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[ News ] Posted on Thursday, May 10, 2018 - 10:32
Urban density, done well, has all kinds of benefits. On average, people who live in dense, walkable areas tend to be physically healthier, happier, and more productive. Local governments pay less in infrastructure costs to support urbanites than they to support suburbanites. Per-capita energy consumption is lower in dense areas, which is good for air pollution and climate change. Plus, dense,... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Thursday, May 10, 2018 - 09:41
Building happier cities makes for happier people. Safe, healthy, sustainable infrastructure that also is economically viable for all residents is essential in our world where more than half of the 7.4 billion people live in urban centers, with 2.4 billion more to be added over the next 35 years. The rising influence of happiness metrics in policy-making has been noticeable in the last decade.... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Wednesday, May 9, 2018 - 15:40
On the 19th of April, the Royal Town Planning Institute organised a policy roundtable on behalf of the UK Built Environment Advisory Group at the UK Houses of Parliament. It addressed the lack of planning and architectural capacity in Commonwealth countries. The event was held during the 2018 Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting – CHOGM, and was attended by representatives of UN Habitat, the... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Wednesday, May 9, 2018 - 11:45
Kenya is in the midst of land reforms that include moving decades old records online NAIROBI - Kenyan lawyers have filed a lawsuit halting a government initiative to fast-track land titles by processing them online, which they say has been launched without proper consultation. The Law Society of Kenya (LSK) sued the land ministry after it issued an order on April 8 to digitise land documents in... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Thursday, May 3, 2018 - 15:34
You walk through a park in a city on a warm day, then cross out to a narrow street lined with tall buildings. Suddenly, it feels much hotter. Many people will have experienced this, and climate scientists have a name for it: the urban heat island effect. Heavily urbanised areas within cities are between 1℃ and 3℃ hotter than other areas. They are contributing to global warming and damaging people... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Wednesday, May 2, 2018 - 16:32
UN Climate Change News 30 April 2018 - A newly released UN report details practical ways of adapting to climate change impacts such as increased flooding or intensifying storms in human settlements, from mega cities to villages. Importantly, the report provides hands-on tools that national and subnational governments can use to build climate resilience in collaboration with communities, civil... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Wednesday, May 2, 2018 - 14:42
Autonomous vehicles are coming and they have the potential to radically better our lives. But to reap the rewards of this new technology, we first have to adapt the world to its requirements. This means preparing the way for massive engineering projects that will introduce the latest generation of mobile networks into our cities. As future autonomous vehicles become safer and more efficient,... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Wednesday, May 2, 2018 - 14:40
Sometimes it takes leaving and returning home to realize what it is that truly makes us tick. Luisa Santos grew up in Miami and returned there after graduating from Amherst College. She got to work as program coordinator for an environmental service-learning program, and also got connected with the Miami Climate Alliance, a coalition of environmental organizations. “I think it was actually in... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Wednesday, May 2, 2018 - 12:45
Downtown signifies a city’s greater brand or identity. When you visit a new city, where do you go? How do you learn and get acclimated? Where is the economic, cultural and civic center? Chances are you turn to the city’s natural hub – the downtown. Downtowns have historically been the regional epicenter; they’ve evolved into vibrant city centers; and if we are thoughtful and strategic, they hold... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Wednesday, May 2, 2018 - 11:15
"Before I see change in cities I want to see change in UN-Habitat to make sure it is relevant"   LONDON - With cities facing their fastest growth ever, the head of the United Nations' agency for urban development is on a mission - to revitalise the organisation and ensure people, particularly women, are central to future planning. Maimunah Mohd Sharif, the former mayor of Penang who took up the... Read more