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[ News ] Posted on Monday, July 29, 2019 - 10:18
With the world’s urban population increasing, the need to invest in urban communities has never been more urgent. This is particularly the case in low and middle-income countries where the pace of urbanization is fastest. To meet Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 11 – to make cities more sustainable, resilient, inclusive and safe – governments will need to develop more urban infrastructure... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Monday, July 29, 2019 - 10:13
This town is coming like a ghost town,” The Specials once warned1. Unfortunately for the designers of the sort of floating cities we see increasingly rendered in future-focused marketing materials, nobody can quite agree on whypeople leave some towns in droves. That could spell disaster for the dream of establishing an ocean-dwelling community. Assuming, that yeah, we’re definitely going to... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Monday, July 29, 2019 - 10:04
As we look to Britain’s position in the world after we leave the European Union, there has been much debate about the role of our overseas aid budget. UK aid - supported by all but the fringes of UK politics - enhances our standing overseas and is something we should be proud of. But it does have room for improvement, and we must always seek to maximise its impact. The aim of the 0.7 per cent... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Monday, July 29, 2019 - 09:44
The UN-Habitat has unveiled a house prototype for affordable green building aimed at addressing housing shortage in densely populated urban areas. Dubbed Tiny House, the model is expected to address the problem of affordable housing in Kenya and tackle climate change.  Unlike conventional houses, the ‘tiny’ house occupies smaller space and makes maximum use of vertical space. It is built complete... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Monday, July 29, 2019 - 09:38
On Monday London will be officially confirmed as the world’s first National Park City. Saturday kicks off a free, eight-day festival celebrating the city’s outdoor spaces. Along with the Mayor of London, organizations and individuals will sign a London National Park City Charter demonstrating their support for making the city greener, healthier, and wilder. Newcastle upon Tyne will also be... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Friday, July 26, 2019 - 09:14
It’s all about changing our mindset.  10. Challenge the common model  Typically, UK companies’ waste management strategies focus on the cost of removing the waste generated. But the real opportunity comes from focusing on the processes in the business that lead to waste being generated in the first place. If this can be minimised then, not only will upfront purchasing costs reduce, but the cost... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Friday, July 26, 2019 - 09:08
According to Centre for Affordable Housing Finance in Africa (CAHFA), an affordable house may refer to a reasonably priced, decent home that costs less than 25 per cent of one’s monthly or annual income. And a low-cost house-a single bedroom unit on less than 28 square metres can easily be described as a cheap and uncomfortable house. CAHFA’s annual book (2018) indicates that majority of... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Friday, July 26, 2019 - 08:55
Currently, developed cities across the world account for about 71 to 76 percent of global carbon emissions. This does not come as a surprise; from the concrete used in buildings to factories and cars, cities are a carbon cesspool. According to the United Nations, by 2050, 68 percent of the world’s population will be living in urban areas. Now, short of a worldwide reduction in population, the... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Friday, July 26, 2019 - 08:44
As climate change concerns dominate the global news cycle, the pressure is on for civic leaders to reduce their cities’ carbon footprint. Individual households are stepping up to the challenge as best they can, but how can municipalities join the movement and implement renewable energy systems? Fortunately, cities can take direct, actionable steps to achieve true sustainability like so many other... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Friday, July 26, 2019 - 08:34
What can Australia learn about creating more sustainable, functional cities from the ancient Romans? A fair bit according to urban planner and history enthusiast Dr Shane Geha. One lesson we can learn from the Romans, according to the managing director of EG Urban Planning Dr Shane Geha, is how to manage density. He says endless urban sprawl is a “bad thing” for amenity, functionality and... Read more