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[ News ] Posted on Thursday, March 12, 2020 - 11:48
Will COVID-19 change how cities are designed? Michele Acuto of the Connected Cities Lab talks about density, urbanization and pandemic preparation.   Disease shapes cities. Some of the most iconic developments in urban planning and management, such as London’s Metropolitan Board of Works and mid-19th century sanitation systems, developed in response to public health crises such as cholera... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Thursday, March 12, 2020 - 11:28
In early December 2019, members of the city council in Kansas City, Missouri unanimously approved a resolution which will see it become the first major US metropolis to introduce free public transport later this year. It is a brave move in a region where 92 percent of people use cars for transit and it will cost around US$8 million–the amount the Kansas City Area Transportation Authority (... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Wednesday, March 11, 2020 - 14:52
Whether it’s a utopian dream or a Total Recall-style nightmare, visions of a future in which all vehicles are operating independently of human control often dominates discussions around connected and autonomous vehicles (CAVs). But the focus on this as yet hypothetical end state ignores the fact that we have actually already begun the journey on CAVs, with many vehicles boasting both connected... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Monday, March 9, 2020 - 15:29
Working with nature within and around cities can protect vulnerable urban residents from climate change impacts and disasters, improve their quality of life, and reduce the impacts of cities on other valuable systems, argues Dr Hannah Reid. A Central Role in Adaptation The value of nature-based solutions (NbS) and ecosystem-based adaptation (EbA) in the urban context is increasingly acknowledged... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Monday, March 9, 2020 - 15:26
The world’s ‘A-List’ cities on climate action and transparency have been revealed in a study by environmental non-profit CDP (formerly the Carbon Disclosure Project). A total of 105 cities made the list, more than double the number in 2018. Mexico City, Cape Town, Los Angeles, Greater Manchester and Leicester are amongst the leaders. The countries with the highest number of A-List cities include... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Monday, March 9, 2020 - 15:25
Urban grassroots initiatives do vital work raising awareness and taking action on sustainability issues. Run largely by volunteers, they fill important gaps left by the public and private sectors, addressing specific local concerns, empowering individuals and enabling community voices to be heard. But these groups can be limited by time pressures on volunteers, a low level of influence with local... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Monday, March 9, 2020 - 15:17
• Women’s mobility is more multi-modal and intermodal than men’s. • Understanding these patterns can lead to new ideas and new markets. • Ideas can be realized in a collaborative manner. Women travel differently to men. They typically combine unpaid care work with a paid job; people with multiple purposes in life create more multi-modal travel patterns (using multiple forms of transport in... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Thursday, March 5, 2020 - 20:21
The lexicon of sustainable development includes an oft-used term: market failure. The term has been attributed to, and popularized by, a Hungarian-born economist who would eventually serve under United States President Lyndon Johnson before teaching at Harvard University—Francis Michel Bator. Bator would unveil the concept of market failure in an August 1958 article in The Quarterly Journal of... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Thursday, March 5, 2020 - 16:36
With at least 68,000 people migrating from rural Rwanda to Kigali every year, the need for more investment in infrastructure development to cater for their mobility and shelter is rising. Thus, an estimated 35,000 housing units are needed every year. Moreover, the City of Kigali currently supplies less than 10 per cent of the demand, limiting access to affordable housing to low and middle-income... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Wednesday, March 4, 2020 - 16:28
The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change  secretariat, and the Commonwealth Secretariat, in collaboration with several United Nations entities, have developed a law and climate change toolkit to promote climate-smart urbanization. Global heating has been described as the “defining issue of our time”. An effective response to... Read more