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[ News ] Posted on Monday, February 11, 2019 - 17:17
With limited resources and little room for failure, choosing the right procurement strategy has been crucial for US cities to stay ahead of the innovation curve. Standard procurement processes are restrictive. They take time and lack the flexibility required to change and adapt specifications to the reality of the problem they are trying to solve. Searching for the right partner through a... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Monday, February 11, 2019 - 17:12
Bike equity is a powerful tool for reducing inequality. Too often, cycling infrastructure is tailored only to wealthy white cyclists. Designing for bikes has become a hallmark of forward-looking modern cities worldwide. Bike-friendly city ratings abound, and advocates promote cycling as a way to reduce problems ranging from air pollution to traffic deaths. But urban cycling investments tend to... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Monday, February 11, 2019 - 17:06
Our homes play a number of vital roles in our lives. They are where we rest, spend time with friends and family, and can be most ourselves. Given this central role it is not surprising that researchers have found a number of important relationships between the homes we live in and our health. A lot of this evidence uses subjective measures, where people are asked in surveys to rate their... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Monday, February 11, 2019 - 15:58
Cities today have to make difficult choices around urban adaptation. There are currently too many tasks, too many options, too many alternative scenarios for cities to “see” solutions without access to data. The Urban Adaptation Assessment (UAA) is a tool designed to make local level choices easier to visualize and articulate.   Exploring Future Climate Costs and Current Vulnerabilities Developed... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Thursday, February 7, 2019 - 09:53
As cities look to plan for rapid population expansion, and to make the most out of their infrastructure, one of the first places they might focus on is parking. An increasing number of cities have started to eliminate minimum parking requirements for developers, aiming to increase walkability and decrease car dependency. This trend brings to light the problems with existing infrastructure. The... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Thursday, February 7, 2019 - 09:46
Think of the biggest cities in the world. The megacities. True giants with populations of over 10 million people. Tokyo will, of course, be on your list. So too Delhi, Shanghai, Mexico City, New York, Cairo. Possibly Lagos, Jakarta and Chongqing if you pride yourself on keeping your geography general knowledge up to date. But Chengdu? Hyderabad? Luanda? They are among 10 cities that the UN... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Thursday, February 7, 2019 - 09:12
Rapid urban population growth is driving many cities around the world to reduce their carbon footprints. In Canada, two major policy agendas are designed to achieve this: boosting urban density and promoting low-carbon transportation such as electric vehicles (EVs). Despite their overlap, these goals are often pursued separately through disjointed planning strategies. In time, ad-hoc policies... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Tuesday, February 5, 2019 - 15:43
The Divided City is set in an opportune moment to assess how cities in India fare up to the challenge of inclusive urbanization. Each of the chapters inspects this question from multiple dimensions supported by empirical evidence. The research underscores how and where the urban pathway departs from the goal of inclusion, through several fissures, including but not limited to: (1) spatial and... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Tuesday, February 5, 2019 - 15:30
If you live in just about any North American city, you can whip out your smartphone and hail a ride whenever you want. In San Francisco, ride-hailing has been available since Uber launched in 2010, and breakneck expansion over the next five years brought the company and its competitors to cities as small as Easton, Pennsylvania. Places like Austin, Texas, might have temporarily booted Uber and... Read more
[ 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