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[ News ] Posted on Monday, September 25, 2017 - 12:21
India’s urban population is projected to have an addition of 404 million people between 2014 and 2050, having the highest annual growth rate among major economies. As inequalities in income and opportunities remain unchecked, India is currently facing a severe urbanization challenge with the socio-spatial hierarchy penetrating even deeper. It is only recently that urban issues are being addressed... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Monday, September 25, 2017 - 12:06
Corporations like Google and Amazon reap the spoils of winner-take-all urbanism. Here’s how they can also bear greater responsibility. As some of the main drivers and primary beneficiaries of the recent urban revival, anchor institutions are often the largest employers in their communities. While typical examples of “anchor institutions” include large universities, hospitals, and medical centers... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Monday, September 25, 2017 - 11:44
By 2050, the United Nations predicts that around 66% of the world’s populationwill be living in urban areas. It is expected that the greatest expansion will take place in developing regions such as Africa and Asia. Cities in these parts will be challenged to meet the needs of their residents, and provide sufficient housing, energy, waste disposal, healthcare, transportation, education and... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Monday, September 25, 2017 - 11:12
Guangzhou, 22 September 2017 – The global observation of 2017 World Cities Day will be held in Guangzhou on 31 October, as recently announced in a media briefing in the city. The event is organized by United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat), the Ministry of Housing and Urban-Rural Development of China (MOHURD) and the People’s Government of Guangdong Province, and hosted by... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Thursday, September 21, 2017 - 12:54
The concept of Smart Cities offers the promise of urban hubs leveraging connected technologies to become increasingly prosperous, safe, healthy, resilient, and clean. What may not be obvious in achieving these objectives is that many already-existing utility assets can serve as the foundation for a Smart City transition. The following is a broad discussion on the areas of overlap between... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Thursday, September 21, 2017 - 12:48
These small things can make a big impact Whether you live in the farthest suburb or in the heart of downtown, how you move around your city shapes your social interactions, your job, and even your family dynamics. Peruse the news, however, and you’ll find a laundry list of transportation nightmares: subway systems in a state of emergency, declining ridership in our biggest metro areas, and ... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Thursday, September 21, 2017 - 12:19
Cities don't usually pop up out of nowhere. For centuries, urban areas grew in incremental steps as populations blossomed and the economic climate steadily got better. That's changing. Speculative urbanization refers to the phenomenon where developments form at a rapid rate — not in response to demand, but in anticipation of it. In places like China and India, suburban housing compounds, vanity... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Thursday, September 21, 2017 - 11:45
Today, megacities have become synonymous with economic growth. In both developing and developed countries, cities with populations of 10 million or more account for one-third to one-half of their gross domestic product. Many analysts and policymakers think this trend is here to stay. The rise of big data analytics and mobile technology should spur development, they assert, transforming... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Wednesday, September 20, 2017 - 16:17
In January 2016, Google established an engineering hub in Singapore to develop software for its Android operating system. In doing so, the company created 1000 jobs and spent an estimated $1.1bn. Google’s Singapore operation is an example of the billions in foreign direct investment (FDI) that flow into the Asia-Pacific region every year. Indeed, the region accounted for more than 30% of... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Wednesday, September 20, 2017 - 13:49
In most of the world’s countries, especially in Africa and Asia, cities are growing fast. People and capital are rapidly flowing into urban centres in search of opportunity. But is there any guiding vision behind this process of urbanization? Will it lead to well-planned, sustainable and prosperous cities where every person has a chance to succeed? Or will it unfold haphazardly, with residents... Read more

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