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[ News ] Posted on Thursday, November 22, 2018 - 12:13
With two-thirds of people expected to live in cities by 2050 and with urban areas accounting for 70 per cent of the emissions that are propelling the planet into a climate unknown, the challenge is both clear and urgent: cities must be reimagined. “We are at a tipping point,” says Martina Otto, head of the Cities Unit at UN Environment. “We have seen sub-national and local governments stepping up... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Tuesday, November 20, 2018 - 11:25
SYDNEY, Australia — Prime Minister Scott Morrison of Australia has proposed imposing stricter limits on immigration to control overcrowding in the country’s major cities, a plan that experts called a politically motivated gambit that could legitimize resentment against immigrants. Population growth has played a major role in the country’s economic success, but people in Australia’s biggest cities... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Tuesday, November 20, 2018 - 10:48
Culture is the foundation upon which cities are built.  Cities are not just a collection of buildings but are people, their stories, and how they interact with each other through their cultural identity and sense of place. As seen when one of Bosnia and Herzegovina’s most recognizable landmarks, the 16th-century Ottoman bridge Stari Most, or “Old Bridge”, was destroyed in 1993 during the... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Monday, November 19, 2018 - 16:42
The African continent is expected to account for 80 percent of the projected 4 billion increase in the global population by 2100. By 2050, the African population will have doubled to 1.1 billion, and over 80 percent of the increase is expected to take place in cities. This significant growth is taking place in a context where many parts of the world, including Europe, Japan, and North America,... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Monday, November 19, 2018 - 16:24
I love that cities left and right are clamoring for bragging rights to be the smartest city in the world. I love that disruptive technologies like 5G, artificial intelligence (AI), and augmented reality (AR) are changing the way we all look at infrastructure planning. Autonomous vehicles today could do for mobility what the steel plow of the 1800s did for farming. But what does all this new... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Monday, November 19, 2018 - 16:21
Safety is the biggest concern for women using public and private transport in five of the world's biggest commuter cities, according to a global poll released on Thursday as improving city access for women becomes a major focus globally. The cities polled. Image: Thomson Reuters Foundation Here are 10 results of the poll of 1,000 women that was conducted in London, New York, Cairo, Mexico... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Thursday, November 15, 2018 - 11:20
BANGKOK — In a region that hosts the majority of the world’s megacities, Asia is seeing malnutrition following the masses to urban areas. Urbanization can be a signal of positive social and economic development. But if it isn’t managed early and inclusively from a nutrition standpoint, rapid rural to urban transitions can also lead to dysfunctional food systems. Undernutrition and obesity can... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Thursday, November 15, 2018 - 10:41
rban trees and tree planting is like a contemporary urban planner’s holy grail—more trees means a better city, and better city assumedly means a better quality of life for city residents. But why is this the case? I’ve set out here to reflect on this.  Why the focus on urban trees today and what are the historical origins of urban greening. Should plans to build better cities for residents  rely... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Wednesday, November 14, 2018 - 15:55
Forget ‘solutions’ such as smog towers, air-filtering buses and pollution-eating paints. We need to prevent the air pollution in the first place The persistent haze over many of our cities is a reminder of the polluted air that we breathe. Over 80% of the world’s urban population is breathing air that fails to meet World Health Organisation guidelines, and an estimated 4.5 million people died... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Wednesday, November 14, 2018 - 15:38
A senior official at the International Transport Forum has said blockchain technologies could improve the way transport data is shared and help cities avoid a “platform war” between ridesharing firms. Speaking to Cities Today, innovation and foresight adviser Philippe Crist also explained that while dominant now, the platform model adopted by the likes of Uber, Lyft, and Didi Chuxing would serve... Read more