Urban Themes

[ News ] Posted on Friday, August 25, 2017 - 14:06
Chengdu, 25 August 2017 – Dr. Joan Clos, Executive Director of UN-Habitat, and Mr. Xia Yiping, Co-Founder & Chief Technical Officer, Mobike, a leading smart bike share company in China, signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between UN-Habitat and Mobike to promote bike sharing as an effective, smart and sustainable mobility solution for cities. The signing ceremony took place during Dr... Read more
[ Document ] Posted on Friday, August 25, 2017 - 13:44
After two destructive civil conflicts between 1989 and 2003, Liberia’s proactive efforts to revive its economy and development are reflected by the improvements and reconstruction taking place in its cities. However, the disproportionate rate of urbanisation and urban primacy has generated significant challenges which could impede national development. If Liberia is to achieve inclusive economic... Read more
[ Event ] Posted on Friday, August 25, 2017 - 13:38
WHEN: 11th June 2018 – 29th June 2018 all-day CONTACT: Desislava Yordanova,  +31 (0) 104089865 Cities are increasingly expected to undertake concrete actions to adapt to sea level rise, floods, droughts and other natural disasters exacerbated by climate change and climate variability. At the same time, the planning and implementation of low carbon development strategies should support also... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Friday, August 25, 2017 - 13:33
In discussions of human survival beyond this century, urban expansion may not seem a significant threat. But even as China sets the pace for rapid urbanization, a painting from the Renaissance era urges caution. The Tower of Babel, by 16th-century Flemish artist Pieter Bruegel the Elder, is a monumental painting. Its depiction of an enormous tower mid-construction might have been a celebration... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Friday, August 25, 2017 - 13:07
In this guest blog, Sabrina McNew, discusses her research published today in BMC Evolutionary Biology, which examines the effects of urbanization on epigenetic variation between Darwin’s finch populations Humans have altered natural environments in profound and permanent ways. Indeed, various forms of human disturbance, including habitat destruction, an influx of trash, noise pollution, or... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Friday, August 25, 2017 - 12:57
WHEN PRESIDENT DONALD J. TRUMP announced he was withdrawing the United States from the Paris climate accord, he framed it as a stark choice: "I was elected to represent the citizens of Pittsburgh, not Paris," he declared. The mayors of those cities don't see it that way. In a joint op-ed in the New York Times, Paris mayor Anne Hidalgo and Pittsburgh mayor Bill Peduto declared their unity in the... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Friday, August 25, 2017 - 11:15
BRT and light rail plans for Kenya’s capital will most likely leave the privately owned and much maligned matatus and boda-bodas behind. Their operators, however, won’t likely go away without a fight. Earlier this year, Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta inaugurated a new railway line connecting Nairobi to Mombasa, the single most traveled route in the country. Expected to carry several thousand... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Thursday, August 24, 2017 - 16:25
India’s burgeoning cities are famous the world over for their startling vibrancy – and, sometimes, their startling problems. A new national policy, enshrining more transit-friendly development principles, aims to steer urban planning in the world’s largest democracy towards more compact and pedestrian-friendly neighborhoods and streets. The World Bank projects that India will lead the global... Read more
[ Event ] Posted on Thursday, August 24, 2017 - 15:03
The City & You: Find Your Best Place Presented by: Prof. Richard FloridaUniversity ProfessorDirector of Cities at the Martin Prosperity Institute, Rotman School of ManagementUniversity of Toronto A free five-week MOOC (massive open online course) Starting September 25, 2017 Exclusive benefits just for U of T Alumni Three of the biggest decisions we make in life are our career, choice of... Read more
[ Document ] Posted on Thursday, August 24, 2017 - 14:54
The urban population of middle-income countries will swell in the coming decades—from 2.6 billion today to 4.3 billion by 2050. Over the same timeframe, the urban share of middle-income country residents will rise from just over 50 percent to nearly two-thirds. The urban population of South Africa is expected to grow by 14 million; Brazil by 35 million; Nigeria by more than 200 million; China by... Read more