Urban Themes

[ News ] Posted on Wednesday, January 24, 2018 - 14:37
What is the value of a street where people can walk safely? Why build streets that are constructed with the needs of people in mind, not just the needs of cars?  “Again and again, when we look at streets oriented toward people we find that they are more economically productive than any other style of development.” Many people concerned with pedestrian safety and "walkability" care... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Wednesday, January 24, 2018 - 14:32
In 1988, when world leaders convened their first global conference on climate change, in Toronto, the Earth’s average temperature was a bit more than half a degree Celsius above the average of the last two decades of the 19th century, according to measurements by NASA. Global emissions of greenhouse gases amounted to the equivalent of some 30 billion tons of carbon dioxide a year — excluding... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Wednesday, January 24, 2018 - 14:10
With an imbalance today between national government funding and the growing demand to update basic public services like water, power and transportation, our major global cities are challenged more than ever to look creatively at funding solutions for infrastructure. Private sector involvement is a key strategy, and it is manifest in the use of public-private partnerships (P3) in many countries... Read more
[ Interaction ] Posted on Wednesday, January 24, 2018 - 14:02
Bruce Katz and Jeremy Nowak talk about the model of collaborative urban leadership in their book The New Localism. In a time of national dysfunction and, frankly, gloom, our best hope for our society lies in our cities and metropolitan areas. That’s the message of the newly released book The New Localism, by Bruce Katz, the noted urbanist at the Brookings Institution, and Jeremy Nowak of Drexel... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Wednesday, January 24, 2018 - 13:18
Surplus and Scarcity The planet is growing more food than ever, and yet millions of people continue to starve worldwide. People are hungry everywhere — in the country, in the suburbs. But increasingly, one of the front lines in the war against hunger is in cities. As urban populations grow, more people find themselves in food deserts, areas with “[l]imited access to supermarkets, supercenters... Read more
[ Document ] Posted on Tuesday, January 23, 2018 - 14:07
I. WHAT IS THE AIM OF THE WORLD INEQUALITY REPORT 2018? The World Inequality Report 2018 relies on a cutting-edge methodology to measure income and wealth inequality in a systematic and transparent manner. By developing this report, the World Inequality Lab seeks to fill a democratic gap and to equip various actors of society with the necessary facts to engage in informed public debates on... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Tuesday, January 23, 2018 - 12:40
Burning coal is patriotic, says the government THE spa town of Rabka-Zdroj, in southern Poland, has been known as a treatment centre for children since the 19th century. These days it also has terrible air. In January 2017 the level of benzo(a)pyrene, a carcinogenic compound, was found to be 28 times normal limits. If this goes on, Rabka-Zdroj could lose its spa-town status, which needs to be... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Tuesday, January 23, 2018 - 12:24
As communities around the world hurtle toward urbanization, authorities have the opportunity to embrace the challenge of improving housing and its effects on the health of urban populations. Increasingly, people around the world are living in urban areas. By 2050, 66 percent of the world’s population will be urbanized. But according to the United Nations, at least a third of the global urban... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Tuesday, January 23, 2018 - 11:37
Cities will be driving globalisation and innovation in the emerging world order France recently appointed a tech ambassador to the Silicon Valley. French President Emmanuel Macron named David Martinon as “ambassador for digital affairs”, with jurisdiction over the digital issues that the foreign affairs ministry deals with. This includes digital governance, international negotiations and support... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Tuesday, January 23, 2018 - 11:17
Nairobi, 22 January 2018— Kenya’s Cabinet Secretary for Transport, Infrastructure, Housing and Urban Development Mr.James Macharia has urged the country’s urban sector stakeholders to work together towards the implementation of the New Urban Agenda (NUA). Speaking to participants at the just concluded National Urban Forum (NUF) held on 15 – 16 January 2018 to concretize Kenya’s position ahead of... Read more

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