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[ News ] Posted on Monday, April 15, 2019 - 16:42
Every year, the world’s most “liveable” cities are celebrated, in city rankings published by Mercer, the Economist Intelligence Unit, and Monocle Magazine. Global institutions including UN Habitat and the OECD are also joining consultancies, media organisations and think tanks, in the quest to compare living standards and well-being in cities. At the last count, there were more than 30 urban... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Monday, April 15, 2019 - 16:33
While cities worldwide are engines of growth and prosperity, this growth is unevenly shared across social groups and often fails to trickle down to certain categories of the population. Although inequalities have fallen globally over the past three decades thanks to 500 million people lifted out of poverty in China, inequalities within and across countries have increased, with 10 percent of the... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Monday, April 15, 2019 - 15:36
Urban transformation award goes to SARSAI for creating safer journeys to school in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, and across Africa NEW YORK (April 10, 2019)—The inaugural WRI Ross Prize for Cities, a $250,000 award celebrating and spotlighting urban transformation, was awarded to SARSAI, which stands for School Area Road Safety Assessments and Improvements, an incisive, easily replicable and highly... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Monday, April 15, 2019 - 15:22
Extreme weather events, such as Cyclone Idai that has recently devastated Beira, Mozambique, and Hurricane Harvey that hit Houston, USA, in 2017 are the types of climate extremes that cities increasingly have to prepare for. Cities, particularly those with extensive informal settlements in the developing world, are being hit hard by these new climatic realities. Although rapid onset disasters... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Wednesday, April 10, 2019 - 16:40
Trump appointee David Malpass says climate change action plan remains a priority   Donald Trump’s choice to run the World Bank has moved swiftly to allay fears that his appointment will lead to a softening of the organisation’s approach to climate change. In his first day at the helm of the Washington-based institution, David Malpass said helping developing countries cope with global warming... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Wednesday, April 10, 2019 - 15:33
The city is creating a network of walkable, mixed-use “superblocks.” Salvador Rueda is gripped by a vision for Barcelona. In his mind’s eye, he sees a city no longer dominated by automobiles. Most streets once devoted to cars have been transformed into walkable, mixed-use public spaces, what he calls “superblocks,” where pedestrians, cyclists, and citizens mix in safety. Each resident has access... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Wednesday, April 10, 2019 - 15:26
Nine essential ingredients for happier, healthier cities   What’s the recipe for happier cities? When we ask this question of friends who design and plan cities, they are unfailingly generous with their opinions. Some architects answer that it’s all about aesthetics. Some traffic engineers say it’s about level of service — that is, how efficiently they can move cars around. Landscape architects... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Wednesday, April 10, 2019 - 15:14
Overcrowded, dirty, and disorderly cities undermine residents’ health as much as their happiness. With urbanization occurring at an unprecedented rate, there is an urgent need for careful planning, collaboration, communication, and consensus. SINGAPORE – Dante’s Divine Comedy describes one level of hell (the City of Dis) as“Satan’s wretched city … full of distress and torment terrible.” He could... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Wednesday, April 10, 2019 - 14:57
By 2050, urbanization – combined with the overall growth of the world’s population – could add another 2.5 billion people to urban areas by 2050. Close to 90% of this increase will take place in Asia and Africa. While this bodes well for economic agglomerations, many cities are constrained by livability.  Pressure on land resources and urban space is immense in Asia and Africa, with high... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Wednesday, April 10, 2019 - 11:07
Final report of the MetroAirports pilot project report proposes an integrated vision to turn extended airport areas into places that foster the quality of life of metropolitan citizens How do you approach land planning in such complex and fragmented institutional landscapes like airport areas? How to build a shared vision for the long-term development among all the stakeholders involved in those... Read more