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Posted on Tuesday, September 4, 2018 - 11:43
The Resilience Enhancers developed under the City Resilience Profiling Tool (CRPT) isolate the cross-cutting themes that underpin UN-Habitat's resilience building methodology into an advocacy and training tool. The Enhancers provide both an understanding of the relationship between the topic in focus (i.e. Gender, Climate Action, Humanitarian Action among others) and development, global agendas,... Read more
Posted on Tuesday, August 28, 2018 - 11:41
Land is often a critical aspect of conflict: it may be a root cause or trigger conflicts, or may become an issue as the conflict progresses. Conflicts lead to forced evictions; the people who are displaced by conflict need somewhere to live, often leading to further disputes over the use of land and other resources. This publication shows how addressing land issues can mitigate conflict,... Read more
Posted on Thursday, August 23, 2018 - 17:16
Resilient Cities is the annual global forum on urban resilience and adaptation convened in Bonn, Germany. The congress series provides an international platform to share the latest knowledge, good practices, challenges, and innovations for creating more resilient cities. It also serves as an annual meeting point to track local progress on the resilience targets of Sustainable Development Goal 11... Read more
Posted on Friday, August 10, 2018 - 11:24
Background of CO2 emissions data from Chinese cities The urbanization process in China and technology developments in the United States are considered to be the main forces shaping the world in the 21st century. City development is the major driver of China’s economy, with 50% of China’s GDP growth in the past 10 years contributed by infrastructure investments associated with the urbanization... Read more
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 Wednesday, August 8, 2018 - 17:04
Cities all over the world are growing and transforming through processes of densification and sprawl. Open spaces, private and public, are being turned into buildings, infrastructure and new landscapes of public spaces, parks, plazas, playgrounds and natural areas are emerging. These spatial structures define the cultural, social, economic and political functions of cities. In the processes of... Read more
Posted on Thursday, August 2, 2018 - 09:48
Since the launch of our China Cities series in 2007, JLL has charted a remarkable journey of unprecedented city-building and infrastructure development. China is now entering a ‘new era’ of innovation, internationalisation and global influence, which will further reshape the urban landscape both at home and abroad. This latest research focuses on China’s leading cities – the China12 – which are... Read more
Posted on Tuesday, July 31, 2018 - 11:21
More than half the world’s population now lives in urban areas and the 300 largest metropolitan economies in the world account for nearly half of all global output. The concentration of economic growth and prosperity in large metro areas defines the modern global economy, creating both opportunities and challenges in an era in which national political, economic, and societal trends are... Read more
Posted on Wednesday, July 25, 2018 - 18:16
The Center for Active Design is thrilled to announce the release of the Assembly: Civic Design Guidelines, a groundbreaking playbook for creating well-designed and well-maintained public spaces as a force for building trust and healing divisions in local communities. The Assembly Guidelines capture the culmination of four years of research and collaboration—with input from 200+ studies, 50+... Read more
Posted on Wednesday, July 25, 2018 - 16:25
The SDSN has prepared this 2018 U.S. Cities SDG Index to inform on the state of sustainable development in U.S. cities and to spur on local level action. The Index covers the 100 most populous city regions (Metropolitan Statistical Areas or MSA) within the U.S., which are home to 66% of the domestic population. It is a composite index comprised of 44 indicators, which cover the broad range of... Read more

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