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Posted on Tuesday, November 25, 2014 - 09:54
Access to safe drinking-water and basic sanitation is essential to human health and survival. But for many people living in low-resource settings, these vital services remain out of reach. The UN-Water GLAAS 2014 Report, Investing in Water and Sanitation: Increasing Access, Reducing Inequalities is the third biennial GLAAS report. It presents data from 94 countries, covering all MDG regions. It... Read more
Posted on Monday, November 24, 2014 - 15:43
A key finding of this report is “the expansion of cities has been accompanied by changes in land use, both in terms of form as well as structure. Streets, as public spaces, have lost their importance in terms of their share of land, as well as their prominent role in shaping the culture and history of cities.”  Another key finding of this report is “prosperous cities are those that recognize the... Read more
Posted on Monday, November 24, 2014 - 15:40
This publication (in the form of a Strategy Paper) highlights the global problem of slums and advocates for using streets as tools for urban transformation. A street-led approach to citywide slum upgrading is promoted which advocates for a shift from piecemeal project based to programme scale upgrading. This publication draws from many slum upgrading experiences worldwide and encourages a... Read more
Posted on Tuesday, November 11, 2014 - 09:39
‘A child-friendly city is where a city is able to provide the children rights and protection,and there is no violation towards the children.’ – Dio, Surabaya Just Cities for Children: Voices from Urban Slums highlights World Vision’s experience in supporting children to express their ideas for a better city to key decision makers on a global platform, and in mainstreaming child participatory... Read more
Posted on Tuesday, November 4, 2014 - 10:08
By Graça Machel This report from Oxfam is a stark and timely portrait of the growing inequality which characterizes much of Africa and the world today. Seven out of 10 people live in countries where inequality is growing fast, and those at the top of society are leaving the rest behind. Addressing the gap between the richest people and the poorest, and the impact this gap has on other pervasive... Read more
Posted on Monday, November 3, 2014 - 11:16
A new report from the United Nation's panel of climate scientists offers little in the way of surprises: Climate change, it says, is almost entirely man-made; it will be irreversible if nothing is done soon; and reducing greenhouse gases to zero this century may be necessary to reverse its effects. This isn't surprising. The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change's final volume, dubbed the "... Read more
Posted on Monday, November 3, 2014 - 11:03
The Pentagon recently released a new report sounding the alarm on the national security threats posed by climate change. Like previous reports on the subject, this one makes clear that Department of Defence (DoD) planners believe that global warming will seriously challenge our nation’s military forces. The report finds that, “rising global temperatures, changing precipitation patterns, climbing... Read more
Posted on Monday, November 3, 2014 - 10:02
The study runs through various visions of the city – the "continuous city", the "city on water" – from sources as diverse as planning departments and the computer game SimCity, before drawing them all together in a visualised taxonomy of city terms The study also contains lots of attractive historical urban designs that never came to anything, like this 1981 rendering of a "high rise city"... Read more
Posted on Monday, November 3, 2014 - 09:25
The Urban Implications of Living With Water, a recent report by the Urban Land Institute (ULI) Boston, opens with the clear assertion: “We are beginning to feel the effects of climate change.” The result of a conversation amongst over seventy experts from the fields of architecture, engineering, public policy, real estate and more, the report covers the proposed integrated solutions for a future... Read more
Posted on Monday, October 27, 2014 - 15:55
Decent, affordable housing is fundamental to the health and well-being of people and to the smooth functioning of economies. Yet around the world, in developing and advanced economies alike, cities are struggling to meet that need. If current trends in urbanization and income growth persist, by 2025 the number of urban households that live in substandard housing—or are so financially stretched by... Read more