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[ Event ] Posted on Monday, November 19, 2018 - 16:18
Registration for the 5th annual Smart and Healthy Transport in Cities international conference has begun! Take advantage of our discount and register now. WHEN: 9th April 2019 – 10th April 2019 all-day WHERE: Parkhotel Pilsen U Borského parku 2791/31301 00 Plzeň 3-Jižní PředměstíCzechia You have plenty to look forward to: we are consulting with a number of interesting personalities and are... Read more
[ Event ] Posted on Friday, November 16, 2018 - 00:30
Join us at NTNU Trondheim (Norway) to explore and appropriate an integrated and participatory planning approach in research and practice in the masters programme on Urban Ecological Planning. Deadline for applications for non-European students 1 December. No tuition fees! More info at
[ News ] Posted on Thursday, November 15, 2018 - 11:20
BANGKOK — In a region that hosts the majority of the world’s megacities, Asia is seeing malnutrition following the masses to urban areas. Urbanization can be a signal of positive social and economic development. But if it isn’t managed early and inclusively from a nutrition standpoint, rapid rural to urban transitions can also lead to dysfunctional food systems. Undernutrition and obesity can... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Thursday, November 15, 2018 - 10:41
rban trees and tree planting is like a contemporary urban planner’s holy grail—more trees means a better city, and better city assumedly means a better quality of life for city residents. But why is this the case? I’ve set out here to reflect on this.  Why the focus on urban trees today and what are the historical origins of urban greening. Should plans to build better cities for residents  rely... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Wednesday, November 14, 2018 - 15:55
Forget ‘solutions’ such as smog towers, air-filtering buses and pollution-eating paints. We need to prevent the air pollution in the first place The persistent haze over many of our cities is a reminder of the polluted air that we breathe. Over 80% of the world’s urban population is breathing air that fails to meet World Health Organisation guidelines, and an estimated 4.5 million people died... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Wednesday, November 14, 2018 - 15:38
A senior official at the International Transport Forum has said blockchain technologies could improve the way transport data is shared and help cities avoid a “platform war” between ridesharing firms. Speaking to Cities Today, innovation and foresight adviser Philippe Crist also explained that while dominant now, the platform model adopted by the likes of Uber, Lyft, and Didi Chuxing would serve... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Wednesday, November 14, 2018 - 15:34
I challenge you to become a great smart city catalyst. To transform your community by democratizing access to technology, adapting to your communities’ needs, and learning from your mistakes. Cities are investing in housing, business, transportation, and technology to turn our urban centers into smart places that can cope with unprecedented growth. But there’s one element at the heart of great... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Wednesday, November 14, 2018 - 15:29
Wilder weather and other stresses could lead to knock-on effects such as high crime rates and civil unrest, analysts warn BARCELONA - Africa's rapidly expanding cities face huge threats from climate change over the next 30 years, which could bring knock-on effects such as higher crime rates and civil unrest, risk analysts said on Wednesday. Researchers at UK-based Verisk Maplecroft found 84 of... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Tuesday, November 13, 2018 - 13:29
With a population that’s swelling by about 700,000 each year, India’s capital could be the world’s biggest megacity by 2028. The effects of unbridled urbanization are inescapable in India’s capital city. Smog blankets landmarks like India Gate in winter, delaying flights at the airport due to poor visibility. Traffic jams are part of the daily routine and slums abut New Delhi’s luxury hotels and... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Tuesday, November 13, 2018 - 12:56
The near-term future of Earth is one of a warming planet, as urban expansion and greenhouse gas emissions stoke the effects of climate change. Current climate projections show that in U.S. cities temperatures are expected to rise by 2 to 7 C (3.6 to 12.6 F) by the year 2099. To try and adapt to this warming and maintain livability on the planet, researchers are looking into new ways of... Read more

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