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Posted on Friday, August 10, 2018 - 11:21
A recent article titled “Everything we’ve heard about global urbanization turns out to be wrong” (Reuters, 12 July 2018), citing new figures released by the European Commission, informed readers that 84% of the world’s population now lives in urban areas, not 55% as reported by the United Nations Population Division. In this working paper we present four arguments, backed by ample evidence,... Read more
Posted on Tuesday, March 20, 2018 - 08:38
In 2018 Singapore retains its title as the world’s most expensive city for the fifth consecutive year in a top ten that is largely split between Asia and Europe. Seoul is the only other city in the top ten that has maintained its ranking from the previous year. In the rest of Asia, Hong Kong and Sydney join Singapore and Seoul in the top ten. Low inflation has pushed Tokyo and Osaka out of the... Read more
Posted on Friday, March 9, 2018 - 10:36
The supply of affordable and adequate housing has been overwhelmed by the demand of the millions of rural poor who have migrated to cities in hope of finding better employment, health care, and better educational opportunities. According to UN estimates, the urban population of the developing world alone will increase from 2.7 billion in the year 2011 to 5.1 billion by 2050. To accommodate the... Read more
Posted on Thursday, December 21, 2017 - 16:52
Smart city initiatives are gaining traction in Africa and the Middle East (AME) due to increasing rates of urbanization that has been placing pressure on city services. The urban population in the region has increased from over 20% in 1960 to about 45% by the end of 2015, according to the UN. Scarcity of resources and chaotic nature of rapidly expanding cities are also pushing the governments to... Read more
Posted on Thursday, November 30, 2017 - 12:02
Innovative, technologically sophisticated operators of ride-hailing networks, car- and bicycle-sharing systems, mobile trip-planning and ticketing apps, and other new mobility services are winning users in cities around the world. Their reception suggests that city dwellers need transport options that are more convenient and flexible than those offered by traditional private transport companies... Read more
Posted on Wednesday, October 18, 2017 - 10:09
The co-benefits of urban liveability for the economy, social inclusion, environmental and social sustainability, and public health are now well recognised by all levels of government in Australia and internationally. Liveable communities are safe, socially cohesive and inclusive, and environmentally sustainable. They have affordable housing that is linked (via public transport, walking and... Read more
Posted on Friday, September 29, 2017 - 13:31
The sustainability of urban logistics is an important issue for rapidly growing cities worldwide. Although many cities have developed strategies to move people more efficiently and safely within the urban environment, much less attention has been paid to the importance of delivering goods to people at work and home. It is an issue hiding in plain sight, as urban infrastructure is often not... Read more
Posted on Monday, September 25, 2017 - 12:26
The unprecedented population growth in Africa and its projections followed by a high rate of urbanization are resulting in a growing number of huge urban agglomerations – cities and megacities. That phenomenon creates opportunities for the continent, but it also raises concerns about low levels of development and diminished quality of life among the majority of urban residents. African cities are... Read more
Posted on Thursday, August 17, 2017 - 15:45
For the seventh consecutive year, Melbourne in Australia is the most liveable urban centre of the 140 cities surveyed, closely followed by the Austrian capital, Vienna. In fact, only 0.1 percentage points separate the top two cities, and just 0.2 and 0.3 percentage points separate Canada’s Vancouver and Toronto (ranked 3rd and 4th, respectively), from Melbourne. Another Canadian city, Calgary,... Read more
Posted on Thursday, June 29, 2017 - 16:02
Urban mobility is a key differentiator for competitiveness. Cities that keep moving have a more vibrant economy and attract more inward investment. They’re more attractive places to live and work. Technology and improved infrastructure play a huge role in shaping mobility – but the biggest factor in improving urban travel is human behavior. Introduction Reimagining the travel experience Some... Read more

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