News and Events Latest stories, evidence of impact, media information

[ News ] Posted on Tuesday, February 5, 2019 - 14:49
Combine pockets of rural land, reduce food waste, improve farming and encourage urbanites to eat less meat, urge Baojing Gu and colleagues. As the world’s population rises, and expanding cities pave over fertile soils, it is becoming harder to produce food for everyone1–3. By 2050, more than twice as many people will live in cities as did so in 2000, and on three times as much urban land. Around... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Tuesday, February 5, 2019 - 11:03
The use of paper played a fundamental role in sharing information and preserving knowledge from one generation to the other. Paper is the tool that allowed the world’s greatest thinkers, scientists, and artists to turn their individual creativity and knowledge into mass enlightenment. It is the reason people were able to communicate through the distances, a vital element of legal validation and a... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Tuesday, February 5, 2019 - 10:58
Although momentum in the global economy appears to have peaked, many Asian cities maintain their rapid pace of urbanisation and strong economic growth. Asia Pacific is now home to 19 of the world’s 20 most dynamic cities, according to JLL’s City Momentum Index, which identifies cities that have the strongest short-term economic and real estate market momentum. Kenya’s Nairobi is the only city... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Monday, February 4, 2019 - 16:07
City planners and politicians have long taken the view that the trajectory of a city’s evolution should and could only be seen in terms of growth, whether economic or demographic. This is what sociologist Harvey Molotch meant when he referred to the “urban growth machine”: historically, the driving force for cities has been growth and the idea that growth is constant. Yet some territories have... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Monday, February 4, 2019 - 15:26
In cities, access to parks is strongly linked with better health for both people and neighborhoods. Children suffer higher rates of obesity when they grow up in urban areas without a park in easy reach. Because low-income neighborhoods have fewer green spaces, poorer children are most likely to face other health problems, too, including asthma due to poor air quality. But access to green... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Monday, February 4, 2019 - 15:21
An invisible force - design - shapes the answers to fundamental questions about society, debated every day: Who gets to benefit from economic growth? Who gets to participate in society? Who gets to feel welcome, and where? Through formal and informal design processes, dozens of choices are being made that ultimately lead to the way places, objects, services, and systems work. Whether we realize... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Monday, February 4, 2019 - 15:17
Poor land records, rampant speculation and weak or corrupt implementation of regulations means that cities are using land inefficiently Urban areas are expected to grow by 80 percent by the end of the next decade, and unless they grow up rather than out, they could be in trouble, according to a new report from the World Resources Institute and Yale University. But poor land records, rampant... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Monday, February 4, 2019 - 15:03
“Cities were once the most helpless and devastated victims of disease, but they became great disease conquerors.” —Jane Jacobs, The Death and Life of Great American Cities Urban history passed a landmark in 2017. For the first time, more than half the people in low- and middle-income countries live in cities. But as urbanization continues to accelerate, particularly in poorer nations, the world... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Friday, February 1, 2019 - 15:44
2018 was an eventful year with discussions, policy actions and urban investments impacting critical themes in city development, urban planning, and sustainable urbanization. While some topics and trends, such as the scurry by cities for Amazon HQ2 will remain as the most memorable events of the year, other budding innovations in city functioning, investment and management have set the stage for... Read more
[ Event ] Posted on Friday, February 1, 2019 - 14:29
Dublin City Council will host the Velo-City 2019 international cycling conference in Dublin, Ireland from the 25th to the 28th June 2019. The Velo-City conference is the European Cyclists’ Federation (ECF) annual global cycling summit organised by the ECF and selected host cities. The Velo-City conference is the world’s largest conference in the area of cycling, cycling infrastructure, bicycle... Read more