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[ News ] Posted on Tuesday, April 24, 2018 - 15:49
Whether or not diversity is a good thing is still a topic of much debate. Though many businesses tout the benefits of diversity, American political scientist Robert Putnam holds that diversity causes people to hunker down, creating mistrust in communities. Empirical investigations into how diversity affects communities are too few and far between to provide any definitive answer to the... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Tuesday, April 24, 2018 - 15:38
On a recent holiday in Vietnam, Cambodia, and Laos, I couldn’t resist thinking about these countries’ economic potential and ongoing policy challenges. After all, in 2005, my Goldman Sachs colleagues and I had listed Vietnam as one of the Next Eleven (N-11) – all countries with the potential to become important economies during this century. Vietnam reported that its real (inflation-adjusted)... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Tuesday, April 24, 2018 - 15:21
The Challenges Imagine, if you will, a Category 3 hurricane roiling up the East Coast and making a direct hit on Southern New England – the biggest storm to hit the area since the hurricanes of 1939 and 1954. The Northeast corridor interstate transportation system, which was built after 1954, would be knocked out. The grid from Boston to New York and up to the borders of New Hampshire and Vermont... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Tuesday, April 24, 2018 - 15:09
I rescued over 140 people during my four summers as a lifeguard in San Clemente, California, from frightened children being carried out to sea in riptides to marines pounded with ten-foot waves. We now have kids growing up in cities that increasingly flood, whose drinking water is salinated, and who are getting hit with hundred-year storms every year. We don’t need to tell them that the problems... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Tuesday, April 24, 2018 - 15:04
A push to green and clean Kigali is moving ahead - though not everyone is happy KIGALI - In the rainy season, water used to pour into Dativa Nyiramajyambere's house on a cheap plot of land in the Kigali suburb of Rugenge. Outside her home, a half-metre-wide hole in the pavement gathered rubbish. But in 2009, Kigali's leaders decided to start demolishing slums in the capital's poor suburbs – those... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Monday, April 23, 2018 - 15:36
Singapore has been ranked top among 100 global cities surveyed for their advanced mobility systems in a report by management consultancy firm Arthur D Little. Released at the UITP Asia-Pacific Assembly in Taipei, the third edition of the firm’s Future of Mobility study and updated Urban Mobility Index analyses the ability of cities to adapt to growing demand, technological advancement and... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Monday, April 23, 2018 - 15:06
18 April 2018, Colombo, Sri Lanka. Population data suggests that Sri Lanka is one of the least urbanised countries on earth. Recent spatial analysis challenges this representation, suggesting rapid urban expansion in peripheral areas is not captured in population statistics. Sri Lanka’s urban expansion UN-Habitat is currently assessing the spatial dynamics of Sri Lanka’s urbanisation. The... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Friday, April 20, 2018 - 13:06
Technology can help people with disabilities get around cities - but it must provide reliable information tailored for varying needs   BARCELONA - Entrepreneur Josep Esteba became so frustrated trying to get around his native Spain in a wheelchair for more than 20 years that he embarked on a mission to map cities for disabled people all over the world. "Many years ago I travelled a lot for work,... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Friday, April 20, 2018 - 11:29
The connection-dependent models discussed in my first blockchain article published last week, enjoy what we might call an “atmosphere of bandwidth.” We might expect to see greatly different behavior on a planet where one can go from one building to another quite easily, compared to an airless rock where a person needs to put on a space suit to go outdoors – to put on an envelope of air, as... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Friday, April 13, 2018 - 13:10
Urban areas are growing and their ecosystems are becoming increasingly important in ecological research and conservation management. These ecosystems are highly dynamic and in constant evolution. New species steadily invade cities and those that already occupy these ecosystems have to learn to live together with the new species. Therefore, the success of a species in an urban area is determined... Read more