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[ News ] Posted on Wednesday, July 18, 2018 - 16:10
Half of the world's people already live in urban areas, and in the coming two decades the urban population is expected to grow to 6 billion. If properly managed, this urbanization trend (has been and) will be an opportunity, since urban areas have long been engines of economic growth and center of transformation. Cities are also known to be incubators of innovation that stimulate economic and... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Tuesday, July 17, 2018 - 11:55
Projected rates of urbanization, alongside increasing levels of urban poverty and inequality, are forcing more and more cities to invest in anti-poverty measures such as affordable housing and childcare. There is no doubt that these help individuals. However, more often than not, such programmes are inadequately equipped to predict the full spectrum of human behaviour. Ultimately, they are... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Tuesday, July 17, 2018 - 10:10
From food-delivery startups to mapping and co-living companies, technology focused on urban systems is drawing billions of dollars in venture capital. The terms high-tech and venture capital conjure images of industries such as artificial intelligence and cryptocurrency. But the fact of the matter is that cities and urbanism represent the biggest new tech sector of all, what I like to call “... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Tuesday, July 17, 2018 - 09:44
Flooding, on the rise due to climate change, can devastate urban areas and result in drawn-out, costly repairs. Cities are in dire need of new strategies to manage the influx of stormwater. An interdisciplinary team of engineers and urban planners at MIT has now developed a solution: multifunctional urban stormwater wetlands and ponds that seamlessly integrate the control and cleaning of... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Tuesday, July 17, 2018 - 09:29
Thanks to the Australian-American Fulbright Commission and UN-Habitat's World Urban Campaign, fundamental relationships at the heart of urban public health and livability are under scrutiny in tropical Australia. In The City in History, Lewis Mumford once properly characterized the essence of cities as a dynamic that unfolds between two poles of human life: "movement and settlement." Between... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Tuesday, July 17, 2018 - 09:22
Last Sunday, 15 July, UCLG and its Committee on Social Inclusion, Participatory Democracy and Human Rights co-organized a special session on the Right to Housing as a preview of the Local and Regional Governments’ Forum held in parallel to the High Level Political Forum (New York, 15-18 July), in partnership with the UN Special Rapporteur on Adequate Housing and the Office of the High... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Monday, July 16, 2018 - 12:09
Six out of 10 urban households in Kenya are in slums and 2 million affordable city homes are needed to meet demand KAMPALA - Granting small loans to help low earners in Africa's rapidly growing cities build their own homes could help solve a looming housing crisis, experts said on Thursday. About 40 percent of Africa's one billion people already live in towns and cities and the World Bank... Read more
[ 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