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Posted on Friday, February 26, 2016 - 15:19
Despite numerous studies on townships, research into township economies and related commercial real estate markets is limited. The majority of studies refer to the economy only as part of a broader discussion about other themes such as housing. And, while the information in these studies is useful, it is not captured and discussed within an overarching conceptual framework, which would allow the... Read more
Posted on Tuesday, February 9, 2016 - 09:00
If there was any doubt in your mind about the onslaught of climate change to our survival on this planet, the Paris Agreement of 2015 provides strong consensus that the problem is very real. It demands the immediate and collective action of governments, the private sector, you, and me. Keep in mind that while climate change is seen mostly as an environmental problem, it is more accurately a... Read more
Posted on Tuesday, February 2, 2016 - 09:44
Introduction The current economic situation in Europe creates concerns for and barriers to the deployment of local sustainable energy services. Therefore, much attention needs to be placed on developing and introducing innovative financing models, as well as redefining and improving existing financing schemes. More incentives are needed to stimulate private investments and realize a wider... Read more
Posted on Tuesday, January 26, 2016 - 10:36
South Asian governments must recognise ‘hidden urbanisation’ and ‘urban divides’ in their countries, says Nalaka Gunawardene. This is the only way they can cope with the formidable problems that threaten to overwhelm the region’s capitals as well as other cities and towns. These include some of the largest and fastest-growing urban agglomerations — extended city or town area with a continuous... Read more
Posted on Saturday, December 12, 2015 - 11:05
To bring the undialogued urban issues in a discussion table, share actions and good practices on different urban issues, ensure collaborations among all levels of stakeholders and recognizing a common platform of actions, the 3rd Urban Dialogue 2015 was jointly organized by Urban INGO Forum, Bangladesh (a consortium of 12 International Non-Government Organizations) and Department of Disaster... Read more
Posted on Thursday, December 10, 2015 - 15:19
FROM COPENHAGEN TO PARIS, CITIES AND MAYORS ARE LEADING THE WAY ON CLIMATE ACTION The World’s Leading Mayors Exponentially Increase Climate Action: C40 Cities Have Taken 10,000 Climate Actions Since Copenhagen On Track to Reduce Carbon Emissions by 3Gt Global Cities Have Potential for 45 Gt Reduction. Climate Action in Megacities This article is culled from daily press coverage from around the... Read more
Posted on Thursday, December 10, 2015 - 14:52
In a world first, this study quantifies the huge potential for expanding urban climate action, and presents the views of cities and city experts on what the challenges are in doing so. The study culminates in a firm call for cross sector collaboration to find the solutions to removethese challenges and unlock city potential. This will form the basis of a second report, to follow in 2016. Detailed... Read more
Posted on Tuesday, December 8, 2015 - 11:17
Ahead of the COP21 UN climate summit, Nicholas Stern and Dimitri Zenghelis argue that the choices cities make today on transport and industry will determine whether the world can benefit from resource-efficient growth Cities are home to half the world’s population and produce around 75% of the world’s GDP and greenhouse gas emissions. By 2050, between 65% and 75% of the world population is... Read more
Posted on Tuesday, November 24, 2015 - 11:45
The major metropolitan area journey to work data is out, reported in the American Community Survey ‘s 2014 one year edition. The news is that there is not much news. Little has changed since 2010 despite all the talk about “peak car” and a supposed massive shift towards transit. Single occupant driving remains by far the largest mode of transport to work in the 53 major metropolitan areas (with... Read more
Posted on Tuesday, November 3, 2015 - 14:27
Based on domestic and international experiences of low carbon station development, using the examples of station areas of Stockholm, Malmö and Gothenburg of which the results have been compared with figures of cities in Sri Lanka, Vietnam & Cameroun, this report proposes general strategies, specific requirements and key measures with highest potential in the design of station areas as well... Read more