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[ News ] Posted on Thursday, June 11, 2020 - 00:00
For professional optimists like me in the business of advancing an alternative, more wholesome economic model, the temptation can be strong to project our dreams of a better world onto the COVID-19 screens where different futures are playing out. These “screens” of course are no blank canvases: rather, stages upon which diverse actors, old and new, motivated by their own designs and pandemic-... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Wednesday, May 27, 2020 - 00:00
Officials are harnessing networks and tools devised for responding to better-known risks like climate change to tackle the COVID-19 crisis. The crisis is paving the way for more futuristic cities, resilient to future pandemics. Green travel solutions have also been at the heart of many cities' plans to rebuild. In early 2018, parched by a severe drought, Cape Town rallied its residents and... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Monday, May 18, 2020 - 00:00
With city dwellers forced to stay home during lockdowns, some architects are rethinking urban infrastructure to promote a more local lifestyle and help people adapt to a post-pandemic world. "The benefits of a well-planned compact city include shorter commute times, cleaner air, and reduced noise and the consumption of fossil fuels and energy." From making city cycling safer to promoting social... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Thursday, May 7, 2020 - 21:30
Ghost-like cities with deserted metro cars and empty buses have been a vivid manifestation of how COVID-19 has affected society worldwide. As elsewhere, public transport ridership in Chinese cities dipped precipitously during the early days of the pandemic. But as the outbreak in China has been gradually contained and people begin to return to work, China’s cities are re-opening transport systems... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Tuesday, May 5, 2020 - 00:00
As the world reels from the COVID-19 pandemic, investment packages are taking shape to provide relief and recovery. Cities from New York to Nairobi are not only on the frontlines of the health and economic impacts, but they provide immense opportunities for smart reinvestments that can kick-start economies and help shape societies to be more resilient and equitable. The United States alone has... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Wednesday, April 29, 2020 - 00:00
Across the world, from Wuhan to New York City, cities are on the frontline of the unfolding COVID-19 crisis. Starting with overwhelmed heath care systems, cities are experiencing unprecedented strain across social, economic and environmental systems as economies grind to a standstill. Public transit systems are in a financial tailspin. Already a challenge at the best of times, the struggle to... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Tuesday, April 14, 2020 - 18:49
Housing and basic services and their centrality to health outcomes is no longer viewed as separate areas but part of the broader housing system in the current COVID-19 pandemic. More than ever we have learnt how central our human settlements are and how they need to be supported with integrated and tailored responses. This paper discusses housing issues at the centre of our coronavirus response... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Tuesday, April 14, 2020 - 00:00
The COVID-19 pandemic has created a disruptive new normal for everyone through shelter-in-place orders and social distancing guidelines. But for the billions of urban poor, these guidelines aren’t just burdensome; they’re essentially impossible. Social distancing is a critically important response to the pandemic, but it also assumes that residents have adequate space, services and social safety... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Tuesday, March 31, 2020 - 01:42
Pandemics are defined as large-scale outbreaks of an infectious disease that can vastly increase morbidity (occurrence of disease) and mortality over a wide geographic area.  Inevitably, pandemics cause significant economic, social, and political disruption. Most pandemics in history have originated through “zoonosis’, the transmission of pathogens from animals to humans. The bubonic plague of... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Tuesday, March 31, 2020 - 01:34
At the time of writing, Italy’s coronavirus (COVID-19) death toll stood at 8,215, with 80,589 confirmed cases. In the midst of an unprecedented public health crisis, city officials and departments are having to adapt rapidly to new challenges and find innovative ways to keep people safe while running day-to-day business. “In three days we moved 4,000 city staff from their desks to ‘smart working... Read more

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