people living in urban than rural areas and that trend is expected to continue – with 1.4 million people added to the urban population every week1. Today, nearly 54.5% of the world’s population lives in cities2, and it’s expected to grow to 70% by 20503.   People are drawn to cities for a number of reasons – job opportunities, stronger education... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Tuesday, April 3, 2018 - 12:26
Digital technology powers the rise of sustainable buildings, and just in time Global climate change is forcing a radical rethink on energy consumption in the home-building industry. The science is clear: buildings are major contributors to climate change. Buildings account for almost a fifth of global energy-related greenhouse gas emissions, according to the Inter-governmental Panel on Climate... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Tuesday, April 3, 2018 - 12:19
How long did it take you to get to work today? Did your 20-mile commute take over an hour due to road congestion? Or did you drive 10 minutes from your house to a local railway station, take the commuter line 90 minutes into the city and walk another 5 minutes to a bus station, only to see your bus drive away as you approach? Mobility – the movement of people and goods – is a fundamental human... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Tuesday, April 3, 2018 - 11:59
Nairobi, 29 March 2018—UN-Habitat Executive Director, Maimunah Mohd Sharif, has pledged to strengthen the agency to make it more responsive to the needs of countries to address the challenges of rapid urbanization and harness the benefits of good urbanization. At her maiden press conference held in Nairobi on Thursday, Ms. Sharif highlighted that she would be guided by the principles of the New... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Thursday, March 29, 2018 - 11:02
What is a smart city? The answer depends on who you ask. Solutions providers will tell you it’s smart parking, smart lighting or anything to do with technology. City officials may say it’s about conducting city business online, such as searching records or applying for permits. City residents may tell you it’s the ease of getting around, or about crime reduction. Everyone is right. A smart city,... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Thursday, March 29, 2018 - 10:58
For women, the phenomena of urbanization and the growth of city slums have unique causes and unique consequences. The reasons why women move into informal settlements and the specific challenges they face once they arrive have been largely unaddressed by academic scholars, policymakers, and others.  Data on women and urbanization is limited [8]. The primary “drivers” for women’s migration to the... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Thursday, March 29, 2018 - 10:56
Many cities in the U.S. and around the world have started the process of transformation from analog to smart and sustainable. The process tends to start with the implementation of a series of independent infrastructure systems connected to a digitally linked network. Yet, the transformation process for cities is still in its early stages. Many cities and communities have taken different... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Thursday, March 29, 2018 - 10:54
Officials in Ann Arbor, Michigan, have approved plans to move forward with a detailed list of pedestrian safety measures, including establishing Vision Zero funding. The speed-reduction subcommittee of the city’s Transportation Commission released a set of recommendations last week, MLive reports. The Commission unanimously voted to accept the recommendations, so they’ll be moving to City Council... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Thursday, March 29, 2018 - 10:46
There's a global movement to encourage cities to grow more trees and plan more parks. On Wednesday, this year's International Day of Forests encourages urban areas to invest in green spaces. To get a clearer picture of which cities have the most tree coverage today, MIT's Senseable Lab partnered with the World Economic Forum (WEF) to create Treepedia, a site with interactive maps that show the... Read more