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[ News ] Posted on Wednesday, April 10, 2019 - 15:26
Nine essential ingredients for happier, healthier cities   What’s the recipe for happier cities? When we ask this question of friends who design and plan cities, they are unfailingly generous with their opinions. Some architects answer that it’s all about aesthetics. Some traffic engineers say it’s about level of service — that is, how efficiently they can move cars around. Landscape architects... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Wednesday, April 10, 2019 - 15:14
Overcrowded, dirty, and disorderly cities undermine residents’ health as much as their happiness. With urbanization occurring at an unprecedented rate, there is an urgent need for careful planning, collaboration, communication, and consensus. SINGAPORE – Dante’s Divine Comedy describes one level of hell (the City of Dis) as“Satan’s wretched city … full of distress and torment terrible.” He could... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Wednesday, April 10, 2019 - 14:57
By 2050, urbanization – combined with the overall growth of the world’s population – could add another 2.5 billion people to urban areas by 2050. Close to 90% of this increase will take place in Asia and Africa. While this bodes well for economic agglomerations, many cities are constrained by livability.  Pressure on land resources and urban space is immense in Asia and Africa, with high... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Wednesday, April 10, 2019 - 11:07
Final report of the MetroAirports pilot project report proposes an integrated vision to turn extended airport areas into places that foster the quality of life of metropolitan citizens How do you approach land planning in such complex and fragmented institutional landscapes like airport areas? How to build a shared vision for the long-term development among all the stakeholders involved in those... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Tuesday, April 9, 2019 - 12:50
As our cities slowly rise to prominence once again, and as droves of Americans make their way back to their urban centers, the decisions our developers and city governments about the future of our downtowns are suddenly magnified.  Proposals to create high-priced condos, sports complexes, auditoriums and even casinos clash with calls for greenspace, affordable housing, walkability, practical and... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Tuesday, April 9, 2019 - 12:21
The United Nations just unveiled a concept for a floating city that can hold around 10,000 residents. The city is built to withstand natural disasters like floods, tsunamis, and hurricanes. The design comes from architect Bjarke Ingels and floating city builder Oceanix. At a roundtable on Wednesday, the UN said floating cities could help protect people from sea-level rise while addressing the... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Tuesday, April 9, 2019 - 11:54
A network of European cities has urged climate change leaders to do more to include them in global efforts to limit rising temperatures. The call for greater inclusion in climate negotiations comes after 12 European cities agreed to cut their carbon emissions 40 percent by 2030, at the EUROCITIES Environment Forum in Genoa. “By committing to strong actions on climate change, cities are showing... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Tuesday, April 9, 2019 - 11:37
Extreme weather events, like hurricanes and droughts, cost the U.S. billions of dollars every year. The magnitude and frequency of these events is only intensifying in the face of climate change. The 2017 hurricane season was one of the most expensive in history, causing more than $200 billion in damage nationwide. As climate disruption escalates and wreaks more havoc, so too do the number and... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Tuesday, April 9, 2019 - 11:33
For the first time in history, more people are living in cities than in rural areas, and this unprecedented shift, spurred by the prospect of jobs, education and a better life, is only picking up pace. In fact, according to the UN, 60% of the world population will live in urban environments by 2030. While this is transforming our cities into vibrant hubs of innovation and development, the... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Tuesday, April 9, 2019 - 11:27
A U.N.-backed partnership will study the futuristic prospect of floating cities, looking at how platforms at sea might help bail out coastal cities at risk of flooding due to climate change. With 90 percent of the world's largest cities vulnerable to inundation as glaciers melt and seas rise on a warming planet, modular platforms anchored to the sea floor could be connected in a ring to house... Read more

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