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[ News ] Posted on Monday, November 5, 2018 - 18:09
Earth’s rural areas are being transformed by climate change and technology. In the opening scene of Blade Runner 2049, a flying craft navigates California over an endless expanse of solar farms and tessellated plastic fields on its way to a desolate farmstead. Watching it, I was struck by the dazzling futuristic spectacle, but also surprised to see the countryside at all in a science-fiction film... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Monday, November 5, 2018 - 16:15
Sustainable, smart cities are at the heart of all conversations about the rising demand for cooling and rapid urbanization. This is not surprising: if you scrambled for ways to keep cool in the city during the heatwave this summer in Europe, chances are you weren’t alone. Across the world, extreme weather and prolonged heatwaves set records and, understandably, drive a previously unseen demand... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Monday, November 5, 2018 - 16:10
Rapid urbanisation is a key factor in both, the rising levels of malnutrition and obesity, in Asia and the Pacific BANGKOK - Hundreds of millions of children and adults in Asia's rapidly expanding cities are undernourished, and will remain so without "inclusive, sustainable and nutrition-sensitive" urban planning, United Nations officials said on Friday. The Asia-Pacific region has the world's... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Monday, November 5, 2018 - 16:01
Around the world, new developments are increasingly framed as sustainable to both policymakers and prospective buyers. They are seen as a “win-win” for the environment and the economy. However, recent concerns suggest social inequality often results. Barangaroo is one such green development on the harbourfront in Sydney, Australia. What was once a contaminated, dilapidated, post-industrial wharf... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Monday, November 5, 2018 - 15:21
What is Urbanization? Ideally, urbanization refers to condensation of population from rural areas to urban sector. The urban sector could be a built-up area such as a town or city. The general reasons behind this migration could be better economic, political and social mileages compared to rural areas. Today, urbanization has become a common feature of Indian society. What magnetizes people to... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Monday, November 5, 2018 - 15:15
Embedded in the cerebral folds of every city planner who’s ever lived, there’s a cluster of neurons that lights up like Las Vegas when confronted with the possibility of a blank slate. It started with Hippodamus, the man Aristotle claimed was the father of urban planning. When the Persians destroyed his hometown of Miletus, Hippodamus discovered a bright side to catastrophe: The attackers had... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Friday, November 2, 2018 - 10:45
Expert Group Meeting on the Role of Children and Youth in co-creating Inclusive Public Spaces Written by Joyati Das, Co-Chair of Partner Constituent Group of Children and Youth, General Assembly of Partners In this urbanising century, space is a contested issue; an enabler of change and fortune for some, often an instrument to exclude and alienate others. For young people, public space such as... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Thursday, November 1, 2018 - 12:04
Rapid urbanization is one of the major forces shaping our global economic future. A century ago, it was almost unfathomable that any person would want to live in a city with 10 million other people, but by the 1930s, New York City was the first metropolitan area to pass the mark. Fast forward to today, and there are 33 urban areas that meet the definition of a “megacity” spread throughout the... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Thursday, November 1, 2018 - 12:04
Amid the barrage of news about climate-related natural disasters and climate change summits, it’s important to recognize real inflection points—when there is truly cause to sit up and take note. The IPCC Special Report on Global Warming of 1.5ºC, released last month, is a genuine wake up call. We are already at one degree Celsius warming beyond pre-industrial averages. Limiting global warming to... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Thursday, November 1, 2018 - 11:57
On World Cities Day, the U.N. chief highlights the need to build resilience to disasters and other threats in fast-growing urban areas BARCELONA - As 1.4 million people move to cities each week, local abilities to keep residents safe can become strained, increasing the risk of disasters, warned the United Nations secretary-general. "The answer is to build resilience to storms, floods, earthquakes... Read more