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[ News ] Posted on Monday, July 8, 2019 - 12:44
The urge to build cities from scratch is not new – but this time they are being conceived by private multinational corporations as gilt-edged tax-exempt gated communities At 8.30 every morning, an announcement is piped though a speaker in the ceiling of Kim Jong-won’s apartment, barking the daily bulletin in a high-pitched voice. The disembodied broadcaster details new parking measures, issues... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Monday, July 8, 2019 - 12:22
In Australia, more than 9 million people commute to work every weekday. The distance they travel and how they get there – car, public transport, cycling or walking – can influence their well-being and performance at work. Our study, involving 1,121 full-time workers who commute daily to work, made several important findings: those who commute longer distances tend to have more days off work among... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Monday, July 8, 2019 - 12:12
There are serious challenges to global food supply everywhere we look. Intensive use of fertilisers in the US Midwest is causing nutrients to run off into rivers and streams, degrading the water quality and causing a Connecticut-size dead zone in the Gulf of Mexico. Chocolate production will soon be challenged in West Africa – home to over half of global production. A variety of nutritional... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Monday, July 8, 2019 - 12:02
In 1999, Chicago was one of the first cities in the US to implement a 3-1-1 non-emergency management system to make it easier for residents to access city services and offload calls from the city’s 9-1-1 emergency management system. However, nearly 20 years later, our system had grown outdated. There was no way for residents to track their service requests or see where other requests had been... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Monday, July 8, 2019 - 11:56
The World Economic Forum (WEF) will lead the new G20 Global Smart Cities Alliance to develop a framework for how data is collected and used. The alliance brings together municipal, regional and national governments, private-sector partners and city residents around a shared set of core guiding principles for the implementation of smart city technologies. The effort aims to foster greater openness... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Monday, July 8, 2019 - 11:49
What does it really mean when certain kinds of cities keep getting ranked as the world’s “most livable”? Pack your bags everyone: It’s time to move to Zurich. According to the 2019 Monocle Global Liveable Cities Index, published in the magazine’s July/August issue, the Swiss city is the most livable of any in the world, the 409,000-resident almost-metropolis beating off competition to rise to... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Monday, July 8, 2019 - 11:46
We, the people are a city’s greatest asset. We drive economies, pass laws, volunteer in the community, and come together in times of strife and celebration. But what happens when—by design—some of our neighbors and friends are unable to access or participate in everything their city has to offer because of inequitable laws, policies, and practices? Unfortunately, we know the answer to this... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Monday, July 8, 2019 - 11:42
Every two years, the United Nations issues its latest estimate of future population trends. Its 2019 projection reveals a stark divide. Across all of Asia, Europe, and the Americas, population stability has already been achieved or soon will be, with the median projection suggesting an increase from 6.4 billion today to 6.5 billion in 2100, a rise of just 2%. By contrast, the UN projects that... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Monday, July 8, 2019 - 11:37
Heavy rains that led to at least four incidents of wall collapse across Mumbai and Pune have shifted the focus towards the need for planned development in peripheral areas. “When it comes to urban planning, we are always firefighting,” says Dr Rutul Joshi, associate professor, who teaches urban planning at CEPT University Ahmedabad, formerly the Centre for Environmental Planning and Technology... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Monday, July 8, 2019 - 11:08
The world is urbanising and fast. More than 55% of the global population live in towns and cities, according to the United Nations. With another 2.5 billion people likely to move to urban areas by 2050, this proportion will rise to 68%. We need our cities to accommodate this growth. But we cannot let modern urban growth come at the expense of the environment. Building more homes, schools, shops,... Read more