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[ News ] Posted on Wednesday, September 5, 2018 - 17:58
The planet is urbanizing at an unprecedented speed, generating enormous social, economic and climatic stress. If sustainable urbanization is one of the paramount challenges of the 21st century, then Asia is ground zero for determining whether humanity can succeed. Just under half of all Asians live in cities, compared to roughly 82% of Americans and 74% of Europeans. Asians are on the move.... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Tuesday, September 4, 2018 - 11:31
When Wang Yijun put Ethiopia's most expensive real estate project on the market, he experienced a strange phenomenon. People preferred the lowest floors over those with panoramic city views. "Power cuts mean elevators in this city often don't work," explains Wang, the site manager. "So the bottom-floor flats became the most valuable. You won't see this pricing in any Chinese city." Replicating... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Tuesday, September 4, 2018 - 11:11
EL PASO — The moon was still up and the sun hadn’t risen as the Chapin High School football team took to the field on an early August Wednesday. The temperature would hit 100 a few hours later, but at 6 a.m. it was a cool 82 degrees as the Huskies started practice. “It’s happening all across the state,” said coach Rene Hernandez, with teams switching to predawn hours to avoid afternoons that are... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Tuesday, September 4, 2018 - 10:52
Twenty-three cities and regions from across the world have committed to cut significantly the amount of waste they generate, putting them on the path towards zero waste. By signing C40’s Advancing Towards Zero Waste Declaration, the 23 cities and regions have pledged to cut the amount of waste generated by each citizen by 15 percent by 2030. In addition, they will reduce the amount of waste sent... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Tuesday, September 4, 2018 - 10:09
When Yuriko Koike was elected governor of Tokyo, in 2016, her victory marked the dawn of a new age in Japan. The country’s first female defense minister had become the capital’s first female governor, and in a landslide, no less. But breaking through Tokyo’s “steel ceiling” wasn’t just a triumph for Koike or the women of a nation notorious for its gender gap—it was a win for the city’s reputation... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Thursday, August 30, 2018 - 15:21
Accra, 28 August 2018 – Over 100 participants drawn from nearly 20 African countries and other partners recently gathered in the Ghanaian capital Accra to mull ways of curbing the runaway road accidents- as well as the attendant mortality- and to improve urban mobility on the continent. The meeting was held against the milieu that every year, road crashes are estimated to claim over 300,000 lives... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Thursday, August 30, 2018 - 14:47
Children’s centres in every neighbourhood are vital, writesSebastian Kraemer. And planners must by people who truly represent the communities they serve, writes Victoria Hills What would cities look like if they were designed by infants? As Christine Murray says (What would cities look like if they were designed by mothers?, 27 August), they would have the slopes and lifts so necessary for... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Thursday, August 30, 2018 - 11:26
Despite traditional cities growing at rates unlike anything they have seen since the middle of the 20th Century—urban rents are surprisingly under control nationwide, according to a recent Apartment List survey of rental rates in the 25 biggest cities. The findings of the survey put media reports of out-of-control rents into perspective. In major cities, rent increases are now well under the rate... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Monday, August 27, 2018 - 16:38
As lifestyles in the UK have become more stressful and pressurised, people have started to look at alternative ways to live. Some are now seeking out more of a community feel to their home lives, exploring the option of joining an “intentional community”. Intentional communities come in many different shapes and sizes. They are, simply put, groups of people who choose to share their lives and... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Monday, August 27, 2018 - 16:21
Explosive population growth along with economic competition, rapidly advancing technologies and environmental concerns are challenging cities across the country to become more efficient, adapt to new expectations and be better stewards of the planet. The electric utilities serving those communities are confronted with a changing marketplace they must adapt to while driving solutions at the same... Read more