Urban Themes

[ Partner ] Posted on Tuesday, February 14, 2017 - 11:21
[ Partner ] Posted on Tuesday, February 14, 2017 - 11:16
[ News ] Posted on Tuesday, February 14, 2017 - 10:41
For the first time in history, more than 50 percent of the world’s population now lives in towns and cities. By 2050, this number is expected to increase to 66 percent. The shift from rural to urban areas, mainly in Africa and Asia, is due to poverty and related socio-economic factors. For the most part, the rapid expansion of cities takes place without any land use planning strategy and the... Read more
[ Opportunities ] Posted on Tuesday, February 14, 2017 - 10:16
Organization: UN-Habitat - United Nations Human Settlements Programme Country: Iraq City: Erbil Grade: P-2 Closing date: Thursday, 16 February 2017 Posting Title: Associate Programme Management Officer, Human Settlements (TJO), P2 (Temporary Job Opening) Job Code Title: Associate Programme Management Officer, Human Settlements Department/ Office: United Nations Human Settlements Programme Duty... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Tuesday, February 14, 2017 - 10:11
Once the urban freeway was unmistakably part of a vision of the future, one in which personal automobiles zipped through neighborhoods without having to stop or interact with the streets above or below. But over the past two decades, many cities have found that running highways through dense areas has done more harm than good—and they’re increasingly opting to tear them down. Late last month,... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Tuesday, February 14, 2017 - 10:00
Most of us encounter public spaces in our daily lives: whether it’s physical space (a sidewalk, a bench, or a road), a visual element (a panorama, a cityscape) or a mode of transport (bus, train or bike share). But over the past two decades, digital technologies such as smart phones and the internet of things are adding extra layers of information to our public spaces, and transforming the urban... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Tuesday, February 14, 2017 - 09:51
Last year’s Habitat III process brought global focus to links between urban and rural development. In India, this has meant a new regional approach to planning aimed at bridging this gap. Over the past quarter-century, the collective wisdom on how to deal with imbalances between urban and rural areas has undergone a major evolution. This has been particularly stark in India, home to one of the... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Tuesday, February 14, 2017 - 09:39
For hundreds of millions of children and young adults who wake each day to poverty, the future can look daunting. There are few avenues to escape life in slums, where dreams often are dampened by a reality of limited access to essentials — such as education and health care — that others take for granted. Those hardships are magnified by dangerous air pollution in many developing cities, as well... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Tuesday, February 14, 2017 - 09:18
Nairobi, 13 February 2017– During a working meeting held at UN-Habitat headquarters recently, the Centre for Affordable Housing Finance in Africa (CAHF) presented the key findings of its 2016 Yearbook on Housing Finance in Africa. CAHF Executive Director Kecia Rust reiterated the need to consider housing as a public good to ensure that adequate housing is accessible to all income groups, a... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Monday, February 13, 2017 - 16:14
CAPE TOWN — Fragmented, crowded, costly. That is the woeful state of African cities, whose economies are lagging behind their rates of growth, the World Bank warned Thursday. Low capital investment and disjointed spatial forms have ensnared African cities in a “low development trap”, the multilateral lender said in a new report, “Africa’s Cities: Opening Doors to the World”. The study is based... Read more

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