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[ News ] Posted on Friday, January 6, 2012 - 09:54
When visitors arrive in Taiwan, many think the buildings look ugly - some stained by the weather and in need of painting, others run-down high-rises. But in the past few years, the island has begun to cherish its original architectural beauty, especially homes and temples built by early Chinese settlers from the 1600s to 1800s. Large sums of government and private money have been poured into... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Friday, January 6, 2012 - 09:40
Jobs of the future will be located in areas with some of the fastest bandwidth in the world, writes columnist Thomas Friedman. Friedman asserts that the revolution of information technology combined with globalization is leading to greater innovation and creativity across the globe: "The best of these ecosystems will be cities and towns that combine a university, an educated populace, a dynamic... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Tuesday, January 3, 2012 - 12:25
Poor air quality has led to an explosion of a health problems among vulnerable populations, claims the American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA). ASLA has produced a video explaining how urban forests provide tremendous environmental benefits to densely populated cities. "Urban forests reduce energy use by providing shade in the summer and wind breaks in the winter, reduce stormwater runoff... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Tuesday, January 3, 2012 - 12:19
20 URBACT projects have completed their programme of exchange and learning activities. The project partners have been working relentlessly for three years looking for joint, effective and sustainable solutions to major urban challenges. These projects have brought to light solutions that have proven effective and providing valuable support for policy makers and practitioners involved in tackling... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Tuesday, January 3, 2012 - 11:59
As part of the project “Promotion of Water, Sanitation & Hygiene Education and Water Quality Monitoring in Mangalore City, India”, water quality testing laboratories are being jointly established by the German company BASF, UN-HABITAT and The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI) in eight schools in Mangalore. The groundwork for water laboratories at two nodal schools - Vidyadayini High... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Tuesday, January 3, 2012 - 09:39
Between high-end homebuyers and those applying for social housing exists the sizeable yet financially underserved consumers in South Africa's 'gap' housing market, also referred to as the 'affordable' market. This 'gap' population comprises people and families who earn between 7,000 and 16,000 Rand (550 and 1,250 British Pounds) per month — too high to receive social housing grants, yet too low... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Tuesday, January 3, 2012 - 09:32
The 'smart city' concept has existed for several years, but only now, with some trial and error, are we seeing the real fruits of these efforts coming to light. While the ambitions of Masdar City have been scaled back somewhat, Amsterdam is forging ahead, piloting a number of schemes to introduce smart technology to the way energy and other resources are managed within the city. Under increasing... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Tuesday, January 3, 2012 - 09:16
Yusaf Samiullah Obe argues for the complexity of urban environments, stating that this is what international development organisations must apprehend and address if they are to improve the quality of urban livelihoods in a time of austerity amongst donor governments. NB: Press Cutting Service This article is culled from daily press coverage from around the world. It is posted on the Urban... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Tuesday, January 3, 2012 - 09:06
Alan Gilbert doesn't believe there is one, but if one must speak of a global urban agenda, he would point to local private sector lobbies as the common force driving similar agendas in cities around the world. He discusses the role of local politics and the global urban institutions in reshaping the agenda for the world's urban citizens. NB: Press Cutting Service This article is culled from... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Thursday, December 22, 2011 - 11:01
The Sixth Session of the World Urban Forum (WUF6) will take place in the ancient southern Italian city of Naples – Italy, from 1 to 7 September 2012 under the theme The Urban Future. UN-Habitat joins the Government of Italy, the Campania Region and the City of Naples in warmly welcoming you to attend and participate in the Forum. The world’s premier conference on cities This is largely because... Read more