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[ News ] Posted on Thursday, November 1, 2018 - 12:04
Rapid urbanization is one of the major forces shaping our global economic future. A century ago, it was almost unfathomable that any person would want to live in a city with 10 million other people, but by the 1930s, New York City was the first metropolitan area to pass the mark. Fast forward to today, and there are 33 urban areas that meet the definition of a “megacity” spread throughout the... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Thursday, November 1, 2018 - 12:04
Amid the barrage of news about climate-related natural disasters and climate change summits, it’s important to recognize real inflection points—when there is truly cause to sit up and take note. The IPCC Special Report on Global Warming of 1.5ºC, released last month, is a genuine wake up call. We are already at one degree Celsius warming beyond pre-industrial averages. Limiting global warming to... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Thursday, November 1, 2018 - 11:57
On World Cities Day, the U.N. chief highlights the need to build resilience to disasters and other threats in fast-growing urban areas BARCELONA - As 1.4 million people move to cities each week, local abilities to keep residents safe can become strained, increasing the risk of disasters, warned the United Nations secretary-general. "The answer is to build resilience to storms, floods, earthquakes... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Thursday, November 1, 2018 - 11:49
The balance between ocean protection and production is dangerously off-kilter Joko 'Jokowi' Widodo, President of Indonesia, is host of the Our Ocean 2018 conference; Erna Solberg, Prime Minister of Norway, will host Our Ocean 2019; and Tommy Remengesau, Jr, President of the Republic of Palau, will host Our Ocean 2020. Our ocean is central to our livelihoods, our identities, our culture and the... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Thursday, November 1, 2018 - 11:44
Cycling is currently the fastest growing mode of transport in cities. The potential for accelerating cycling through ITS (intelligent transportation service) and other intelligent solutions is huge. Cities and the private sector can work together to make sure the innovations and new technologies align with the needs of both public authorities and residents for mobility, better use of public space... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Thursday, November 1, 2018 - 11:40
Design has a tremendous capacity to help create sustainable, resilient, and healthy communities. With more than two billion people poised to move to global cities by 2050, the demand for new buildings will rise, and the way we design, build, and operate them will be one of the determining factors in our global efforts to address climate change. Here are the trends that Gensler... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Tuesday, October 30, 2018 - 14:40
The United Nations General Assembly has designated the 31st of October as World Cities Day, by its resolution 68/239. The Day is expected to greatly promote the international community’s interest in global urbanization, push forward cooperation among countries in meeting opportunities and addressing challenges of urbanization, and contributing to sustainable urban development around the world.... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Tuesday, October 30, 2018 - 12:53
North America, along with much of the world, has been building and rebuilding its cities and towns quite badly for more than half a century. To do it properly would have been easy; we used to be great at it. But, like voting for president, just because something is easy to do does not mean that it will be done, or done well. To rectify the sporadic spread of city planning best practices, I... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Tuesday, October 30, 2018 - 12:26
The UN estimates that 55% of the global population lives in urban areas – a figure that is projected to rise to 68% by 2050. With few exceptions, cities are expected to become bigger and more numerous. As urbanization speeds up, particularly in Asian and African countries, here are five of the biggest challenges confronting the future of cities: 1. Environmental threats Rapid urbanization,... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Tuesday, October 30, 2018 - 12:22
Grab your passport and pack your bags – these are the 10 best cities in the worldfor you to visit. But before you set off, remember that tourism can be a double-edged sword. It can bring tremendous economic benefits but it can also trigger resentment among local residents. Top of the list of best cities to go to is the Danish capital, Copenhagen, which regularly wins plaudits for being a... Read more