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Posted on Tuesday, April 1, 2014 - 10:45
About half the world's population now lives in cities, and it's estimated that by the middle of this century, 70 percent of the world will be urbanized. According to a recently released report, the National New Urbanization Plan in China (2014-2020), 60 percent of China's population will live in cities within six years, that is about a 6 percent increase on the present numbers. The city of... Read more
Posted on Tuesday, April 1, 2014 - 09:48
How Gritty, Crime-Ridden Medellín Became a Model for 21st-Century Urbanism The Medellín Cartel, headed by Pablo Escobar, perhaps the only drug lord to become a worldwide household name, transported billions of dollars worth of cocaine, which had surpassed coffee as Colombia’s leading export by 1982. Arriving on U.S. shores, the exploits of cocaine cowboys made Miami the murder capital of the... Read more
Posted on Monday, March 31, 2014 - 10:33
If your daily commute involves battling peak-hour traffic or scouring inner-city streets for a car park, the thought of cycling may have crossed your mind.Like many people though, you may have been deterred from getting ‘‘on your bike’’ for several reasons, such as fear of riding on busy roads, not being able to take off quickly enough at intersections, or the thought of arriving at work sweaty... Read more
Posted on Thursday, March 27, 2014 - 09:19
More than half of the world’s population lives in cities and this proportion is increasing day by day. As urban environments are becoming more densely populated and more complex, cities face challenges in a number of different areas: congested transport infrastructure, air quality and pollution, energy efficiency and climate change. Governments around the world are now racing to transform their... Read more
Posted on Tuesday, March 25, 2014 - 09:31
A new report recommends that China curb rapid urban sprawl by reforming land requisition, give migrants urban residency and equal access to basic public services, and reform local financesby finding stable revenues and by allowing local governments to borrow directly within strict central rules. As China's people are increasingly concentrated in cities, with 200 million more urban dwellers than a... Read more
Posted on Friday, March 21, 2014 - 11:26
What the Colombian city can teach us about urban renewal; Medellin’s metamorphosis from a violent dystopia plagued by a ruthless drug cartel into a hotbed of striking modern architecture, clever urban planning and new creative industry is proof of the power of design On my first morning in Medellin, I left my hotel and jogged past a small park with a soccer field and free weights for anyone to... Read more
Posted on Thursday, March 20, 2014 - 16:24
Urbanization is the degree of or increase in urban character or nature. It may refer to a geographical area combining urban and rural parts, or to the transformation of an individual locality from less to more urban. The term can describe a condition at a specific time, namely the proportion of total population or area in urban localities or areas ( cities and towns), or the increase of this... Read more
Posted on Thursday, March 13, 2014 - 11:13
“If there was a perfect slum, Kibera would be it.” The notoriously overcrowded and underserved settlement in the Kenyan capital of Nairobi captivates the public imagination, engendering visions of urban violence, poverty, and hopelessness, said Caroline Wanjiku Kihato of the University of the Witwatersrand at the Wilson Center on February 18. The area was ravaged by ethnic violence that erupted... Read more
Posted on Wednesday, March 12, 2014 - 08:56
The newly published third report on The State of African Cities  shows how informal development is a key force in the continent’s urbanisation, yet also poses major dilemmas. The report’s sub-title “Re-imagining sustainable urban transitions” suggests both the need to come up with new answers, but also the elusiveness of solutions. Anybody interested in Africa, sustainable development or planning... Read more
Posted on Monday, March 10, 2014 - 10:24
he Human Settlement Programme (UN-Habitat) of the United Nations recently charged Nigerians on the need for comprehensive city development and climate action plans to minimise the number of people who live in slums. The Deputy Executive Director and Assistant Secretary-General of the agency, Dr. Kirabo Kacyiri, at the recent inauguration of the National Habitat Committee in Abuja, advocated city... Read more