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[ News ] Posted on Monday, April 15, 2019 - 17:18
Here is something you might try if you live in Britain. Go to your favourite urban place, whether it be the centre of a large city or a small market town. Close your eyes, turn around three times and walk in that direction for 15 minutes (or an hour if you’re in London). I can predict with a reasonable degree of confidence that the place where you end up will be crap. You may be stuck in the no-... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Monday, April 15, 2019 - 16:49
Contrary to popular belief, the developed world isn’t the best role model when it comes to urban development. In fact, says Gerald Babel-Suter, the founder and CEO of the Urban Future Global Conference, the developing world can learn more about what not to do from Europe and North America than what to do. A classic example, he says in an interview, is mobility. “Everything has been centered... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Monday, April 15, 2019 - 16:42
Every year, the world’s most “liveable” cities are celebrated, in city rankings published by Mercer, the Economist Intelligence Unit, and Monocle Magazine. Global institutions including UN Habitat and the OECD are also joining consultancies, media organisations and think tanks, in the quest to compare living standards and well-being in cities. At the last count, there were more than 30 urban... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Monday, April 15, 2019 - 16:33
While cities worldwide are engines of growth and prosperity, this growth is unevenly shared across social groups and often fails to trickle down to certain categories of the population. Although inequalities have fallen globally over the past three decades thanks to 500 million people lifted out of poverty in China, inequalities within and across countries have increased, with 10 percent of the... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Monday, April 15, 2019 - 15:36
Urban transformation award goes to SARSAI for creating safer journeys to school in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, and across Africa NEW YORK (April 10, 2019)—The inaugural WRI Ross Prize for Cities, a $250,000 award celebrating and spotlighting urban transformation, was awarded to SARSAI, which stands for School Area Road Safety Assessments and Improvements, an incisive, easily replicable and highly... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Monday, April 15, 2019 - 15:22
Extreme weather events, such as Cyclone Idai that has recently devastated Beira, Mozambique, and Hurricane Harvey that hit Houston, USA, in 2017 are the types of climate extremes that cities increasingly have to prepare for. Cities, particularly those with extensive informal settlements in the developing world, are being hit hard by these new climatic realities. Although rapid onset disasters... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Wednesday, April 10, 2019 - 16:40
Trump appointee David Malpass says climate change action plan remains a priority   Donald Trump’s choice to run the World Bank has moved swiftly to allay fears that his appointment will lead to a softening of the organisation’s approach to climate change. In his first day at the helm of the Washington-based institution, David Malpass said helping developing countries cope with global warming... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Wednesday, April 10, 2019 - 15:33
The city is creating a network of walkable, mixed-use “superblocks.” Salvador Rueda is gripped by a vision for Barcelona. In his mind’s eye, he sees a city no longer dominated by automobiles. Most streets once devoted to cars have been transformed into walkable, mixed-use public spaces, what he calls “superblocks,” where pedestrians, cyclists, and citizens mix in safety. Each resident has access... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Wednesday, April 10, 2019 - 15:26
Nine essential ingredients for happier, healthier cities   What’s the recipe for happier cities? When we ask this question of friends who design and plan cities, they are unfailingly generous with their opinions. Some architects answer that it’s all about aesthetics. Some traffic engineers say it’s about level of service — that is, how efficiently they can move cars around. Landscape architects... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Wednesday, April 10, 2019 - 15:14
Overcrowded, dirty, and disorderly cities undermine residents’ health as much as their happiness. With urbanization occurring at an unprecedented rate, there is an urgent need for careful planning, collaboration, communication, and consensus. SINGAPORE – Dante’s Divine Comedy describes one level of hell (the City of Dis) as“Satan’s wretched city … full of distress and torment terrible.” He could... Read more