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[ News ] Posted on Monday, June 24, 2019 - 14:58
Proximity has always been an essential ingredient in building great places. From Jane Jacobs to Jan Gehl, urban theorists consistently argue that bringing people and opportunities closer together allows neighborhoods to flourish. New research from the Bass Center for Transformative Placemaking at Brookings confirms that when it comes to site selection, American businesses continue to value... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Monday, June 24, 2019 - 13:49
Have you ever cycled through a lake or ridden a bike through tree tops 10 metres above the ground? For most cyclists, the answer is ‘no’, but that could be about to change. The second Bicycle Architecture Biennale in Amsterdam features forward-thinking, creative and quirky infrastructure projects aimed at encouraging people to turn to peddle-power.  “By showcasing the most dynamic, visual... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Thursday, June 20, 2019 - 10:45
'Unfortunately, conservation of forests in one country often just shifts deforestation to another'   BANGKOK - Sprawling urban areas and expanding plantations are placing greater pressure on forests and resources in Asia-Pacific, hurting rural communities and exacerbating the effects of climate change, the United Nations food agency said on Tuesday. The region has the world's lowest per capita... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Thursday, June 20, 2019 - 10:33
When countries adopted the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in 2015, the inclusion of SDG 11 highlighted the importance of urbanization to sustainable development, and committed national governments to support cities in becoming more inclusive and resilient. Four years in, it is clear that cities matter for much more than SDG 11. Mayors and local government officials are demonstrating that... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Thursday, June 20, 2019 - 10:27
Cities are what keep the global economic machine humming. Over 80% of the world’s economic output is derived from activities in cities – and more specifically, it’s estimated that 60% of GDP growth occurs in just the top 600 urban centers. Given the above, it’s fair to say that the destiny of humankind is directly linked to what happens in major cities. Further, how urbanization plays out over... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Thursday, June 20, 2019 - 10:19
A Schizophrenic Approach to Building Cities Two currents — so far, irreconcilable and mutually exclusive — are shaping our cities. On the one hand, we have vast construction projects churning profits for multinationals, local firms, and indirectly for stockholders. The media is inundated with their exciting images, and the developing world appears as a testing-ground for the more ambitious (and... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Thursday, June 20, 2019 - 10:15
The City of Kigali has been named Public Health Laureate for 2019 Wellbeing City Award, thanks to the cities’ bimonthly car-free day. The award was announced Thursday by NewCities, a global non-profit committed to shaping a better urban future, along with Novartis Foundation, Novartis US Foundation, and City of Montréal. The prestigious Wellbeing City Award is the first international initiative... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Monday, June 17, 2019 - 15:58
"What's not clear is where property rights end as far as national airspace starts. And that's been our big issue" WASHINGTON - Blacksburg was already well prepared when the U.S. government announced in April that the Virginia town would be home to the country's first commercial drone delivery service. Virginia Tech University, based in Blacksburg, has for years hosted a major drone development... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Monday, June 17, 2019 - 15:47
Internal communications shed new light on the Rockefeller Foundation’s decision to stop funding the global climate nonprofit, and hint at what might come next. In late April, at a town-hall meeting in New York City, Raj Shah, the president of the Rockefeller Foundation, addressed the staff of 100 Resilient Cities. The nonprofit, launched by the philanthropy in 2013, has helped cities around the... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Monday, June 17, 2019 - 15:12
Pollinators such as bees, hoverflies and butterflies, are responsible for the reproduction of many flowering plants and help to produce more than three quarters of the world’s crop species. Globally, the value of the services provided by pollinators is estimated at between US$235 billion and US$577 billion. It’s alarming, then, that pollinators are under threat from factors including more intense... Read more

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