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[ News ] Posted on Monday, August 27, 2018 - 16:18
Cities across the world have pledged to take action on climate change, including planning for more sustainable forms of transportation. But many cities, as we've previously noted, lack the data and information necessary to track and monitor their progress. This data provides valuable examples of transportation patterns and needs, allowing cities to plan mitigation actions that decrease their... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Monday, August 27, 2018 - 16:07
Houses, offices and other buildings account for more than half of all planet-warming gasses emitted by urban areas LONDON - Leaders of some of the world's biggest cities vowed on Thursday to make all buildings carbon neutral by 2050, ensuring they make no contribution to climate change. From London to Tokyo, 19 mayors said they would put in place regulations requiring all new buildings to be... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Monday, August 27, 2018 - 16:03
An exhibit promotes a discordant, unsustainable model for growth in the developing world—but we have an opportunity to do better. A constant debate within the CNU revolves around the height of buildings. Léon Krier has emphatically stated that buildings in villages, towns, or cities should not be higher than four stories. He notes that low-rise structures are sustainable as they can function... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Monday, August 27, 2018 - 15:36
Research shows that play is important. So why are city streets so sterile? Back in the day, city streets were places where people got together, hung out and played. But over the last century, they've become places to travel through, not enjoy. This is a bit sad for everyone, particularly for children. "We know play makes kids healthier and happier. We also know that play is critical to building... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Monday, August 27, 2018 - 15:36
If we want to solve climate change, there's no other option. Germany was supposed to be a model for solving global warming. In 2007, the country’s government announced that it would reduce its greenhouse gas emissions by 40 percent by the year 2020. This was the kind of bold, aggressive climate goal scientists said was needed in all developed countries. If Germany could do it, it would prove the... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Thursday, August 23, 2018 - 17:07
Most people now live in cities and cities are growing rapidly. We are living in the midst of the urbanization age, an age that started in earnest at the beginning of the 19th century, when people first decided en masse to be closer to other people rather than the land. There is no longer any doubt that sooner or later the great majority of us humans will live in cities. Still, it is possible to... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Thursday, August 23, 2018 - 14:25
New Zealand's parliament has passed a law to bar many non-resident foreigners from buying existing homes BANGKOK/LONDON - A ban on foreigners buying homes in New Zealand is not enough to solve the problems of affordable housing and homelessness, analysts and campaigners said, as the country became the latest to impose curbs on non-residents buying property. New Zealand's parliament last week... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Wednesday, August 22, 2018 - 17:36
In recent years, there has been a loud and lingering fear that AI, automation and robots have come to steal our jobs. Although innovation and digitalization of cities continues to grow, it’s unlikely that smart technology and machines will completely replace the workforce that currently keeps our smart cities running. They will, however, change how we do those jobs and what skills are required to... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Wednesday, August 22, 2018 - 17:26
Photographers have been using drones in recent years to wow us with breathtaking shots of stunning scenery and jaw-dropping landscapes. But now photographer Johnny Miller wants to show us a different side of life from a whole new perspective, through an initiative he calls Unequal Scenes. Since 2012, Miller has been fascinated with just how visible social inequality can be – especially when... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Thursday, August 16, 2018 - 15:20
How do transport modes influence people's health? A new study led by the Barcelona Institute for Global Health (ISGlobal), a centre supported by the "la Caixa" Banking Foundation, has concluded that cycling is the mode of transport associated with the greatest health benefits: better self-perceived general health, better mental health and fewer feelings of loneliness. The study formed part of... Read more