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[ News ] Posted on Monday, July 8, 2019 - 10:48
8% of the world’s population is projected to live in urban areas by 2050 . Considering the numerous mental and physical health impacts associated with urban living, AESG, a global leading Specialist Engineering and Consultancy practice, has emphasized that it is now vital for Middle East cities to adapt new urban planning approaches that safeguard the future well-being of residents. At its forum... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Friday, July 5, 2019 - 10:57
Representatives of civil society will have the opportunity to meet with senior UN officials, and discuss a wide range of solutions to the challenges of urban life. The theme of this year’s conference, “building sustainale and inclusive cities and communities”, reflects the fact that over half of the world’s population, some 55 per cent, now live in urban areas, with that figure expected to rise... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Thursday, July 4, 2019 - 11:36
Smart cities and smarter projects have been among the most actively discussed realizations made possible by IoT, data, connectivity and by leveraging a mix of varied technologies. The interest in smart cities continues to grow, driven by a range of socioeconomic and technological developments across the globe. A smart city responds to the challenges of our time and quality of life. It also... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Thursday, July 4, 2019 - 10:55
If you could experience the city from the elevation of 95 centimeters—the height of the average three-year-old child—what would you change? Answers to this question, and variations on it, were plentiful last week in a break-out session titled ”Targeted Interventions to Improve Road Safety” in which four expert panelists, representing work on three continents, contemplated such provocative... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Thursday, July 4, 2019 - 10:36
In this new paper, I weave recent research in political science, economics, psychology and more into an account of political polarization and the rise of populist nationalism as a surprising and overlooked side-effect of urbanization. I claim that we’ve failed to fully grasp that urbanization is a relentless, glacial social force that transforms entire societies and, in the process, generates... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Thursday, July 4, 2019 - 10:32
Take a careful look at the data on urbanization in East Africa and three trends stand out. First was the low level of urbanisation in the region in 2000, relative to the rest of the continent (34 percent) and the world (47 percent). Second, is the very fast growth rate of three of East Africa's capitals. According to the Economist Intelligence Unit's 'World in Figures 2010', Kigali is the fastest... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Thursday, July 4, 2019 - 10:21
In his State of the Nation Address, President Cyril Ramaphosa declared that faster economic growth requires accelerated land reform in rural and urban areas and a clear property rights regime. Until now land reform has been a rural programme. What does the inclusion of ‘urban’ mean for the millions of people living in our cities and towns without equitable access to land? Informal settlements are... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Tuesday, July 2, 2019 - 12:15
High housing costs can make a difference in how well and how long we live. This topic is the focus of this year’s County Health Rankings, an annual report on the many factors that shape health and opportunity, county by county, across the nation. This year, data in our Key Findings Report show us that too many communities are burdened by severe housing costs—when people must spend more than half... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Tuesday, July 2, 2019 - 12:08
A significant part of the field of urban innovation focuses on the potential of technology to solve city problems. Nowhere is this more clearly seen than in the world of smart cities. A dominant smart city narrative goes something like this: Today we are lucky to live at a time when a number of game-changing new technologies have reached a state of maturity. We have smartphones, apps, cloud... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Tuesday, July 2, 2019 - 11:59
All coastal cities are facing sea-level rise, but some will be hit harder than others. Asian cities are in for a particularly rough ride. Part of the reason for that is that the populations of coastal cities are bulging: about four out of every five peopleimpacted by sea-level rise by the middle of this century will live in East or South-East Asia. Surging waters will lead to spiking food... Read more