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[ News ] Posted on Friday, June 24, 2011 - 13:47
Los Angeles, Cincinnati and San Francisco are tackling major urban problems quickly and effectively. This post argues that Seattle can learn much from these efforts. As Seattle battles over whether to build a new waterfront tunnel, this post argues that it can learn a lot from three problem-solving cities. "Is this extreme? Is this harmless? Is Seattle fiddling while its economy and its... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Friday, June 24, 2011 - 09:52
The Asia Pacific region experienced more than its fair share of natural disasters in the first quarter of 2011; but what impact have these events had on attitudes to BCM in the region, and what lessons have been learned? Ernst & Young, Australia, has provided a paper which explores these questions. Highlights: - The resolve of leaders has been strengthened to drive the development of business... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Thursday, June 23, 2011 - 10:03
Construction has begun on a new park beneath a Toronto freeway overpass. The Toronto Star's Christopher Hume says the park will change the city forever. Known as "Underpass Park", the space is expected to complete construction by the end of the year. "Though it remains a sea of mud, the land’s enormous potential is easy to see. From a planning perspective, however, the problem is what to do with... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Thursday, June 23, 2011 - 09:49
Port-au-Prince, Haiti, 20 Jun 11 The United Nations Special Rapporteur on adequate housing, Raquel Rolnik, has made an urgent plea to put an immediate stop to all forced evictions of earthquake survivors in the Caribbean Nation. During a visit to Haiti 8-11 June during which she toured camps now home to survivors of the earthquake, Ms. Rolnick, condemned what she called every eviction of persons... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Wednesday, June 22, 2011 - 10:18
This year EUROCITIES celebrates 25 years of successful work to promote the urban agenda in Europe. As part of the anniversary activities, EUROCITIES is marking the occasion by publishing a photo book, 'my city - my view', showing how young people in member cities between 15 and 25 view their city today. In the context of this year's EUROCITIES conference in Genoa, Italy, the photos will... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Wednesday, June 22, 2011 - 10:08
Panasonic and a group of companies are planning on building a new demonstration "smart town" in Kanagawa Prefecture on a site the tsunami destroyed. Panasonic says it will rebuild with "next-gen power-generating and power-saving infrastructure from the ground up." From the press release: "Specifically, the company plans to preinstall its solar power generation systems and home-use storage battery... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Monday, June 6, 2011 - 10:57
The choking smoke from indoor wood fires causes respiratory diseases such as pneumonia and emphysema, making it a leading health hazard in developing countries. Added to this is the environmental cost: in rural areas, women and children spend hours every day collecting wood for cooking or making charcoal, practices that cause deforestation and soil erosion. The urban poor often spend a part of... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Wednesday, April 13, 2011 - 09:59
UN-HABITAT on Wednesday launched its new URBAN GATEWAY , an online community to help cities and urban practitioners across the world unite to share knowledge and take action for sustainable cities in a rapidly urbanising world. The website, www.urbangateway.org was officially launched by UN-HABITAT Executive Director Dr. Joan Clos during the twenty-third biennial meeting of governments in the... Read more

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