Urban Themes

[ News ] Posted on Tuesday, September 19, 2017 - 11:37
A scaled-back strategy for using big data to power local change. The proliferation of global data sets, enabled by satellite imagery and mobile technology, has created means to capture urban information of all kinds, including air quality, land use, transit use, flood risk and much more. This tsunami of information has prompted a second wave of “data-driven” digital products that seek to solve... Read more
[ Event ] Posted on Monday, September 18, 2017 - 16:14
Global Conference on Cities and Migration On 19 of September 2016, the Heads of States and Governments and High representatives adopted the political “New York Declaration for Refugees and Migration” which calls for states to consider committing to a unifying framework on all aspects of international migration, integrating humanitarian and development work, and based on human rights. A month... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Monday, September 18, 2017 - 15:45
With urbanization well above the global average, a young tech-savvy population and a raft of major infrastructure projects, the Gulf region is helping pioneer the smart city model. WHAT ARE SMART CITIES? There's no standard definition, but the concept of smart -- or smarter -- cities has data and ICT at its core. Back in 2009, IBM described a smarter city as one "that makes optimal use of all... Read more
[ Opportunities ] Posted on Monday, September 18, 2017 - 11:00
Posting Title: Programme Management Officer, Human Settlements - TJO, P3 (Temporary Job Opening) Job Code Title: Programme Management Officer, Human Settlements Department/ Office: United Nations Human Settlements Programme Duty Station: NAIROBI Posting Period: 13 September 2017-12 October 2017 Job Opening number: 17-HUM-UNHABITAT-85323-J-NAIROBI (E) Staffing Exercise ID: N/A United Nations Core... Read more
[ Opportunities ] Posted on Monday, September 18, 2017 - 10:51
International Consultant on Smart Sustainable City Planning Approach Location : Minsk, BELARUS Application Deadline : 29-Sep-17 (Midnight New York, USA) Additional Category : Sustainable Development and Poverty Reduction Type of Contract : Individual Contract Post Level : International Consultant Languages Required : English Starting Date : (date when the selected candidate is expected to start... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Friday, September 15, 2017 - 12:21
In August 2017, the Western Peninsula of Freetown, Sierra Leone experienced torrential rain, a series of flooding events and a large landslide. Over 500 people passed away, over 800 people have been reported missing and many more families were rendered homeless. Entire houses were swept away by the flood waters. Many individuals and organization sprang into action, helping to provide emergency... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Friday, September 15, 2017 - 12:17
From Los Angeles to Liverpool to the new London competition, 'creative cities' policies are designed to soften gentrification's hard edges, never asking 'culture for who?'   This summer, London's mayor Sadiq Khan launched the 'London Borough of Culture Competition'. Celebrating London as the 'cultural capital of the world' the 32 boroughs in London now have the chance to compete for £1m of arts... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Friday, September 15, 2017 - 12:15
HOUSTON — From Houston and Miami, to cities in South Asia, 2017 has been a year of intense weather and devastating floods. A combination of climate change and urban development has created a perfect storm for catastrophe. "We are living in a warmer world. We are living in a world where potentially, hurricanes could be more damaging,” said Bill Patzert, climatologist at NASA's Jet Propulsion... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Friday, September 15, 2017 - 12:03
As a city’s digital infrastructure improves, the distribution of digital skills and the culture of the digital economy will also improve — making it more likely that as each gets better, the city’s goals can be achieved more effectively. Cities can attract and retain higher quality workers if and when cities draw more businesses, new investments, and improved social and cultural amenities.... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Friday, September 15, 2017 - 10:26
hat are the most innovative ways to provide healthy, safe food and water to poor urban communities without harming the environment? The Solve competition, sponsored by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), aims to help marginalized communities worldwide strengthen the resilience of their systems for producing and delivering food. In developed countries such as the United States, many... Read more