Urban Themes

[ News ] Posted on Thursday, April 26, 2018 - 15:35
The Cold War gave birth to the national highway system and the internet and, in earlier times, economic competitiveness motivated the building of the US system of canals and the laying of the nation’s rail lines. All were products of government forethought and action. Even though a massive upfront investment in treasure made these projects possible, the government expected and even encouraged... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Thursday, April 26, 2018 - 15:28
Good things happen when conversations about shaping a city’s economy are more representative of those who live in cities, according to a new study from the Urban Institute, released today. The Columbus Partnership launched in 2002, bringing together over 60 CEOs in the Ohio capital to engage with projects and organizations from the city that typically struggle with capacity and funding. Together... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Thursday, April 26, 2018 - 15:23
Going green is a cornerstone of contemporary urban policy planning — and cultivating a green identity has become vital in boosting a city’s economic profile. But in the race to develop these initiatives, some cities are proving better at the branding than in actually creating affordable, equitable green spaces for all citizens, according to a new policy book examining urban greening and social... Read more
[ Opportunities ] Posted on Thursday, April 26, 2018 - 15:13
Closing date: Wednesday, 2 May 2018 Education & Work Experience: I-Master's Level Degree - 4 year(s) experience SB4 Vacancy Type Service Contract (SC) Posting Type External Bureau: Africa Contract Duration: One year Background UN-Habitat is the United Nations programme working towards a better urban future with a mission of promoting socially and environmentally sustainable human settlements... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Wednesday, April 25, 2018 - 16:30
“Let me add to the complexity of the situation we find ourselves in: At the same time we’re solving for climate change, we’re going to be building cities for 3 billion people,” said the urban designer Peter Calthorpe at the beginning of his talk at TED 2017. By 2050, he said, we will see the urban population double, and if we don’t manage to sustainably and practically build to accommodate that... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Tuesday, April 24, 2018 - 16:01
Smart cities, digital cities, virtual cities, connected cities. Are these just trendy buzzwords? Perhaps. But these types of cities are supported by the infrastructure that is more than bricks and mortar. These cities are smart (thoughtful, people-centric), digital (driven by data acquisition, measured, analyzed and sometimes exchanged) and virtual (experiential). And, as a result, they are... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Tuesday, April 24, 2018 - 15:49
Whether or not diversity is a good thing is still a topic of much debate. Though many businesses tout the benefits of diversity, American political scientist Robert Putnam holds that diversity causes people to hunker down, creating mistrust in communities. Empirical investigations into how diversity affects communities are too few and far between to provide any definitive answer to the... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Tuesday, April 24, 2018 - 15:38
On a recent holiday in Vietnam, Cambodia, and Laos, I couldn’t resist thinking about these countries’ economic potential and ongoing policy challenges. After all, in 2005, my Goldman Sachs colleagues and I had listed Vietnam as one of the Next Eleven (N-11) – all countries with the potential to become important economies during this century. Vietnam reported that its real (inflation-adjusted)... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Tuesday, April 24, 2018 - 15:21
The Challenges Imagine, if you will, a Category 3 hurricane roiling up the East Coast and making a direct hit on Southern New England – the biggest storm to hit the area since the hurricanes of 1939 and 1954. The Northeast corridor interstate transportation system, which was built after 1954, would be knocked out. The grid from Boston to New York and up to the borders of New Hampshire and Vermont... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Tuesday, April 24, 2018 - 15:09
I rescued over 140 people during my four summers as a lifeguard in San Clemente, California, from frightened children being carried out to sea in riptides to marines pounded with ten-foot waves. We now have kids growing up in cities that increasingly flood, whose drinking water is salinated, and who are getting hit with hundred-year storms every year. We don’t need to tell them that the problems... Read more