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[ News ] Posted on Thursday, October 5, 2017 - 15:18
The results of a four-year interdisciplinary research project show that despite their love of driving, the Swiss are open to the idea of replacing private motor vehicles with other options like public transport, telecommuting – or even moving sidewalks.  The results of the PostCarWorldexternal link research project, funded by the Swiss National Science Foundation, were presented at the Swiss... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Wednesday, October 4, 2017 - 14:35
Developers' proposal envisions two highrise towers with strict environmental building standards A rezoning application has been submitted to the city of Vancouver that would see the construction of a two-tower development giving off close to zero greenhouse gas emissions.  The developers, Landa Global Properties and Asia Standard Americas, have submitted an application for a 43 and 48-storey... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Wednesday, October 4, 2017 - 12:59
The convergence of technology and the city is seen as a possible remedy for the challenging issues of urbanisation. Autonomous vehicles are among the most popular of many smart city solutions. Also known as driverless car technology, it could reshape our cities. One recent prediction is that by 2040 these vehicles will account for up to half of all road travel. A growing number of studies are... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Wednesday, October 4, 2017 - 12:44
As more people live in bigger cities with larger infrastructure creating greater pollution, we need to know more about the quality of air. Every year approximately 7.7 million people die from the effects of air pollution, a poisonous problem that damages health and costs the global economy an estimated $225 billion annually. Measuring, analysing, understanding, and reducing the levels of air... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Wednesday, October 4, 2017 - 12:30
This week Mastercard released its 2017 Global Destination Cities Index, which provides a ranking of the 132 most visited cities around the world. Measured by the number of international overnight visitors, the study, now in its ninth year, predicts which countries will be the most visited in 2017. From Mumbai to Miami, here are the 30 cities set to see the most visitors this year: 30.... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Wednesday, October 4, 2017 - 11:51
Baltimore’s approach to waste management is shaped by its complicated history and complex geography. As the city began to develop in its early history, it was a port town with tightly-packed rowhomes and narrow streets on the waterfront. As it has grown out into the suburbs, single-family homes have popped up and roads have widened. A varied geography isn’t Baltimore’s only challenge when it... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Wednesday, October 4, 2017 - 11:22
Planting trees is an incredibly cheap and simple way to improve the well-being of people in a city. A novel idea: Public health institutions should be financing urban greenery to support well-being and air quality. Think of a tree-lined street in the midst of a busy city. It feels like something of a treasure: hushed, cool, and sheltered from noise and sidewalk glare. These leafy streets... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Wednesday, October 4, 2017 - 11:11
Trees have proved to aid mental health, decrease obesity and other health risks, and just generally make people happier. But they are often thought of as a luxury rather than a vital component of healthcare or urban infrastructure. In a new report, The Nature Conservancy, a conservation-focused nonprofit, argues that trees are an important public health asset and should be funded as such. “Just... Read more
[ Event ] Posted on Wednesday, October 4, 2017 - 09:23
The second edition of Urban ARC, the annual research conference at the Indian Institute for Human Settlements (IIHS) will be held from 11 – 13 January 2018, at the IIHS Bangalore City Campus. The theme for 2018 edition is ‘City and Technology’. The call for sessions emphasises the wide-ranging nature of both “city” and “technology”. The conference aims to use diverse disciplinary and... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Tuesday, October 3, 2017 - 16:21
ULAN BATOR, Mongolia — The land beneath Dolgor Dashnyam’s home is wet and gritty and smells of decay. Here, atop one of Ulan Bator’s largest landfills, Ms. Dashnyam lives under a roof made of soggy mattresses. She spends her days rummaging through piles of gin bottles and discarded animal bones, picking up pieces of scrap metal to sell in order to buy water and bread. Ms. Dashnyam, 55, was once... Read more