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[ News ] Posted on Wednesday, April 3, 2019 - 17:13
Which countries do people live in, globally? It’s a very simple question, but it’s also hard to get an accurate sense of the answer by browsing through a lengthy table of country-level population data. That’s because there are close to 200 countries spread around the globe, with populations ranging from near 1.4 billion (China or India) to countries a mere 0.001% of that size. How is it... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Wednesday, April 3, 2019 - 17:07
Whether moving freight or people, rail is far more energy efficient and less polluting than other transportation modes. And it could get even cleaner. Transportation represents a large portion—about 29 percent—of U.S. emissions, and the share has been rising in recent years. Rail proponents often argue that investment in trains and public transportation is a key part of making transportation... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Wednesday, April 3, 2019 - 17:03
What does it take to be a happy and healthy city? In any city, myriad factors go into the mix – and of course we are not dealing with just one kind of city. But, due to the world history of colonisation, models are still too often European-centric. In particular, we need to adjust how we think about cities in the tropics. For a start, almost half of the world’s population lives in the tropics ... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Wednesday, April 3, 2019 - 11:26
Debate in Barcelona argues if it is possible to promote the internationalisation of metropolises without causing the gentrification and impoverishment of their territory One of the main challenges facing large cities and metropolitan areas is the contradiction between their important role in the global economy and society, and the unequal distribution, within their own territories, of the... Read more
[ Event ] Posted on Wednesday, April 3, 2019 - 08:00
Special Issue of Cities, the International Journal of Urban Policy and Planning: This special issue seeks to bring together a collection of critical perspectives on the social and spatial implications of the diffusion of autonomous vehicles in cities. In particular, the special issue will seek to publish contributions that stimulate debates and improve our understanding of how urban planning and... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Tuesday, April 2, 2019 - 12:16
When Rani, a mother of five in Khulna, Bangladesh, found that the tea stall outside her home kept flooding, she didn’t wait for a government climate resilience program to swoop in. Like many people in urban communities facing the effects of climate change, she took action herself – and she had help from friends. After making her plinth more water-resistant and using corrugated iron sheets to... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Tuesday, April 2, 2019 - 12:12
Migration is getting increasing attention in Australia, with the Morrison government recently putting the focus on settling migrants in regional areas to ease pressure on the capital cities. Newly released statistics show 79% of Australian population growth was in the capital cities in 2017-18. The population of these cities grew by 307,800, a 1.9% increase. This was nearly twice the growth rate... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Tuesday, April 2, 2019 - 12:08
One of the most popular conversations at smart and sustainable city conferences, with good reason, is procurement. This dry but vitally important topic comes up again and again. For years, vendors and city practitioners have been on a quest to better understand and define how their interactions can be more successful and nimble. Tackling the procurement conundrum is key to enabling cities to... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Tuesday, April 2, 2019 - 11:57
I believe that we all have the potential to create social impact, and I’d like to share with the world the secret recipe to help unlock that potential in an effort to build cities that work for every body. In 2011 I co-founded a charity called StopGap Foundation, an organization with a mission to help create a world where every person can access every space. Just over a year ago I put together a... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Tuesday, April 2, 2019 - 11:54
Cities are the defining form of human organization in the 21st century. In 1980, just 1.7 billion people lived in cities. By 2050, the world’s urban population will swell to 6.4 billion. By the end of this century, 80-90% of humanity is expected to be city dwellers. The vast majority of tomorrow’s urban growth will occur in the medium-sized and large sprawling cities of Africa and Asia. And... Read more