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[ News ] Posted on Wednesday, June 26, 2019 - 15:31
The relationship between parks and crime remains the subject of debate. Some scholars say parks and other urban green spaces prevent violence. When vacant lots and deteriorating urban spaces are transformed into more appealing and useful places for residents, violence and crime typically decline in the immediate vicinity. In a study of public housing developments in Chicago, researchers found 52... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Tuesday, June 25, 2019 - 10:37
New research published by C40 Cities has warned that cities may have a greater influence over global emissions than was previously thought. A report based on the research, which was undertaken in partnership with Arup and the University of Leeds, revealed how the world’s 100 biggest cities are responsible for around 10 percent of all emissions, despite having taken positive steps to reduce their... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Monday, June 24, 2019 - 15:09
Building suitable and sustainable accommodation for growing populations is becoming one of the biggest urban challenges facing Europe’s big cities. London, for example, is expected to grow by 8.8 percent to 9.5 million by 2026 and Berlin to grow from 3.5 million to 4 million by 2035. “Affordability is a huge issue and has a big impact on cities, their ability to attract talent and sustain... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Monday, June 24, 2019 - 15:05
The term “smart city” has gained in popularity, but the label still conjures the use the technologies to solve operational problems. Rather, cities are complex and need intelligent, transformative and engaged efforts. Sustainable development goals such as in health, housing, education, energy, hunger and happiness have always been urban issues. The 1994 European Cities and Town Charter on... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Monday, June 24, 2019 - 14:58
Proximity has always been an essential ingredient in building great places. From Jane Jacobs to Jan Gehl, urban theorists consistently argue that bringing people and opportunities closer together allows neighborhoods to flourish. New research from the Bass Center for Transformative Placemaking at Brookings confirms that when it comes to site selection, American businesses continue to value... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Monday, June 24, 2019 - 13:49
Have you ever cycled through a lake or ridden a bike through tree tops 10 metres above the ground? For most cyclists, the answer is ‘no’, but that could be about to change. The second Bicycle Architecture Biennale in Amsterdam features forward-thinking, creative and quirky infrastructure projects aimed at encouraging people to turn to peddle-power.  “By showcasing the most dynamic, visual... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Thursday, June 20, 2019 - 10:45
'Unfortunately, conservation of forests in one country often just shifts deforestation to another'   BANGKOK - Sprawling urban areas and expanding plantations are placing greater pressure on forests and resources in Asia-Pacific, hurting rural communities and exacerbating the effects of climate change, the United Nations food agency said on Tuesday. The region has the world's lowest per capita... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Thursday, June 20, 2019 - 10:33
When countries adopted the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in 2015, the inclusion of SDG 11 highlighted the importance of urbanization to sustainable development, and committed national governments to support cities in becoming more inclusive and resilient. Four years in, it is clear that cities matter for much more than SDG 11. Mayors and local government officials are demonstrating that... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Thursday, June 20, 2019 - 10:27
Cities are what keep the global economic machine humming. Over 80% of the world’s economic output is derived from activities in cities – and more specifically, it’s estimated that 60% of GDP growth occurs in just the top 600 urban centers. Given the above, it’s fair to say that the destiny of humankind is directly linked to what happens in major cities. Further, how urbanization plays out over... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Thursday, June 20, 2019 - 10:19
A Schizophrenic Approach to Building Cities Two currents — so far, irreconcilable and mutually exclusive — are shaping our cities. On the one hand, we have vast construction projects churning profits for multinationals, local firms, and indirectly for stockholders. The media is inundated with their exciting images, and the developing world appears as a testing-ground for the more ambitious (and... Read more