Urban Themes

[ News ] Posted on Monday, May 8, 2017 - 15:23
The global rush to roll out mobile apps, e-government services and other “smart” city tools is leaving behind people with disabilities. That’s the conclusion of a pair of experts in accessible technologies presenting at this week’s Smart Cities NYC conference in New York. They’ve also launched a “Smart Cities for All” toolkit to help city leaders apply a more inclusive approach to urban... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Monday, May 8, 2017 - 15:14
NAIROBI — Next week will mark the first official gathering of countries under the auspices of the United Nations to address the future of cities since last year’s Habitat III summit produced a 20-year urbanization strategy known as the New Urban Agenda. The occasion is a somewhat esoteric one: a biennial meeting of the 58-country Governing Council that oversees the United Nations’ chief urban... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Friday, May 5, 2017 - 12:00
PORTLAND, United States — The downtown Pearl District is among the hottest housing markets in this booming Pacific Northwest city. But a one-block parcel that surely could have fetched millions of dollars if sold to a real estate developer remains an oasis of calm, a wild wetland with freshly designed paths and benches. The grass after a wet winter squishes underfoot, and water trickles gently... Read more
[ Interaction ] Posted on Thursday, May 4, 2017 - 14:55
The Center for Real Estate’s Albert Saiz talks about worldwide trends affecting housing, commercial real estate, and investment in the built environment. Around the world, more and more people are moving to cities. The increase in urbanization is paralleled by revolutionary advances in digital technology, innovation in the built environment, and new modes for how real estate is transacted and... Read more
[ Interaction ] Posted on Thursday, May 4, 2017 - 12:13
From traffic flows to housing figures, researchers, advocacy groups and city leadership are collecting growing amounts of urban data to better understand the ways in which cities do and don’t work. Making hard data useful and communicating it in a way that makes sense to policymakers and their constituents, however, is a skill in itself. And that skill is a speciality of Jon Schwabish, a senior... Read more
[ Event ] Posted on Thursday, May 4, 2017 - 10:46
With nearly 140 members and 30 years of history, Metropolis is the leading association that gathers the governments of the large urban agglomerations worldwide. It serves as the hub and platform for metropolises to connect, share experiences and mobilize on a wide range of local and global issues, in addition to being the focal point of worldwide expertise on metropolitan governance. Source:... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Wednesday, May 3, 2017 - 15:02
BAMAKO, May 2, 2017─ According to the new World Bank Report, Africa’s Cities: Opening Doors to the World, Bamako’s 2 million inhabitants do not have access to the housing, services, and jobs they need. This report on urbanization in Africa recommends keeping step with the rapid growth in the population of African cities by investing in infrastructure, which is not always the case today. The... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Wednesday, May 3, 2017 - 12:34
A study conducted by Persistence Market Research has estimated that the global market for smart city technology will reach 3.48 trillion US dollars with a growth rate of over 18 percent over the next 10 years to 2026. Robust urbanization and supportive government policies are expected to promote the concept of smart cities across the globe. Growing concerns over energy wastage and reducing... Read more
[ Opportunities ] Posted on Wednesday, May 3, 2017 - 11:31
CONSULTANT VACANCY ANNOUNCEMENTIssued on: 02 May 2017 ORGANIZATIONAL LOCATION: UN-HABITAT DUTY STATION: Nairobi FUNCTIONAL TITLE: Consultant – Consultancy to support review, analysis of evaluation reports and compile a report on lessons learnt and key challenges DURATION: 2  months CLOSING DATE: 10 May 2017 BACKGROUNDThe United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat)... Read more
[ Interaction ] Posted on Wednesday, May 3, 2017 - 11:12
Six months have passed since 167 countries adopted the 20-year urbanization strategy known as the New Urban Agenda at last year’s United Nations Habitat III summit in Quito, Ecuador. That the world made it to that milestone is due in no small part to the efforts of Joan Clos, executive director of UN-Habitat, the U. N.’s lead agency on urban issues. The indefatigable former mayor of Barcelona... Read more