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[ News ] Posted on Thursday, January 24, 2019 - 10:51
Although momentum in the global economy appears to have peaked, there are still many cities in the world where real estate and economic growth continue to be robust. At the time when the World Economic Forum is examining globalization 4.0, JLL’s City Momentum Index, now in its sixth iteration, focuses on momentum for the world’s most commercially active cities. Tracking a range of... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Thursday, January 24, 2019 - 10:15
The mosquito Aedes aegypti is the main transmission vector of dengue, Zika, yellow fever and chikungunya in Brazil. It is highly adapted to urban environments and rarely found in forested areas. The mosquito Anopheles cruzii is the primary vector of Plasmodium, the protozoan parasite that causes malaria in humans. It mostly inhabits the countryside and is infrequent in urban areas. Mosquito... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Thursday, January 24, 2019 - 10:11
On December 5, 2018, Waymo launched ‘Waymo One’, the first commercial ride-share service utilizing self-driving cars in the US. This long-awaited service fulfills the company’s self-imposed deadline to start a commercial ride-share service by the end of 2018. Waymo, Google’s self-driving car project, has been operating in the Phoenix metropolitan area since 2016 and is an industry leader in... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Thursday, January 24, 2019 - 10:06
As the geopolitical world order continues to shift, so too does the development landscape. Climate change, urbanization and fragility are making our global health goals an ever-moving target. For globalization, that also presents a challenge. To be sustainable, globalization needs to be truly global, which means including everyone. So, if globalization 4.0 is to be successful in reshaping and... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Tuesday, January 22, 2019 - 12:59
While 2018 was filled with a number of successful smart city deployments, it also revealed significant challenges that will only intensify in years to come. The most pressing challenge to be addressed throughout 2019 is earning the public’s trust in smart city projects. Towards the end of 2018, we saw major data privacy concerns emerge from citizens. From these concerns a heated, but healthy... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Tuesday, January 22, 2019 - 10:48
When it comes to possessing charisma and a special kind of magnetic charm, London still leads the world. That’s the conclusion of a study that puts London at the top of the Global Power City Index (GPCI) for the seventh year running. Every year since 2008, the Mori Memorial Foundation’s Institute for Urban Strategies has analyzed the relative strengths and weaknesses of 44 of the world’s best-... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Tuesday, January 22, 2019 - 10:43
Cities could get more people walking, biking, and riding transit, according to a new report, if they just know where to look for improvement. Each year, the U.S. Census releases an update in “commuting mode shares” in its American Community Survey. This is an annual accounting of the share of people in every U.S. city who bike, walk, or ride public transit to their jobs, as well as drive. Mostly... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Monday, January 21, 2019 - 16:02
Cities are hotter than surrounding areas because of a climate phenomena that is known as the urban heat island (UHI). While scientists have studied this effect for decades, new information has recently come to light that points to the way we arrange our cities as a key contributor to raised temperatures. The results could help city planners build our future cities better.   Save this picture... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Monday, January 21, 2019 - 14:31
The African Development Bank (AfDB) and the government of Rwanda have signed financing agreements worth US$131mn to support the Rwanda Sustainable Water Supply and Sanitation Programme as additional funding. The fund includes US$130mn from the AfDB window and US$0.9mn from the Rural Water Supply and Sanitation Initiative Trust Fund, the bank said in a statement. The additional funding will... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Monday, January 21, 2019 - 12:42
Kilifi County plans to redevelop existing dilapidated national government estates in urban areas to cater for state’s affordable housing agenda since the county has no free land for the purpose. Kilifi county housing officer Andrew Mwasya said though the county government lacks land in urban centres for the project, a committee has been identifying old government housing estates that are either... Read more