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[ News ] Posted on Wednesday, October 11, 2017 - 12:42
Few things are more frustrating than being stuck in traffic. Yet Americans spent an average of 42 hours waiting out gridlock in 2016, costing commuters a total of $300 billion, or about $1,400 per driver, according to connected car services and analytics company Inrix.  Sitting in traffic can also take a psychological toll on commuters, say researchers Louis-Philippe Beland and Daniel Brent, both... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Wednesday, October 11, 2017 - 12:04
Altering eating habits can make a big difference when it comes to carbon emissions. As cities devise and deploy new strategies to fight climate change—renewable power, electric vehicles, resilient design—a new approach gaining credence in environmental circles may seem a bit low-tech and low reward: changing food policy. How can city governments not only change eating habits, but do so in a way... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Wednesday, October 11, 2017 - 11:38
Expanding cities and changing weather patterns are leaving urban areas increasingly vulnerable to flooding, yet building design and better urban planning can play a key role in mitigating the risks and minimizing damage. Though hurricanes and other major natural events remain relatively rare, flash storms and heavy rainfall are becoming more common across parts of Europe and the US. According to... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Tuesday, October 10, 2017 - 16:22
Cars clogged the streets of Borehamwood, England, an outlying suburb of London, for decades. But in the mid-1990s, the town added new pedestrian-only areas to its center. The change transformed the town, according to Esther Kurland, the director of Urban Design London, a nonprofit that connects urban designers and planners in the city. “This was one of the first ‘traffic calming’ shared space... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Tuesday, October 10, 2017 - 15:32
Indians are flocking to the country’s megacities in huge numbers. More needs to be done to provide them with opportunities and livelihoods in the country’s rural areas, Asit K Biswas, Udisha Saklani and Cecilia Tortajada write. Recently India’s beleaguered cities have been the subject of intense scrutiny and criticism. This year’s monsoon rains have caused many deaths and widespread economic and... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Tuesday, October 10, 2017 - 15:13
Australia is hot. But future extreme hot weather will be worse still, with new researchpredicting that Sydney and Melbourne are on course for 50℃ summer days by the 2040s if high greenhouse emissions continue. That means that places such as Perth, Adelaide and various regional towns could conceivably hit that mark even sooner. This trend is worrying, but not particularly surprising given the fact... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Tuesday, October 10, 2017 - 10:42
Residents of higher-density areas are more active, more socially engaged – and less obese – than people who live in the sprawl of suburbia Contrary to popular belief, busy city centres beat suburban living when it comes to human wellbeing, as socialising and walking make for happier, healthier people, according to a new report. Downtown residents – packed together in tight row houses or apartment... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Friday, October 6, 2017 - 14:21
Gaborone, 05 October 2017 – The Government of Botswana in partnership with UN-Habitat and UNECA held an inception workshop to kick-start the process of monitoring and reporting on Sustainable Development Goal 11. Botswana is one of the four selected countries in Africa (Botswana, Tunisia) and Latin America (Ecuador, Colombia) under the project “Monitoring and Reporting on Human Settlement... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Friday, October 6, 2017 - 13:04
Restoring the human-scale to the modern built environment is a long-term task, key to human health and welfare, that has barely begun. A recent Governing Magazine piece was provocatively titled, "The 'New Urbanism' Movement Might be Dead." Taking that clickbait leads to a piece by respected urban planning essayist William Fulton that is mostly about the success of the New Urbanism. Thirty years... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Thursday, October 5, 2017 - 16:10
With the aim to commemorate the Urban October, as well as the first year of the implementation of the New Urban Agenda, UN-Habitat will create a virtual collage using social media with a daily publication of a project showcasing how the New Urban Agenda is being put into action on the ground. The collage will be based on the Visual Identity of the Implementation of the New Urban Agenda. This... Read more