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[ News ] Posted on Thursday, August 31, 2017 - 16:14
Paris, July 13, 2017—Irina Bokova, Director-General of UNESCO, and Sameh Wahba, Director of the Social, Urban, Rural and Resilience Global Practice of the World Bank, signed a new Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) at UNESCO Headquarters today to reinvigorate the two institutions’ joint commitment to advance sustainable development by investing in culture, urban development, and resilience in an... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Thursday, August 31, 2017 - 15:26
Stevens has its very first Living Laboratory—thanks to Elizabeth Fassman-Beck. Fassman-Beck is a professor at Stevens Institute of Technology. An associate professor in the Department of Civil, Environmental and Ocean Engineering, Fassman-Beck teaches engineering hydrology and stormwater management. She is also one of the world's leading experts on green roofs, and has co-authored a book about ... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Thursday, August 31, 2017 - 11:56
The gambling-ridden clan jetties of Malaysia’s George Town were saved from ruin by the award of Unesco world heritage status, but their new fame left locals overwhelmed by a tide of invasive tourism. Can we ever get the balance right?   Chew Jetty in Malaylsia’s George Town attracts tourists by the boatload. Historic homes are now commercial stalls branded with neon signs; one-time fishermen... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Thursday, August 31, 2017 - 10:53
Community Land Trusts keep the focus of development on the actual needs of a neighborhood. New York used to be a place where an average Joe could come to make it in the big city, but these days the average New Yorker struggles just to make rent. In the face of rampant financial deregulation, austerity-driven social disinvestment, and vast income inequality, working-class New York families are... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Thursday, August 31, 2017 - 10:27
PONTEVEDRA, Spain — It’s just a regular Wednesday morning in downtown Pontevedra, but the streets are so crowded with people that you might think a festival is going on. Everywhere you look there are pedestrians: walking their dogs, pushing baby strollers, heading to work, shopping or simply sitting and watching other people go by. Watching the scene, it is hard to believe that not long ago,... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Thursday, August 31, 2017 - 10:08
Traffic is a growing problem in cities worldwide. Some cities have taken steps to cut congestion. Among those is London, which puts a fee on most vehicles driving in a designated congestion charge zone. But others have yet to find a real solution. TomTom, a navigation and mapping company, has ranked the European cities it says have the worst traffic. The company collected data over nine... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Tuesday, August 29, 2017 - 17:59
Many of the greatest initiatives are born out of a crisis situation. Saskia’s amazing case is not different. When the financial and economic crisis of 2009 arrived, the Amsterdam area of Amstel3 hit a problem: as funds from the municipality dried up, the city’s large-scale redevelopment project got killed. “The area was just lying there–full of outdated office spaces with a lot of vacancy. It... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Tuesday, August 29, 2017 - 17:00
Most of the United States remains a suburban nation, despite recent migration of jobs and population to the urban core. Yet the suburbs are also changing in cities such as Denver, where new transit lines and placemaking efforts around walkable mixed-use neighborhoods are creating communities more similar to the urban core, said panelists speaking at a ULI Colorado event in Lakewood, Colorado.... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Tuesday, August 29, 2017 - 12:35
Leafy infrastructure saves bustling metropolises about $505 million each year, according to new research.   In a metropolis teeming with shuffling crowds, cranes and high-rises shouldn’t be the only things reaching skywards. Megacities—those urban centers crammed with more than 10 million people—would be well served to double down on their arboreal assets, according to a new paper in the... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Tuesday, August 29, 2017 - 11:45
Recent years have witnessed a review of the role of cities and urbanization in today's society. The rapid growth of urbanization in Asia and Africa, which is going hand in hand with globalization and economic growth, has been surprising because of its magnitude and its economic, social and environmental effects. Never before in the history of mankind had there been such a rapid growth of urban... Read more