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[ News ] Posted on Thursday, December 21, 2017 - 15:56
Urbanization has been one of the most significant driving forces of recent global development, with more than half the world’s population now living in cities. And this proportion will continue to rise. Add to this, the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goal 11 that calls for “inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable” cities. In this edition of the Sustainable Communities Blog, Ede... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Thursday, December 21, 2017 - 13:41
We certainly live in a metropolitan moment. Across the planet, including the United States, the urban share of the population continues to grow. With growing populations also comes more opportunities: new jobs, new schools, new health care facilities, and new sources of entertainment. Yet to keep metropolitan economies functioning while creating a platform for shared prosperity, transportation... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Thursday, December 21, 2017 - 13:00
Achieving the SDGs depends on action at local and subnational levels. Local and regional governments across the world are ready and willing to play our role. We work hard to ensure that the best services reach the greatest number of people, leaving no one behind; this is what the SDGs are all about. Local and regional governments have had our say in the definition of the global agendas; we have... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Thursday, December 21, 2017 - 12:51
When the Ping An Finance Center was finally completed this year, it reached the pinnacle of Shenzhen, China’s obsession with high-rises. Standing 1,965 feet high, the sleek 115-story office building is the second tallest in China and fourth tallest in the world. It’s also the tallest new building to come from this year’s record-setting boom in skyscraper construction. Around the world, there are... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Thursday, December 21, 2017 - 12:42
Cities play different economic roles in different areas. And for developing countries, smaller might be better.   When it comes to cities and urbanization, it is generally thought that bigger is better. But a pair of recent studies suggests that although industrialized nations may have benefited from larger cities, the same is not true for the rapidly urbanizing areas of the developing world. In... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Thursday, December 21, 2017 - 12:22
Interview with Joan Clos, Executive Director of the United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat). UN-Habitat is the United Nations programme working towards a better urban future. Its mission is to promote socially and environmentally sustainable human settlements development and the achievement of adequate shelter for all. * * * What is the relationship between cities and industry?... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Thursday, December 21, 2017 - 11:00
Nearly a decade ago, billionaire Peter Thiel cofounded a nonprofit called Seasteading Institute,and contributed seed funding toward what could become the world's first floating city. By 2020, the Institute aims to build a dozen floating islands in French Polynesia featuring homes, restaurants, offices, schools, and hotels. At first, the project's founders imagined the city as a libertarian... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Wednesday, December 20, 2017 - 16:13
Liveable Streets is a seminal 1981 work, in which the urban designer and theorist Donald Appleyard that compared the experiences of people living on three similar streets in San Francisco. The main variable between the streets was different levels of car traffic: one with 2,000 vehicles per day, one with 8,700 vehicles per day and a third with 15,750 vehicles per day. Appleyard’s key finding was... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Wednesday, December 20, 2017 - 16:01
New York is sharing empty plots of lands, Seattle has a library of tools, while people in Barcelona can turn to a time bank when they need a dog walker or help with homework. Restaurants in Melbourne have their own platform to sell surplus food while Kigali has a motorbike-hailing app that checks drivers for safety. These are just five examples of the sharing economy that feature in a new... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Tuesday, December 19, 2017 - 16:59
In business, much of what we do comes down to dollars and cents, and rightly so as we fulfill our duty to employers and shareholders. Whether we earn more or save more, financial success impacts many aspect of our professional and personal lives. However, money is not the only measure of success; there is another finite resource we all must consider: time. For manufacturing facilities, refineries... Read more