Urban Themes

[ News ] Posted on Monday, May 21, 2018 - 16:31
"Managing urban growth has become one of the most important development challenges of the current century"   UNITED NATIONS - Two-thirds of people in the world will be living in cities by 2050, and the boom will be concentrated in three countries - India, China and Nigeria, according to United Nations estimates released on Wednesday. The world's rural population will peak in a few years then... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Monday, May 21, 2018 - 16:23
Eight cities – from Accra to Dar es Salaam – pledged to deliver their share of emissions cuts needed to meet global targets to limit climate change   LAGOS - Africa is sometimes better known for its vulnerability to climate change than its action on the problem – but a set of African cities intend to change that. Eight cities – from Accra to Dar es Salaam – pledged this week to deliver their... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Thursday, May 17, 2018 - 14:13
The run-up to Ireland’s abortion vote has revealed a divide already at the fore in the US, Italy and Poland – where urban policy-makers are standing up against state conservatism Alone woman scales a brick building, turning to look at a number 8 chained to her ankle, hampering her progress. The animation appeared this month, projected on to Dublin’s Treasury building, and images quickly spread on... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Thursday, May 17, 2018 - 12:28
Ghent, Lahti, and Lisbon have been shortlisted to become the 2020 European Green Capital, a European Commission initiative. 2020 marks the 10th anniversary of the award. Andrea Wesolowski, from the European Green Capital Secretariat, examines how previous winners have been able to stimulate their growth, liveability and sustainability for citizens.  The search for the 2020 European Green Capital... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Thursday, May 17, 2018 - 11:45
Numerous panels during a recent smart cities conference in New York City—including a keynote from Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel—highlighted how technology could exacerbate today's inequalities. Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel isn’t known for pulling punches, and at a recent smart cities conference, he lived up to that reputation. During his keynote discussion, he spoke to a packed audience about the need... Read more
[ 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