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[ News ] Posted on Tuesday, January 16, 2018 - 16:32
“The food market is a community - if one of the vendors falls ill we raise money. We also work together to maintain the market, such as the roof, so that it is better to work and sell food here.” The informal food market where Hazera, a grandmother of 5 works, is a hive of activity. Located in Khulna, it provides a vital source of affordable fruit, vegetables and fish to the local urban poor... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Tuesday, January 16, 2018 - 16:02
BEIJING — In late November, days after a fire raged through an apartment building in a Beijing suburb, killing 19, officials began to uproot migrant communities on the city’s periphery. Residents were wrestled out of their rented homes, and bulldozers flattened entire neighborhoods. Tens of thousands were made homeless overnight. While city officials justified the campaign as an effort to... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Tuesday, January 16, 2018 - 12:28
With the environmental, economic and social changes facing our cities, we are having to think very differently about our place on this planet. Smart cities are ushering in a new era of technology and advancements in how we design, how we build, and ultimately how we live as we attempt to craft better, more sustainable cities. Introduction The world is changing. Socially. Economically.... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Tuesday, January 16, 2018 - 12:21
Located at the complex intersection of economic development and environmental change, cities play a central role in our efforts to move towards sustainability. Reducing air and water pollution, improving energy efficiency while securing energy supply, and minimizing vulnerabilities to disruptions and disturbances are interconnected and pose a formidable challenge, with their dynamic interactions... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Tuesday, January 16, 2018 - 12:17
In the face of the growing ubiquity of new technologies and digitalization, cities across the globe are experimenting with new ways of governance tools for civic engagement. Digital transformation offers the ability to reach a higher number of people and interact with them in innovative ways. Cities and municipalities are taking advantage of these opportunities to develop new instruments to... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Tuesday, January 16, 2018 - 12:15
Nairobi, 12 January 2018– At the close of 2017, Botswana and Tunisia were getting prepared to monitor and report on SDG 11, with the support of the UN-Habitat’s Global Urban Observatory team and the UNECA to monitor and report on SDG 11. In October 2017, UN-Habitat and UNECA organized a technical workshop on the importance of disaggregation in achieving Agenda 2030 and possible disaggregation... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Tuesday, January 16, 2018 - 12:15
Meeting of the Minds talked with Dr. Dario Hidalgo about the evolution of BRT and what makes it a successful part of an integrated urban public transit system. Dr. Hidalgo guides the WRI Ross Center for Sustainable Cities international team of transport engineers and planners and also coordinates the Observatory of the BRT Center of Excellence. He has more than 25 years of experience as a... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Friday, January 12, 2018 - 10:29
Without clear, accessible streets, people with restricted mobility often face a tough choice in winter: struggle to cross icy sidewalks and snowbanks, or stay indoors. But it’s very possible for cities to better design their winter strategies for people of all abilities. On Thursday, January 4, the eastern seaboard braced itself for what became known as the “Bomb Cyclone“–a winter storm promising... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Friday, January 12, 2018 - 09:27
All over the world people are migrating to cities, spurred by a range of economic, political, and social circumstances. Today, 54% of the world’s population lives in cities, and that is expected to rise to 66% by 2050. While this influx of new residents will put stress on urban infrastructure, it also presents an enormous opportunity to address persistent social problems, with mental illness... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Friday, January 12, 2018 - 09:18
As 2018 begins, the following are my highly unreliable, wet-finger-in-the-air guesses for what might happen in the smart cities arena, for better and worse, over the coming year. As a general prediction, while there is no single rationale for a smart city, certain themes such as efficiency and cost, environmental impact, and the ever-intangible quality of “livability” have historically... Read more

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