Urban Themes

[ Opportunities ] Posted on Thursday, September 7, 2017 - 14:57
Deadline: 15 September 2017 - 12:00am Website: https://www.africancentreforcities.net/vacancy-urban-studies-postdoctoral-research-fellowship/ SCOPEThe postdoctoral fellowship is focussed on Urban Studies-Southern Urbanism. The candidate will have expertise in qualitative social research, with a firm grounding in social theory and interest in the Global South. Familiarity with (social) design,... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Thursday, September 7, 2017 - 12:42
Indian cities are going through a massive change. Decision-makers are rethinking urban design to make public infrastructure more useable and accessible. For instance, public bike share systems in Bhopal and Mysore have changed the way people commute; or the redesigning of streets in Bangalore has created a safe pedestrian network. In other cities like Mumbai, Pune, Bhubaneshwar, and Gurgaon, the... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Thursday, September 7, 2017 - 12:10
More and more of the world’s citizens are moving to cities. The United Nations says by 2050, the world’s urban populations will increase by 2.5 billion people, a phenomenon known as “urbanization”. U.S. Census figures show nearly two-thirds of the United States’ population currently lives in an urban area. And that number is expected to explode. Cities around the world are on track to face many... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Thursday, September 7, 2017 - 10:55
UNITED NATIONS — Reaching consensus is typically a long, arduous process for the international community, but on a new proposal for a fresh approach to urban issues, national governments were nearly unanimous: No thanks. The reaction came this week at U. N. Headquarters during a high-level meeting of ministers, mayors and urban experts to discuss a recent report commissioned by U. N. Secretary-... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Wednesday, September 6, 2017 - 12:24
As the world’s biggest cities continue to sprawl with many millions of new people, they’ll look to many of the technologies and tactics covered in today’s infographic from Raconteur to work smarter – and not harder – for their inhabitants. Why cities? Cities are the engines of modern society. They power the global economy, consume vast amounts of resources, house the majority of the world... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Wednesday, September 6, 2017 - 12:18
What can cities do to encourage cultural experiments and investment? And what kind of spaces do artists need for creativity to flourish? Rem Koolhaas and Ellen van Loon of OMA architecture practice are in conversation at the Manchester International festival, talking about the major contract they landed for the Manchester arts centre Factory: a hub for cultural activity and soon to be home of... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Wednesday, September 6, 2017 - 11:40
“If we only respond to the past, we will only get answers that fit the past,” says Dutch water expert Henk Ovink. Rives Taylor, a principal at the architecture firm Gensler and a 40-plus-year resident of Houston, is lucky. His home in Houston Heights, an older neighborhood northwest of downtown, was spared from Hurricane Harvey’s flooding. Part of that is due to the natural topography of the... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Wednesday, September 6, 2017 - 11:02
5 September 2017 – The United Nations deputy chief today said that the Organization is failing to deliver sufficiently in cities, and its work in and on urban areas must be reinvigorated, as the General Assembly kicked off a high-level meeting on a new UN approach to the rapidly urbanizing world. “Today, we acknowledge that the UN is not delivering sufficiently in cities. And, through our common... Read more
[ Interaction ] Posted on Tuesday, September 5, 2017 - 11:59
Jonathan Andrews spoke to Victor Splittgerber, CTO & Co-Founder, Green City Solutions, about a new form of urban street furniture that ‘eats’ pollution at the pedestrian level How does it work? Green City Solutions addresses the global problem of air pollution by combining a special, vertical installed moss culture with Internet-of-Things (IoT) technology. Called the CityTree, it combines... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Tuesday, September 5, 2017 - 11:53
Smart city development is no longer an option. Cities are sprouting at practically every nook and corner and in any given week, approximately 1.5 million people become urban dwellers. At this pace, the urban cohort will account for over two-thirds of the global population by 2050, and the usual problems of urbanization will persist, except at a larger scale. Many cities are waking up to this... Read more

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