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[ News ] Posted on Thursday, December 7, 2017 - 10:22
In just a few months, an emerging startup in Stockholm will attempt to change how urban farmers think about sustainability—and how building owners can benefit from being eco-friendly. A Swedish company called Plantagon is expected to open a basement farm under a 26-floor office tower in the city without paying a cent in rent. How? If all goes according to plan, the heat from the LED lights... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Thursday, December 7, 2017 - 10:17
Currently, they are researching on urban and peri urban issues linked to food security, sanitation, rural immigration and all other challenges related to rapid population growth in Uganda and Africa in general. On Monday, while speaking during an International conference on urbanisation and its impact on Peri-urban water and food security in Africa, Prof. Elly Sabiiti the lead convener, said... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Thursday, December 7, 2017 - 10:00
New research confirms the importance of urban planning in empowering local governments and communities to manage their own recovery after a humanitarian crisis. Elizabeth Parker argues that humanitarian agencies can support the challenging planning process by sharing knowledge, experience, staff, tools and technology. The aftermath of the Boxing Day tsunami in Banda Aceh, Indonesia. Image... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Wednesday, December 6, 2017 - 11:31
The London plan, the latest draft of which was published at the end of November, is the great ocean-going liner of London mayoral politics. It carries as its cargo all the mayor’s most important policies, as it sails from draft to adoption, navigating the choppy waters of public consultation and examination-in-public on its way. As soon as the plan’s two to three-year journey is completed, it... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Wednesday, December 6, 2017 - 11:12
ImaMore children are homeless or living in temporary accommodation than at any time since the 2007-08 financial crash, with many sharing a single room with their entire family and with nothing to cook on. An estimated 128,000 children are facing such conditions, which the housing charity Shelter says is “a national scandal”. It estimates that 140 families become homeless every day. One father the... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Wednesday, December 6, 2017 - 10:38
The Embassy of Sweden in Dhaka and WaterAid Bangladesh have joined hands to implement a five-year project titled WASH4UrbanPoor to alleviate water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) crisis among the urban poor population in Bangladesh. The Swedish Embassy signed an agreement with WaterAid through Sida – Swedish International Development Corporation Agency – to eliminate sanitation and hygiene... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Wednesday, December 6, 2017 - 10:32
As Addis Ababa creaks under the weight of a mushrooming populace, sub-Saharan Africa’s largest housing project is under way. But who benefits? Wrapped in a white shawl and sporting a wide-brimmed cowboy hat, Haile stares out at his cattle as they graze in a rocky patch of grass. “My family and I have been here since I was a child,” he says, nodding at the small, rickety houses to his right. “But... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Wednesday, December 6, 2017 - 10:21
Urban floods make the news with alarming regularity. Just in the past few months, Hurricane Harvey submerged Houston, and the seasonal monsoon crippled cities in South Asia. Dramatic floods from increasingly severe storms come with a steep cost, both human and financial, and the problem will only get worse with climate change. One of the biggest culprits for the deadly toll these floods wreak?... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Wednesday, December 6, 2017 - 10:05
Governor Jerry Brown says a lot of things, and he said some contradictory things at the United Nations Climate Change Conference in Bonn in mid-November. As Special Advisor for States and Regions, Brown made several speeches and appearances during which he talked about the importance of tackling climate change. “Please, push yourself to the furthest degree,” he said to world leaders gathered to... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Wednesday, December 6, 2017 - 09:55
Sometimes it’s better to adapt and retreat before the waters rise again. Images of the havoc that natural disasters wreak upon the built environment are part of our cultural consciousness. They have been since the birth of photography. Yet the past decade or so has seen a worrisome convergence: the parallel increases in the ubiquity of media technology and the number and severity of devastating... Read more

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