Urban Themes

[ News ] Posted on Thursday, May 17, 2018 - 11:42
By the year 2050, more than two-thirds of the world’s population will live in cities. Cities are primary drivers of economic, cultural and political advancements and, as such, require vast quantities of the world’s resources – today, cities generate more than 70 percent of global greenhouse gas emissions. If humanity is going to avoid catastrophic climate change and build a prosperous low-carbon... Read more
[ Document ] Posted on Thursday, May 17, 2018 - 10:27
Youth as Agents of Peace: Somalia is the first joint country study conducted by the United Nations and the World Bank aimed at translating into practice the principles of the UNSC Resolution 2250, through direct and local engagement with young people and their communities in one of the most fragile and conflict-ridden areas on the African continent. Focusing on young people is particularly... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Wednesday, May 16, 2018 - 15:58
A strong economy without more urban housing means miserable commutes for millions of people. About one in 18 commuters (roughly 2 million people) are so-called “super commuters,” people who travel an average of about two hours per day. That compares to an average of 26 minutes nationwide. Apartment List analyzed 2005 and 2016 U.S. Census data to find cities with the highest share of long distance... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Tuesday, May 15, 2018 - 13:07
Mikael Colville-Andersen rides his bike everywhere in Copenhagen, but he would never introduce himself as a cyclist. “I’m just one of the 400,000 people riding a bike in this city because it makes our daily lives more effective,” he tells Fast Company. The founder of Copenhagenize, a design studio that specializes in bike infrastructure, as well as several blogs about urban cycling, Colville-... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Monday, May 14, 2018 - 16:11
Roadways clogged by commercial vehicles and intense competition for affordable housing are imposing costs on prosperous cities and their most vulnerable residents. Cities are the hubs of the emerging digital economy, attracting knowledge workers with higher pay and alluring lifestyles. One consequence of this concentrated prosperity is rising rents and a scramble for housing that places... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Monday, May 14, 2018 - 15:24
Dispelling fears that Brexit would have somewhat dampened its appeal, London has been ranked by global higher education analysts QS (Quacquarelli Symonds) as the world's best city for university students. Released today, the fifth edition of the QS Best Student Cities Ranking sees London rise from third to first, with Tokyo and Melbourne not far behind, as first reported by Business Insider... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Monday, May 14, 2018 - 15:08
How urban innovators and social entrepreneurs define and measure progress has profound implications for how those committed to improving their communities – businesses, governments, nonprofits, and residents – allocate resources.  Urban innovators and social entrepreneurs are the changemakers of tomorrow – they hold the key to how cities will overcome the most pressing social and economic... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Monday, May 14, 2018 - 14:41
Latin American women live in cities differently than men but their needs are often overlooked by male-run urban governments BOGOTA - Latin American women live in cities differently than men in the ways they use services and transportation, but their needs are often overlooked by male-run urban governments, experts say. Decisions on how money is spent and cities are planned are largely made by men... Read more
[ Opportunities ] Posted on Monday, May 14, 2018 - 09:28
Phnom Penh Special Economic Zone-PPSEZ, UNDP and Build Together International-BTI have launched a affordable housing design competition (CLOSING DATE AUGUST 1st) to design a development incorporating at least 3,000 housing units and facilities to support access to quality sustainable housing solutions for factory workers in Phnom Penh. Details available through   http://www.kh.undp.org/content/... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Thursday, May 10, 2018 - 11:05
A city is a living organism, and we should tend to it as such. A city dies when it is treated as, and functions, as a machine. THE LIVING CITY Cities are complex systems; they are made up of thousands, even millions, of individuals with their own aspirations and needs. A living city is one that is constantly evolving and optimizing to the needs of the people from the bottom up. Living cities are... Read more