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[ News ] Posted on Friday, February 2, 2018 - 15:08
What vision does HERE have for city development and how are you working to achieve that? It’s self-evident that urbanisation is one of the mega trends and continue to be so. More and more people are moving to cities. The way we move and live in cities is changing, and dramatically so, because there are so many people and there is not enough space. In this new world, we can’t use traditional tools... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Friday, February 2, 2018 - 14:38
No two cities are the same. What does your city mean to you? For Razi, an 18-year-old waiter in Kuala Lumpur, and millions of other aspirational youth in Malaysia, cities are where their dreams for joining the middle class can come true. For Liao Xianmei, a 45-year-old migrant worker in Chongqing, China, and Fatma and Peter, a Tanzanian couple who moved from their rural home to Dar es Salaam,... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Thursday, February 1, 2018 - 10:46
In 2013, Maggie Lea—owner of one of Austin’s most beloved local bars and music venues, Cheer Up Charlie’s—found out she was being evicted. When Lea and co-owner Tamara Hoover started the venue as a food truck in 2010, East 6th street was a deserted area with little nightlife to speak of. In the three years since opening, Cheer Up evolved into an LGBT-friendly outpost for East Austin’s creative... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Wednesday, January 31, 2018 - 15:50
As we approach the 9th World Urban Forum in Kuala Lumpur next week, one of the essential challenges in implementing the New Urban Agenda that governments are struggling with is the provision at scale of high quality affordable housing, a key part of the Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 11 of building sustainable cities and communities. When I worked on affordable housing in Latin America, one... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Wednesday, January 31, 2018 - 15:41
By 2050 many of the world's major cities will face surface water shortages, spurring regional conflict and competition for scarce resources More than a hundred cities—containing millions of people—will have water demands outstripping surface water supplies by 2050, according to a new analysis of climate change impacts on water. The global study cited many cities in the U.S.—including Los... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Wednesday, January 31, 2018 - 12:18
How can big data be optimised to effectively manage increasing urbanisation, congestion and complexity associated with smart cities? Cities around the world feature different cultures, cuisines and tourist attractions, but most of them face similar challenges in relation to increased urbanisation, congestion and complexity. With the United Nations estimating that more than half the world’s... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Wednesday, January 31, 2018 - 11:58
Local governments are far from broke—if they can tap their enormous market power.   There’s a huge question facing American cities, and, thanks to the recently enacted federal tax law, it just got more urgent: How are cities going to fund the future?   Cities stand to absorb a major financial hit from the new legislation. For the most part, the substantial reduction in corporate tax rates will... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Wednesday, January 31, 2018 - 11:37
Soon, one third of humanity will live in a slum. Our cities are at breaking point. Over 90% of urbanisation this century will be due to the growth of slums. By the end of this century, the top megacities will no longer be London and Tokyo; they will almost all be in Asia and Africa, and they will be far bigger than the metropolises of today. Lagos is projected to have a population of 88 million... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Wednesday, January 31, 2018 - 10:57
In October 2016, representatives from 167 countries joined together in Quito, Ecuador, to adopt the New Urban Agenda, a United Nations agreement to make cities inclusive, safe, resilient, and sustainable amid rapid urbanization. The Ninth Session of the World Urban Forum (WUF9), set for February 7-13 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, is a continuation of the efforts to implement the New Urban Agenda and... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Friday, January 26, 2018 - 14:07
The age of the autonomous vehicle will usher in sweeping changes to transportation, energy consumption, passenger safety and business efficiency. But before autonomous cars can transform modern life, cities will have to transform themselves. Smart cities will be the linchpins of the autonomous age — deploying the digital infrastructure necessary to connect cars to vital information, reduce... Read more

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