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[ News ] Posted on Wednesday, July 11, 2018 - 20:17
It’s time researchers got to grips with the formidable challenge of rapidly growing urbanization.   Cape Town has avoided its Day Zero, when it was due to run out of water, but has instead ended up with scenes reminiscent of the disaster film The Day after Tomorrow. Heavy winter rains in the South African city this week caused widespread flooding. Dry for so long, the city’s storm drains have... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Wednesday, July 11, 2018 - 20:13
The rise of cities around the globe has ushered in great challenges and great opportunities for citizens and businesses. As the share of city dwellers increases in almost every region of the world, questions about health and safety in these dense environments becomes paramount. By 2050, 68 percent of the world’s population will be urban. The data points outlined below pull into focus a picture of... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Wednesday, July 11, 2018 - 20:11
Across the globe, rural populations are increasingly moving to urban centers, creating a global mass urbanization phenomenon. Big cities are growing even bigger with greater population density. Experts throughout the industries of city planning, demography and other related fields debate over the key reasons as to why this is occurring, how this growth affects cities’ infrastructure and housing... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Wednesday, July 11, 2018 - 19:55
The housing sector uses 40 per cent of the planet’s total resources and represents more than a third of global greenhouse gas emissions. Constructed primarily from locally-sourced, bio-based renewable materials, the module is efficient, multi-functional and engineered to operate independently. New York, 09 July 2018 – UN Environment and Yale University in collaboration with UN Habitat today... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Wednesday, July 11, 2018 - 19:48
A quarter of India's urban population lives in informal housing including slums MUMBAI, July 9 - Tens of thousands of low-cost homes are lying empty across India even as officials race to meet a deadline to provide housing for everyone by 2022, which analysts say highlights critical shortcomings in government policy. About 164,000 low-cost homes built under previous schemes are vacant, according... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Wednesday, July 11, 2018 - 19:46
Researchers contest widely-accepted United Nations' predictions on urban population growth SEATTLE - Widely accepted numbers on how much of the world's population lives in cities are incorrect, with major implications for development aid and the provision of public services for billions of people, researchers say. The United Nations predicts the world's urban population is expected to grow to 70... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Tuesday, July 10, 2018 - 09:18
IN her first press conference in Malaysia since assuming the role as executive director of UN-Habitat, Datuk Maimunah Mohd Sharif, had a momentary lapse. In fielding questions from the local media in Kuala Lumpur earlier this week, she used “we” when asked on certain localised issues. “I have to mindful that I am now speaking in my capacity as a UN representative,” she recalls with a chuckle. Of... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Monday, July 9, 2018 - 14:27
In June, Cities Today brought together municipal governments and mobility service providers to discuss the challenges of introducing ‘Mobility-as-a-Service’ (MaaS) to cities across Europe during the 11th 2020 Cities meeting.Pascal Smet, Brussels’ Mobility Chief and Chair of the 2020 Cities meetings, spoke about the goal of transforming the Belgian capital’s streets and buildings to create a zero-... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Monday, July 9, 2018 - 12:39
Sadiq Khan, Mayor of London, has launched a roadmap to better utilise tech and data to make London the smartest city in the world. Smarter London Together includes more than 20 initiatives designed to support the development of the next generation of smart technology and promote greater data sharing among the city’s public services. “To solve the biggest problems our great city faces, I am... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Monday, July 9, 2018 - 12:12
Combine the rapid rate of technological change with a globalized economy, and it’s evident that our cities are transforming at an unprecedented pace. But while these fast-moving currents are found in pretty much every urbanized setting, not every city is doing well to navigate them. In an increasingly digital and global economy, cities must be able to attract high-end talent, foster innovation... Read more