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[ News ] Posted on Tuesday, July 31, 2018 - 12:17
United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres today announced the appointment of Victor Kisob of Cameroon as Assistant Secretary-General and Deputy Executive Director of the United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat). He succeeds Aisa Kirabo Kacyira of Rwanda, to whom the Secretary-General is grateful for her dedicated service to the Organization. Ms. Kacyira will continue to... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Tuesday, July 31, 2018 - 12:06
There is increasing recognition that the real estate industry can act as one of the fundamental drivers of a city’s success, contributing to a more competitive, efficient and flexible environment for businesses and communities. The sector plays a key role in transforming neighbourhoods, in providing productive spaces in which citizens can live and work, and in attracting new businesses and... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Tuesday, July 31, 2018 - 11:49
Current mediatised depictions of the so-called ‘refugee crisis’ would have us place this phenomenon in a border fence, raft on the sea or at a makeshift camp. However, this is only the beginning of the story. Paradoxically, some people risk it all in treacherous journeys in search for a safe place to settle. For them and many others, the prospect of opportunities in education and employment or... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Tuesday, July 31, 2018 - 11:41
ne hundred U.S. cities have committed to 100 percent renewable energy (RE); some smaller cities have already achieved 100 percent. Renewables are growing in all 50 states. Most of these cities are overcoming opposition from powerful utilities; federal prioritizing of coal and nuclear; and objections that the sun does not always shine and wind does not always blow. These cities are winning the... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Tuesday, July 31, 2018 - 11:29
More than half the world’s population now lives in urban areas, and the 300 largest metropolitan economies in the world account for nearly half of all global output. The concentration of economic growth and prosperity in large metro areas defines the modern global economy, creating both opportunities and challenges in an era in which national political, economic, and societal trends are... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Wednesday, July 25, 2018 - 18:13
Urbanists have a new playbook: The Assembly Civic Design Guidelines, a new set of recommendations for the public realm published by the Center for Active Design (CfAD)—a nonprofit that promotes design solutions for improving public health—and the Knight Foundation. The CfAD’s recommendations might seem like old hat: plant trees, improve public transit, build more bike lanes. However, the report... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Wednesday, July 25, 2018 - 14:58
On Wednesday, New York City became the first city in the world to report to the United Nations on its progress toward the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The move is part of a larger trend of U.S. cities pursuing environmental progress amid inaction from the federal government, and of New York, in particular, taking an ambitious course on climate policy. The city pledged in 2014 to... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Wednesday, July 25, 2018 - 14:50
Delivery bots, maintenance drones and robot carers are all being tested in real world contexts – and that's just the beginning   Ready or not, autonomous robots are leaving laboratories to be tested in real-world contexts. With more and more people living in cities, these technologies offer ways to cope with ageing populations and poorly maintained infrastructures, while promoting safer transport... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Wednesday, July 25, 2018 - 14:36
With citizen-generated maps and diagrams based on real-life conditions and structured around a holistic framework, the patterns that emerge allow for both residents and planners to ask questions that can lead to both local and regional ecological improvements. Like the human body, cities are living, ever-evolving organisms. Just as diet, exercise, sleep, or laughter can be seen as indicators of... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Wednesday, July 25, 2018 - 11:44
A survey of 155 European cities¹ revealed human capacity constrained innovative responses to local challenges more than finances. Considering a future with more and bigger cities, investing in skills to better manage urban regions is increasingly relevant. Peter Griffiths interviews LSE's Philipp Rode and Savvas Verdis on how new forms of research and executive education are central to plugging... Read more

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