Urban Themes

[ Event ] Posted on Wednesday, July 11, 2018 - 18:57
The ‘ International Conference on World Class Sustainable Cities’ (WCSC) is in its 10th year since conception that has so far provided a constructive platform to enlighten, educate and charge the mindsets of city stakeholders, industry players, government agencies and the general public on what makes great livable and sustainable cities. This conference is organized by a tripartite collaboration... Read more
[ Document ] Posted on Tuesday, July 10, 2018 - 09:31
The Sustainable Development Goals(SDGs) are a universal call to action to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure that all people enjoy peace and prosperity. Goal11, one of the 17 SDGs, is about all of these dimensions, with a specific focus on urban areas and settings. This synthesis report is the first publication showing the progress, challenges and opportunities of global monitoring of... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Tuesday, July 10, 2018 - 09:18
IN her first press conference in Malaysia since assuming the role as executive director of UN-Habitat, Datuk Maimunah Mohd Sharif, had a momentary lapse. In fielding questions from the local media in Kuala Lumpur earlier this week, she used “we” when asked on certain localised issues. “I have to mindful that I am now speaking in my capacity as a UN representative,” she recalls with a chuckle. Of... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Monday, July 9, 2018 - 14:27
In June, Cities Today brought together municipal governments and mobility service providers to discuss the challenges of introducing ‘Mobility-as-a-Service’ (MaaS) to cities across Europe during the 11th 2020 Cities meeting.Pascal Smet, Brussels’ Mobility Chief and Chair of the 2020 Cities meetings, spoke about the goal of transforming the Belgian capital’s streets and buildings to create a zero-... Read more
[ Interaction ] Posted on Monday, July 9, 2018 - 12:49
Jonathan Andrews met with Maria Vassilakou, Vice-Mayor and Vice-Governor Executive City Councillor for Urban Planning, Traffic and Transport, City of Vienna. She reveals the mobility challenges of the fastest growing German-speaking city and why better urban design is the solution You mentioned at the Urban Future conference (held in Vienna at the end of February) that a few years ago you reduced... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Monday, July 9, 2018 - 12:39
Sadiq Khan, Mayor of London, has launched a roadmap to better utilise tech and data to make London the smartest city in the world. Smarter London Together includes more than 20 initiatives designed to support the development of the next generation of smart technology and promote greater data sharing among the city’s public services. “To solve the biggest problems our great city faces, I am... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Monday, July 9, 2018 - 12:23
Kenya’s capital, Nairobi, is the second most congested city in the world. To reduce congestion, Nairobi County has proposed car-free Wednesdays and Saturdays in two of the busiest parts of the city. With private cars off the road, the plan is to include more buses, a light railwayand a rapid bus transit system. Though no specific date has been set for the car-free initiative, major roads... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Monday, July 9, 2018 - 12:12
Combine the rapid rate of technological change with a globalized economy, and it’s evident that our cities are transforming at an unprecedented pace. But while these fast-moving currents are found in pretty much every urbanized setting, not every city is doing well to navigate them. In an increasingly digital and global economy, cities must be able to attract high-end talent, foster innovation... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Monday, July 9, 2018 - 12:01
The final day of Mobilize Dar es Salaam, June 28th, 2018, began with the plenary, “Advancing Inclusive City Design from Fringe to Mainstream.” On the premise that an equitable city takes into account the needs of everyone— including women, children, elderly people, and people with disabilities—in transport planning, the session explored ideas and dilemmas of designing inclusive transit systems.... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Monday, July 9, 2018 - 11:52
Cities committed to 100 percent Renewable Energy Hundreds of U.S. cities have committed to 100 percent renewable energy (RE). Cities already achieving 100 percent include Burlington, Vermont, Aspen, Colorado, Greensburg, Kansas, and Rock Port, Missouri. In these cities, energy efficiency makes the transition to renewables much easier. In every city, it is a different mix of solar, wind,... Read more

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