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Posted on Tuesday, February 17, 2015 - 10:41
Urbanization is transforming the developing world. However, understanding the pace, scale, and form of urbanization has been limited by a lack of consistent data. East Asia’s Changing Urban Landscape aims to address this problem by using satellite imagery and other data to measure urban expansion across the East Asia and Pacific region between 2000 and 2010. Illustrated with maps and charts, it... Read more
Posted on Friday, February 13, 2015 - 08:54
More youth are flocking to Kampala from rural areas in a trend that calls for a radical shift in planning for the city and other urban areas findings of a new report set to be released shows The ‘Rural-Urban Labour Migration of Young Ugandans’ study, whose findings are yet to be made public, shows that youth are migrating from rural areas in search of opportunities. The study was commissioned by... Read more
Posted on Thursday, February 12, 2015 - 12:33
Mongolia’s recent economic growth has dramatically changed Ulaanbaatar. Since 2000, Ulaanbaatar’s population has nearly doubled and the built up area of the city has expanded by 40 percent. Yet, the city’s expansion has also made it among the least dense cities of its size (based on built-up land) in the region. This low-density spatial expansion has negatively affected traffic and congestion... Read more
Posted on Wednesday, February 11, 2015 - 13:54
According to the just released 11th edition of Demographia World Urban Areas (Built-Up Urban Areas or World Agglomerations), there are now 34 urban areas in the world with more than 10 million residents, the minimum qualification for megacity status. Tokyo-Yokohama continues its 60 year leads the world's largest urban area. Before Tokyo-Yokohama, New York had been the world's largest urban area... Read more
Posted on Thursday, February 5, 2015 - 10:45
Establishing a long-term vision, conserving the city’s cultural heritage, optimizing land use, and integrating economic development are among some of the recommendations in an Urban Land Institute (ULI) report on the future urban regeneration of Shanghai. Titled Ten Principles for Urban Regeneration: Making Shanghai a Better City (PDF), the report combines the results of a two-day workshop in... Read more
Posted on Monday, February 2, 2015 - 14:56
The Safe Cities Index 2015 is an Economist Intelligence Unit report, sponsored by NEC. The report is based on an index composed of more than 40 quantitative and qualitative indicators. These indicators are split across four thematic categories: digital security; health security; infrastructure safety; and personal safety. Every city in the Index is scored across these four categories. Each... Read more
Posted on Thursday, January 29, 2015 - 10:00
Urban infrastructure insights 2015 examines the city infrastructure systems that require the most attention as well as what city leaders can do to develop solutions for their citizens and businesses. The report investigates infrastructure's importance for urban economic growth as well as the social, political and financial obstacles to effective infrastructure and service delivery. This research... Read more
Posted on Tuesday, January 27, 2015 - 21:47
The Global Opportunity Report is an annual report identifying 15 great opportunities for sustainable development. It also measures how attractive these are to decision-makers and influencers globally. The report contributes a unique new perspective on how we address sustainability challenges. Going beyond traditional cost-benefit and Life Cycle Analyses, we adopt a broader view in order to... Read more
Posted on Tuesday, January 27, 2015 - 10:24
The 2015 edition of the Global Risks report completes a decade of highlighting the most significant long-term risks worldwide, drawing on the perspectives of experts and global decision-makers. Over that time, analysis has moved from risk identification to thinking through risk interconnections and the potentially cascading effects that result. Taking this effort one step further, this year’s ... Read more
Posted on Thursday, January 22, 2015 - 11:26
A National Urban Policy is a coherent set of decisions derived through a deliberate government-led process of coordinating and rallying various actors for a common vision and goal that will promote more trans-formative, productive, inclusive and resilient urban development for the long term. As such an national urban policy is often an interactive process. The purpose of this publication is to... Read more