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[ Event ] Posted on Tuesday, October 23, 2018 - 16:28
Barcelona Resilience Week is a common space bringing together all partners and stakeholders working on resilience with a strong focus on how to advance awareness and knowledge to action.  Drawing on the parallel events taking place in Barcelona that same week (Smart City Expo World Congress, C40 Regional Meeting, among others) Barcelona Resilience Week will showcase a wide array of activities and... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Thursday, October 18, 2018 - 09:43
In light of even more dire news about our warming planet, leading thinkers tell us the one thing cities and states could do to cut emissions significantly—and fast. A landmark report released by the U.N. last week has laid out the stakes of a warming planet more starkly than ever. Warming of just 1.5 degrees Celsius could bring on the most severe consequences of climate change, according to the... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Thursday, October 18, 2018 - 09:34
Bike sharing in African cities has lagged due to lack of dedicated lanes and the perception that cycling is for the poor, worsening traffic jams and pollution, experts said on Wednesday. Bike sharing has expanded across North America, Europe and Asia as authorities seek to boost the health of city residents and the planet, but it has struggled to take off in Africa where road networks tend to... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Thursday, October 18, 2018 - 09:26
Four major forces are shaping cities of the future. How can they thrive in the face of challenges and change? The world faces unprecedented rates of urban expansion. According to the United Nations, 55 percent of the global population currently lives in cities. By 2050, that number is expected to reach 68 percent, which means an additional 2.5 billion people will reside in urban areas. China’s... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Thursday, October 18, 2018 - 09:16
It is a well documented fact that approximately 70% of the global population will be living in urban areas by 2050. Every country therefore, will need to find ways to manage urbanization and the challenges associate with it. Urbanization of course derives a number of benefits such as better access to jobs, healthcare, social & cultural integration, improvement of infrastructure, adoption of... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Tuesday, October 16, 2018 - 12:25
If you live in LA, the San Francisco Bay Area, New York, DC, Chicago, or any major US city, you are familiar with the awful, day-destroying traffic problems we already face. I hate sitting in dead-lock, endless tail-light traffic or getting on a metro train that is so crammed full, any train movement sends people stumbling and stepping on each other’s toes. We’re living in a time of population... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Monday, October 15, 2018 - 15:57
In the 1940’s, when Houston’s population was about 400,000 following devastating floods of 1935, city leaders constructed two large reservoirs outside the city to act as detention ponds, should another storm threaten their community. In the decades that followed, however, different leaders, more interested in capitalizing on the boom in oil and gas production, encroached upon these reservoirs,... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Monday, October 15, 2018 - 15:47
The constructed world around us provides the stage for our daily life. The term “built environment” is in the past tense, describing a scenario after the fact. What does it actually mean beyond the obvious connotation of buildings and parks?   If we look closely at these two words they tell a hidden story. We have built, which is made, created and manufactured, and environment, which can be... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Monday, October 15, 2018 - 15:31
With growing slums and emissions - but limited capacity to tackle the problems - these cities are where action will be crucial, experts say BARCELONA - The future that fast-growing cities in South Asia and Africa choose - cleaner and safer, or dirtier and more dangerous - will be pivotal to efforts to limit global warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius, scientists said in a key U.N. report this week.... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Monday, October 15, 2018 - 15:14
The prospect of employment and a brighter future proved a powerful lure in industrializing societies, drawing people en masse from rural areas to emerging urban centres.  In the mid-20th century, as the first megacities sprang up and iconic buildings transformed skylines, cities such as New York and Tokyo became hubs of people, business and opportunity. Today, the bright lights are... Read more