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[ News ] Posted on Monday, August 15, 2011 - 09:52
The events of the last week have been extremely distressing for most Londoners.  The public response in the aftermath of the public disorder incidents has been overwhelming, with thousands of people rallying together to clean up the streets and support those directly affected. If your home has been affected: Contact your home insurance company - the current advice from the Association of the... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Friday, August 12, 2011 - 10:10
The location of parked cars can either destroy walkability or enhance it, writes urbanist Steve Mouzon. Forcing cars off the street damages urbanism and the environment in different ways, writes Mouzon, depending on whether they're parked in front of the building, beside it, or behind it. Surface parking and parking decks damage both in their own ways as well. On-street parking, on the other... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Thursday, August 11, 2011 - 11:33
London property investment is currently being driven by anticipation for next year's Olympic Games. This is the opinion of Peter Mindenhall, researcher at, who pointed out: "Under the present circumstances London as a whole does present a very strong case as far as property investment is concerned across most sectors, providing [that] for the time being, the relative short-term is... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Thursday, August 11, 2011 - 11:21
Singapore Management University (SMU) is establishing a research lab for developing cloud-based IT solutions for cities across the globe, and especially in Asia. In a first in the Asia-Pacific region, SMU has inked a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) for “integrating cloud technology with the relevant business know-how to create urban management IT solutions... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Wednesday, August 10, 2011 - 15:19
The Melbourne transition from a sprawling and car-dominated urban area to a compact and sustainable one is a long-term process, extending from the nineties to the decades to come. Now considered as one of the most liveable cities in the world, Melbourne is raising environmental standards for its present and future building stock. Melbourne has inherited from a “new world city” grid: much of the... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Wednesday, August 10, 2011 - 10:14
In the first six months of 2011 the Cities for Active Inclusion partners have focussed their research activities on the topic of active inclusion of young people. 9 city reports on the main trends, good practices and challenges for municipalities in integrating disadvantaged youths are now available. Produced under Eurocities’ Cities for Active Inclusion (EUROCITIES-NLAO) strand of work, these... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Wednesday, August 10, 2011 - 10:08
A new Canadian study should be of interest to any urban cyclist concerned about his/her health. The study shows what is apparent to most cyclists already - smoking tailpipes, especially from diesel trucks and buses, can have serious health impacts. The Chronicle provides a San Francisco-based article on the study "published in the journal Environmental Health Perspectives (that) shows a link... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Wednesday, August 10, 2011 - 10:03
Shanghai in its 12th Five-Year Plan is modeling seven new satellite cities as suburbs to alleviate the density in the city center. Shanghai government's plan shows by including quality of life services in the new cities such as "schools, hospitals and cultural centers," people will leave urban areas and move toward the suburbs. "The goal for the Songjiang New City, the biggest among the seven... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Tuesday, August 9, 2011 - 16:25
Business in London's city centre are counting the costs of riots in the city centre last night, which saw over 200 anti-capitalist protesters arrested following sustained clashes with riot police. The disturbances, centralised around Trafalgar Square, followed a largely peaceful march with over 250,000 people demonstrating against what they saw as an overtly aggressive plan of spending cuts from... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Tuesday, August 9, 2011 - 11:33
Travelling on the refurbished Nairobi Thika highway — sections of which are still under construction — one gets a glimpse of the future of road transport in Kenya. What comes to mind, probably, are the benefits of reduced time and lower fuel use. Not forgetting that farmers from as far away as Murang’a and the resource rich Rift Valley will easily deliver farm produce to Nairobi and other food-... Read more