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[ News ] Posted on Monday, July 4, 2011 - 09:51
With help from Turkey, the city of Lipjan in Kosovo is becoming an important educational centre. In 2000, Turkish investors opened the Mehmet Akif College, the first private school built after the armed conflict in Kosovo. Covering kindergarten through 12th grade, it provides instruction in Albanian, Turkish, and English, and also has campuses in Prizren and Gjakova. The Turkish government also... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Friday, July 1, 2011 - 14:35
The rainy season has started in the rest of the country, but in Widou, in the heart of the Ferlo region in northern Senegal, the first raindrops won’t fall until the end of July. In these tough times between harvests, most of the flocks have migrated to the South in hopes of grazing. Here, on the brown and parched land, all that is left is a pitiful looking green carpet burned by the sun and... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Friday, July 1, 2011 - 13:43
In an increasing digital world, Information and Communication Technologies are crucial for Local Governments as they are key factors for innovation, local competitiveness, social progress and increase of productivity. Based on this, the United Cities and Local Governments Committee on Digital and Knowledge-based Cities has launched the Smart Cities Index Survey. This is the first study on the... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Friday, July 1, 2011 - 11:03
Nairobi, 29 June, 2011 - In its quest for safer cities around the world, UN-HABITAT has been working with the Universidad Alberto Hurtado in Santiago, Chile, to produce a new set of guidelines aimed at the Spanish-speaking world, where many cities, especially in Latin America, are notorious for high levels of violence and crime. "Improving a neighbourhood involves an overhaul of all dimensions of... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Friday, July 1, 2011 - 10:58
Despite having the world's most energy efficient, least polluting auto fleet, greenhouse gas emissions from the transportation sector continue to rise in Sweden. Professor Firmin DeBrabander, chair of Maryland Institute of Art's Humanistic Studies, doesn't oppose energy efficiency or green technology, but wants to "reform our absurd consumption habits." "Through generous subsidies, Sweden... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Friday, July 1, 2011 - 10:48
The Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat (CTBUH) is pleased to announce the winners of its annual "Best Tall Building" awards for 2011. These awards recognize outstanding tall buildings from each of four geographical regions, and this year are awarded to: "New York by Gehry" at Eight Spruce Street, New York (Americas); Guangzhou International Finance Center, Guangzhou (Asia &... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Thursday, June 30, 2011 - 12:11
Predictable cities like San Francisco, Seattle, and Portland are in the Top 10, but cities like San Diego and San Jose also hold prominent spots on the list. Boyd Cohen, CEO of CO2 IMPACT, a carbon origination company based in Vancouver, Canada, breaks down what these cities have done to reduce carbon emissions. Denver is #5: "According to a city press release, Denver's Fast Track "is the most... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Thursday, June 30, 2011 - 12:02
Travertine City would house 35,000 residents on the shores of the Salton Sea, California's largest - and most unpleasant - body of water. Developers claim that it will be a model of sustainability. Josh Stephens sets the scene: "With a surface level at 227 feet below sea level and shoreline temperatures often rising past 120 degrees, the Salton Sea could be mistaken for the headwaters of the... Read more
[ Event ] Posted on Wednesday, June 29, 2011 - 15:03
The event would revolve around the theme: “Bridging Cities, Transforming Lives." Aligned with the goals of the 2011-2016 Philippine Development Plan, the theme articulates the commitment of the Philippine cities to be more proactive in the pursuit of sustainable development. It also recognizes the major role of cities worldwide in providing high quality public services and shaping the development... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Wednesday, June 29, 2011 - 13:37
TISA The Informal School of Architecture in Cova do Vapor, Portugal Mission: To document, value and strengthen architecture without architects. 'After publishing the Incremental Housing Strategy in India, Urban Nouveau received love letters by students from all over the world. These students identified themselves with our organic process driven by reality, in a deep connection with local people... Read more