Urban Themes

[ News ] Posted on Wednesday, October 25, 2017 - 15:40
Anne Hidalgo did not mince words when it came to Donald Trump’s climate policies.   At the opening plenary of an international gathering of city leaders, Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo singled out one nation’s leader. It was not her own. “The retreat by Donald Trump from the Paris climate accord is a catastrophe, a major error,” she told James Fallows, the Atlantic correspondent and panel moderator at... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Wednesday, October 25, 2017 - 15:38
The number of buses and goods vehicles will be allowed to continue growing but the growth cap for private cars will be cut to zero in 2018   Singapore, one of the most expensive places in the world to buy a vehicle, has announced it will freeze the number of private cars on its roads from next year but vowed to expand public transport. The growth cap for all passenger cars and motorcycles will be... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Wednesday, October 25, 2017 - 15:19
Land trust designed to control how much homes are resold for, preserving affordability for generations New York City has long struggled with how to help lower-income families buy homes as real-estate prices climb further out of reach. A coalition of housing groups was expected Tuesday to unveil plans for a new community land trust that, they say, could offer a new model for how the city addresses... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Wednesday, October 25, 2017 - 15:13
The world’s cities today are facing multiple challenges, from exposure to climate change to concerns about social segregation to deepening health crises. What’s more, these issues are profoundly interrelated. Urban planning policies that have prioritized cars over walking or bicycling simultaneously worsen air pollution, lengthen commutes and contribute to incidence of “urban diabetes”, which the... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Wednesday, October 25, 2017 - 13:52
An analysis of Hamburg, Manchester, Pittsburgh Cities are on the rise at a scale and speed unprecedented in human history. They have become the undisputed engines of national economies and the centers of global trade and investment. They sit on the front lines of disruptive forces like population migration, demographic transformation, economic restructuring, income inequality, and climate change... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Tuesday, October 24, 2017 - 14:04
Last June Volume, a leading magazine on architecture and design, published an article on the GoogleUrbanism project. Conceived at a renowned design institute in Moscow, the project charts a plausible urban future based on cities acting as important sites for “data extractivism” – the conversion of data harvested from individuals into artificial intelligence technologies, allowing companies such... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Tuesday, October 24, 2017 - 10:28
Much of the world is making great leaps in technology, security, and public health. But some cities are getting left behind. In these distressed urban areas, the unemployment rate is high, equality is low, healthcare and safety are poor, and people fear for their life on a daily basis, wondering whether the government will ever step in to help. Robert Muggah, a global security expert and... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Monday, October 23, 2017 - 12:26
Why do we want to live in the city? Where does that almost mythical attraction come from? The city beckons. But the city is also too busy, too expensive and too small. And yet, despite all the inconveniences, we want to live in the city. Why? Living in the city means waiting a year for a parking permit. Running the risk of being run over by groups of tourists on bicycles without any knowledge of... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Monday, October 23, 2017 - 12:16
New York, Oct. 23 (BNA): The UAE has called on the international community to take into consideration the concerns of young people in implementing the urbanization agenda and to enhance their effective participation in creating sustainable cities and human settlements suitable for all. In a statement delivered by the UAE youth representatives to the United Nations, Sarah Al Suwaidi and Omar... Read more
[ Interaction ] Posted on Monday, October 23, 2017 - 11:58
NAIROBI, Oct. 17 (Xinhua) -- Africa is in a crucial time and the successful story of China in linking urbanization and development would be a source of learning for the continent, Joan Clos, executive director of the United Nations Human Settlements Program (UN-Habitat), told Xinhua in an interview on Tuesday. With an average GDP per capita of around 2,000 U.S. dollars, the current economic... Read more

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