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Posted on Tuesday, February 18, 2020 - 09:51
Improve new housing by changing land tax, reintroducing development corporations, and unleashing a wave of smaller builders, report from The Academy of Urbanism says Promoted by the renewed interest in housing policy, the report – ‘Better housing for the 21st century’ – draws on places that have been shortlisted for Academy of Urbanism Awards both in the UK and other parts of Europe to draw some... Read more
Posted on Tuesday, February 18, 2020 - 09:46
A new report from the Coalition for Urban Transitions, supported by 50 leading institutions, shows that national governments that invest in low-carbon cities can enhance economic prosperity, make cities better places to live and rapidly reduce carbon emissions. The report finds that implementing low-carbon measures in cities would be worth almost US$24 trillion by 2050 and could reduce emissions... Read more
Posted on Thursday, February 13, 2020 - 15:25
In every city, the urban spaces that form the public realm—ranging from city streets, neighborhood squares, and parks to public facilities such as libraries and markets—account for about one-third of the city’s total land area, on average. Despite this significance, the potential for these public-space assets—typically owned and managed by local governments—to transform urban life and city... Read more
Posted on Thursday, February 13, 2020 - 12:17
Urban planning and design quite literally shape the environment around us — and that environment, in turn, shapes how we live, work, play, move, and rest. This handbook aims to illuminate the relationships between gender inequality, the built environment, and urban planning and design; and to lay out a menu of simple, practicable processes and best practices for urban planning and design projects... Read more
Posted on Thursday, February 13, 2020 - 11:23
Around the world, cities are evolving at an unprecedented pace, grappling with profound challenges driven by urbanization, demographics, and climate change. City leaders face extraordinary pressures to manage this growth and implement sustainable development strategies. As United Nations (U.N.) Secretary-General Antonio Guterres recently remarked, “With more than half the world’s population,... Read more
Posted on Monday, February 10, 2020 - 14:29
This publication delivers an interdisciplinary approach from professionals and scholars working in government, the United Nations, academia, scientific research, and private sector. The purpose of this publication is (1) to raise awareness on new technological innovations and how these changes affect urban infrastructure and the quality of living of urban dwellers; (2) to enhance collective... Read more
Posted on Friday, December 13, 2019 - 14:51
As one of the fastest urbanizing regions in the world, Africa faces acute challenges that, although shared with other continents, have specificities and, consequently, must be handled with tailor-made solutions. The African Metropolitan Report responds to this endeavor by enclosing the analysis resulting from comparative research of 17 metropolitan spaces – where 18 Metropolis’ members operate –... 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 Thursday, March 15, 2018 - 10:59
The national urban-rural divide narrative is one that touts (or bemoans) the all-consuming growth of our nation’s largest cities and laments rural communities as devoid of economic potential. But this isn't the whole story.  In a challenge to the conventional narrative, Bridging the Urban-Rural Economic Divide finds that stronger links between urban and rural areas are key to spurring local,... 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