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[ News ] Posted on Tuesday, August 14, 2018 - 10:09
The deadly global heatwave has made it impossible to ignore: in cities worldwide, we are now divided into the cool haves and the hot have-nots When July’s heatwave swept through the Canadian province of Quebec, killing more than 90 people in little over a week, the unrelenting sunshine threw the disparities between rich and poor into sharp relief. While the well-heeled residents of Montreal... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Tuesday, August 14, 2018 - 09:40
America’s small towns are fighting back against climate change denial and lack of leadership at the federal, and in many cases, state levels by taking matters into their own hands and moving forward to build greater climate resilience. The Mississippi River Cities and Towns Initiative, with 85 mayors along the river, has developed a Climate/Disaster Resilience and Adaptation program because they... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Tuesday, August 14, 2018 - 09:15
Tokyo leapfrogged London and New York after embracing robotics and 3D manufacturing LONDON - Tokyo topped a list of the world's most innovative cities on Friday, leapfrogging London and New York after embracing the "globe-shaking trends of robotics and 3D manufacturing". The Japanese capital has risen rapidly since entering the top 10 of the Innovation Cities Index three years ago behind Paris,... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Tuesday, August 14, 2018 - 08:59
Air pollution is now the fourth biggest killer in the world after smoking, high blood pressure and diet. It contributes to more than six million deaths every year. The majority of these are in poorer nations. Worryingly, air quality may become increasingly worse with rapidly expanding urbanization. More than half the world’s population now live in cities. By 2050, this will reach two thirds.... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Thursday, August 9, 2018 - 11:09
The sun, oceans and nature provide a welcome respite to all of us, especially those living in cities without regular access to such resources. However, as urbanization continues to increase, how do we ensure that we collectively continue to enjoy nature and live in harmony with the environment? Unplanned urbanization combined with limited land has created over-crowding, degradation of natural... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Thursday, August 9, 2018 - 10:56
“It’s kind of manifest destiny…now the marketplace and the city has begun to catch up.” This is how architect David Manfredi recently described a billion-dollar residential, commercial, and retail complex to be built in 2015 in Baltimore. Speaking to a reporter, Manfredi was emphasizing how the new project he was working on would further extend the upscale development of Baltimore’s old... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Thursday, August 9, 2018 - 10:30
In the early years of this century, completely new cities began emerging across Asia and Africa, transforming previously unremarkable expanses of land or reclaimed ocean areas. Could some of these new urban creations become the economic powerhouses of the future?  The fervour for building cities from scratch seems inexhaustible, with construction starting on mega-projects in Malaysia, China,... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Thursday, August 9, 2018 - 09:58
First, there were smartphones and then smart houses. Now, the next disruptive “smart” move is the smart city. As work, life, and society become increasingly connected through the wide adoption of the Internet of Things (IoT) devices, it’s a natural progression to build smart cities that leverage tech to provide benefits like convenience and efficiency. What makes smart cities so interesting is... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Thursday, August 9, 2018 - 09:14
Can young architects and urban planners lead on sustainable urbanism with the UN and the Commonwealth? Can the young built-environment professionals of the Commonwealth offer a global lead on truly sustainable cities? We believe so, and set out our case here. We apologise in advance for the blizzard of initials of all the various UK and international organisations, groups and initiatives involved... Read more
[ Event ] Posted on Wednesday, August 8, 2018 - 15:18
The Walk21 conference series supports, encourages and inspires the Global Walking Network to confirm the importance of walking politically and in policy, provide an international platform for an inclusive discussion, acknowledge current research, practice and promotion and identify the need for future research and networking. International delegates attending a Walk21 conference do so to have the... Read more