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[ News ] Posted on Friday, December 15, 2017 - 09:44
A pair of studies from LSE suggests that developing countries are better off with smaller cities. When it comes to cities and urbanization, it is generally thought that bigger is better. But a pair of recent studies suggests that although industrialized nations may have benefitted from larger cities, the same is not true for the rapidly urbanizing areas of the developing world. In these parts of... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Friday, December 15, 2017 - 09:20
The design of cities is a collaborative process, or at least it should be. Planning should be a process that engages communities and those tasked with designing places. However, some people are alienated by planning processes. Their experiences of planning are often abstract, complicated and occasionally baffling! At the World Design Summit in Montreal, I heard Jan Gehl, drawing on Jane Jacobs’... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Thursday, December 14, 2017 - 14:25
Urbanisation presents grave challenges to devolved governments. The World Bank estimates that less than 50 per cent of residents of informal settlements have access to reasonable quality of water and sanitation services. 80 per cent rely on energy sources that are harmful to their health, 60-70 per cent are unable to afford proper health services while unemployment stands at 70 per cent. Such a... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Thursday, December 14, 2017 - 12:46
The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) has partnered with city mayors from all over the world to mobilise more than $1.5 billion in urban investment to help combat climate change. The bank announced this week a partnership with the Global Covenant of Mayors for Climate & Energy (GCMCE), which is an international alliance of more than 7,500 cities and local governments... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Thursday, December 14, 2017 - 12:46
Moving about a city not only drains valuable time and energy, but also contributes a large share of greenhouse gas emissions. Estimates show that the United States economy loses over $120 billion a year due to traffic congestion and that this congestion contributes to 27 percent of the country’s carbon dioxide emissions. The Center for Economics and Business Research predicts that these costs... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Thursday, December 14, 2017 - 11:57
What are the social implications of rapid population growth in less developed countries? Through most of history, the human population has lived a rural lifestyle, dependent on agriculture and hunting for survival. In 1800, only 3 percent of the world's population lived in urban areas. By 1900, almost 14 percent were urbanites, although only 12 cities had 1 million or more inhabitants. In 1950,... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Thursday, December 14, 2017 - 10:26
GURUGRAM: CM Manohar Lal Khattar kicked off the integrated waste management project for Gurgaon and Faridabad from the city on Wednesday afternoon as residents continue protests against the plan. The minister laid foundation stones of 11 solid waste transfer stations in Gurgaon and said four more stations later. These stations will be used as temporary waste centres where the waste collected... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Thursday, December 14, 2017 - 10:17
Challenges in waste management are quite prevalent, not just in Kenya, but also globally. The problem is exacerbated in the developing countries due to the high population growth and the rapid and sometimes unplanned urbanisation. The main reasons are infrastructural inadequacies and changing consumption trends or habits.  Urban centres bear the largest share of the burden in waste... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Thursday, December 14, 2017 - 10:10
The public sector needs a discussion about issues of transparency, fairness and the preservation of human values. The last few years have seen cities around the world embarking on the journey to make their infrastructure and operations more intelligent. Not only are cities investing significant resources to upgrade their physical infrastructure with technology, but analytical solutions are being... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Thursday, December 14, 2017 - 10:09
The second international conference on sustainable urbanization which began yesterday will propose solutions to challenging urban developmen. In Cameroon, just like in other African countries, it is common to see slum neighbourhoods which are heavily populated urban areas characterized by substandard housing, inadequate access to clean water and sanitation, and a constantly changing residential... Read more