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[ News ] Posted on Friday, July 8, 2011 - 10:23
"You will often hear professionals say: 'I have reached my goals, my project has affected many young people (or another target group)'. But do neighbourhoods benefit from this kind of attitude? The fact that you are doing well on a project does not mean that you are doing the right things.” Being interviewed are Erik van Marissing (Verwey-Jonker Institute) and Inge van der Beijl (TNO Research... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Friday, July 8, 2011 - 10:13
As South Sudan prepares to attain nationhood on Saturday, 9th July 2011, a senior official has advised the current leadership to focus on strengthening stronger ties and relations with countries that have recognized the new country’s independence. Chuol Wan Luot, the former coordinator for Disapora and International Stakeholders in the government-initiated technical secretariat said as an... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Friday, July 8, 2011 - 09:59
Southern Sudanese in the country-in-waiting's capital (Juba) are sprucing up streets, confiscating black market guns and trying to impose order on frenetic traffic to make sure independence day goes smoothly on Saturday, 9th July, 2011. Men and women with straw brushes are sweeping leaves and dust from the southern capital's streets and men in paint-stained jumpsuits are whitewashing walls.... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Thursday, July 7, 2011 - 15:44
If you can't fix the players then by all means fix the game. This appears to be the strategy that many European cities, including Zurich, have employed to reduce the use of single-occupancy vehicles. While the European approach diverges from the conventional practice here in the U.S., it still operates on a shared principle of increasing pedestrianization. "In the United States, there has been... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Thursday, July 7, 2011 - 15:18
The urban community of Rennes Métropole (in North-West France) launched the campaign «Je change, ça change tout» (I change, it changes everything) aimed at raising awareness and mobilising the citizens. On June 23rd 2011, the local TV channel "TV Rennes" dedicated a programme to the involvement of Rennes Métropole in favor of sustainable energy (« Ca pose question » - 06/23/2011). It was first... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Thursday, July 7, 2011 - 15:11
Eighteen Minnesota cities are rallying around the concept of “complete streets,” according to recent reports. The Minnesota Legislature passed a bill in 2010 encouraging the state Department of Transportation to adopt this new design approach. The cities are working with the state to slim down city streets from four to two lanes — making space for bike lanes, trees, and trails — and to complete... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Thursday, July 7, 2011 - 10:55
Making Room for a Planet of Cities  provides both the conceptual framework and, for the first time, the basic empirical data and quantitative dimensions of past, present, and future urban expansion in cities around the world that are necessary for making minimal preparations for the massive urban growth expected in the coming decades.
[ News ] Posted on Tuesday, July 5, 2011 - 17:06
Summer brings thoughts of two weeks in the sun, relaxing with a good book and a glass of something cool and refreshing, but ID theft and fraud expert, Equifax, is urging holidaymakers to remain vigilant when it comes to protecting themselves from fraudsters whilst they are abroad. “It’s great to kick back and relax on holiday, but fraudsters are ready to take advantage of that easy-going holiday... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Tuesday, July 5, 2011 - 10:08
City development has become a close cousin to product sales in China, where developers are finding new ways to market their services as suites of urban products. "Alarmed officials have tried to crack down on runaway lending, but their efforts have been hampered by local mayors and party secretaries. Municipal governments typically raise anywhere between 15% to 25% of their annual budgets from... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Tuesday, July 5, 2011 - 09:26
It is the weekend, but amateur photographer Xu Xiangnan is already up in the early hours of the morning. Clad in camouflage attire and carrying a set of professional camera equipment, Xu, 37, heads to the outskirts of Xi'an, capital of Northwest China's Shaanxi province. Forty minutes later, he arrives at the Chanba Ecological District. With the fresh cool breeze blowing from the surface of its... Read more