Urban Themes

[ News ] Posted on Wednesday, May 24, 2017 - 10:54
The White House proposes cuts to HUD that top 13 percent. Among the victims: the National Housing Trust Fund, a resource devoted exclusively to America’s most vulnerable households. The National Housing Trust Fund is one of the only new social safety net programs in a generation. It was launched by the bill President George W. Bush signed into law in 2008 to try to rescue Fannie Mae and Freddie... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Wednesday, May 24, 2017 - 09:48
The urban archetype of the flâneur, so central to the concept of modernity, can now experience the city in ways unimaginable one hundred years ago. Strolling around Paris, the contemporary flâneur might stop to post pictures of her discoveries on Instagram, simultaneously identifying points of interest to the rest of her social network and broadcasting her location (perhaps unknowingly). The... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Wednesday, May 24, 2017 - 09:24
Beijing– 23 July 2017. The Executive Director of UN-Habitat, Dr. Joan Clos, wrapped up a 2-day official visit to China to attend One Belt One Road Forum (BRF) in Beijing, where Chinese President Xi Jinping invited the foreign heads of the states and governments, and heads of the international organizations to gather into China for exchange ideas and insights of the One Belt One Road cooperation... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Wednesday, May 24, 2017 - 09:21
Among other things, these frameworks offer a tool to empower cities to implement global agreements. PARIS — An expanding body of research shows that cities are truly the nexus of the global agenda. But as cities have been recognized as key to a host of global aims, it has become increasingly complex to parse through priorities, processes and international mandates. In this, however, officials... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Tuesday, May 23, 2017 - 14:30
NAIROBI — From the Syrian civil war to post-earthquake Haiti, countries around the world are in need of rebuilding — a process planners believe must start with sound land-use decisions to avoid planting the seeds of future conflicts. A year after the United Nations established a joint effort to tackle the issue, national governments have authorized the creation of a voluntary fund to support... Read more
[ Event ] Posted on Monday, May 22, 2017 - 14:59
The city of Cascais (Portugal) will host the 15th IAEC Congress on November 13-16 2018. The Mayor of Cascais, Mr Carlos Carreiras, invites you to save the date and to come and participate to the Congress. It is with great pride that Cascais will be the venue of the 15th International Congress of the International Association of Educating Cities, in 2018. The City of Cascais is member of the... Read more
[ Interaction ] Posted on Monday, May 22, 2017 - 12:12
The passing last month of visionary thinker Dr. Benjamin Barber occurred during a difficult stretch for democracy, the topic that animated Barber the most during his long career. A passionate advocate for democracy, Barber devoted his life to empowering citizens for democratic self-governance. He was convinced that it offered the best possible form of government for societies and the world.... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Monday, May 22, 2017 - 11:56
Cities house a growing number of the world’s population, and current estimates show that the future of humanity looks ever more urban. The demand for water grows by the day: a 50 percent increase in urban water demands is anticipated within the next 30 years.   Hence, the need for securing an inclusive and sustainable water supply for cities is fairly obvious. Historically, a reliable source... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Monday, May 22, 2017 - 11:32
The cities with the highest homicide rates are once again nearly all in Latin America COCAINE is grown primarily in South America, and trafficked to the world’s biggest market, the United States, via Central America and the Caribbean. The land routes originate mainly in Colombia, and pass through the small nations of El Salvador, Honduras and Guatemala before traversing Mexico. It is little... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Monday, May 22, 2017 - 11:14
Kayole-Soweto, an informal settlement on the eastern periphery of Nairobi, is home to approximately 90,000 residents. And during a recent discussion I had with the Settlement Executive Committee (SEC) there, a female representative told me about her community and home: “This place has changed so much that we need a new name! Our community is improving because our houses have more value, we feel... Read more