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[ News ] Posted on Friday, January 26, 2018 - 13:42
Cities are rapidly becoming the human species’ preferred habitat, with projections showing that over 80 percent of the developed world population will be urban dwellers by 2050. This trend makes cities the earth’s fastest growing ecosystem – a human made and metabolically inefficient ecosystem, but an ecosystem nonetheless. In light of these trends, it is clear that the creation of sustainable... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Friday, January 26, 2018 - 13:15
On December 1st 2017, reSITE invited a handful of intellectuals to Berlin for the My City / Your City salon held in partnership with Airbnb, spending a day and night with them brainstorming about public space, sharing, and inclusiveness. To close the event, we served them a cocktail of simple questions that were not always easy to answer. In the following text, artist Charlie Koolhaas, the... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Wednesday, January 24, 2018 - 16:32
Every community and municipal government around the world faces a growing set of challenges as they transform in the 21st century to improve peoples’ lives. With more and more of us living in cities, urbanization is creating significant opportunities for social and economic development and more sustainable living. But it’s also exerting significant pressure on infrastructure and resources and... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Wednesday, January 24, 2018 - 15:20
With urban populations rising rapidly in India, planners urgently need to change their approaches and use land more efficiently MUMBAI, Jan 18 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Urban planners in many cities around the world are imposing regulations that discourage the creation of affordable housing while slums expand, experts said. Nearly 55 percent of the world's population lives in urban areas, a... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Wednesday, January 24, 2018 - 15:03
Dr Faith Foreman is facing a daunting task. Houston’s diabetes prevalence rate, presently at 15.6 percent, is set to rise to 21.1 percent by 2045, which will add billions to healthcare costs, with the number of people whose lifestyles are affected rising from 469,000 to 752,000. As Assistant Director for the Houston Health Department, Foreman’s challenge is to reduce this, or bend the curve, to... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Wednesday, January 24, 2018 - 14:37
What is the value of a street where people can walk safely? Why build streets that are constructed with the needs of people in mind, not just the needs of cars?  “Again and again, when we look at streets oriented toward people we find that they are more economically productive than any other style of development.” Many people concerned with pedestrian safety and "walkability" care... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Wednesday, January 24, 2018 - 14:32
In 1988, when world leaders convened their first global conference on climate change, in Toronto, the Earth’s average temperature was a bit more than half a degree Celsius above the average of the last two decades of the 19th century, according to measurements by NASA. Global emissions of greenhouse gases amounted to the equivalent of some 30 billion tons of carbon dioxide a year — excluding... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Wednesday, January 24, 2018 - 14:10
With an imbalance today between national government funding and the growing demand to update basic public services like water, power and transportation, our major global cities are challenged more than ever to look creatively at funding solutions for infrastructure. Private sector involvement is a key strategy, and it is manifest in the use of public-private partnerships (P3) in many countries... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Wednesday, January 24, 2018 - 13:18
Surplus and Scarcity The planet is growing more food than ever, and yet millions of people continue to starve worldwide. People are hungry everywhere — in the country, in the suburbs. But increasingly, one of the front lines in the war against hunger is in cities. As urban populations grow, more people find themselves in food deserts, areas with “[l]imited access to supermarkets, supercenters... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Tuesday, January 23, 2018 - 12:40
Burning coal is patriotic, says the government THE spa town of Rabka-Zdroj, in southern Poland, has been known as a treatment centre for children since the 19th century. These days it also has terrible air. In January 2017 the level of benzo(a)pyrene, a carcinogenic compound, was found to be 28 times normal limits. If this goes on, Rabka-Zdroj could lose its spa-town status, which needs to be... Read more