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[ News ] Posted on Tuesday, October 30, 2018 - 11:38
"To be able to use water in many parts of Africa you need to have land" NAIROBI - African governments should recognise customary rights to water for millions of small farmers who have been sidelined or "criminalised" by permit systems created during the colonial era, said a report published on Monday. Restrictive permit systems in Kenya, Malawi, South Africa, Uganda and Zimbabwe have left more... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Monday, October 29, 2018 - 15:45
Despite the politically-charged nature of the debate around jobs, we need to debunk one needless myth: India’s problem is not one of jobless growth. We may have periods of low or no jobs growth, and then we have catch-up years in which jobs grow faster than usual. For example, the period from January 2017 till recently, when we saw huge disruptions—from demonetization to the implementation of the... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Monday, October 29, 2018 - 15:15
In the Czech Republic, and many countries throughout Europe, the maximum speed limit in cities, towns, and most urban areas is 50 kilometers per hour. That means, for example, that the maximum speed throughout streets in Prague is 50 km/h. And if you’re driving on one of the cities major motorways that travels through urban areas, you’ll need to slow down to below 50 km/h when driving through... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Monday, October 29, 2018 - 15:02
In the face of persistent social inequities worldwide, how can architects make a meaningful contribution? Housing’s primary position in our lives, economies and the built environment makes it a natural site of intervention in the complex fight against systemic injustices. “Housing First” policies acknowledge that the pursuit of a healthy, fulfilling life is possible only when we have a stable... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Monday, October 29, 2018 - 12:27
African cities will gain a billion new residents by 2050. But local authorities across the continent don’t have the resources, powers or skills set to meet the growing demand for housing and services. Africa’s rapid urbanisation is a huge opportunity for national governments. It’s cheaper to provide all kinds of services to people living in urban areas, from paved roads to health care. Urban... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Monday, October 29, 2018 - 12:20
OSAKA – Japanese housing manufacturers have been strengthening their overseas businesses, tapping into potential growth in China and other Asian countries as demand for new construction declines in the shrinking domestic market. Property developers such as Panasonic Homes Co. and Daiwa House Industry Co. have been trying to meet a variety of overseas needs, from single homes to condominiums and... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Monday, October 29, 2018 - 12:10
Putting more high density housing in the inner suburbs of major cities is key to unlocking economic growth, a new report has found. The Grattan Institute's 2018 report into how the states are going also recommends state governments pursue their own emissions reduction scheme if the federal government can't create one.   The report found the amount of housing per adult in each state... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Monday, October 29, 2018 - 11:42
Global experts have enjoined African governments to review their National Urban Policies (NUPs) to address structural impediments and lay the foundations for inclusive urban expansion. They pinpointed out that 18 NUPs drafted in Sub-Saharan Africa including Nigeria are full of the standard policy jargon. The technical capabilities, legal frameworks, financial instruments, and political will to... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Monday, October 29, 2018 - 10:11
Anyone with a cursory interest in world history will have encountered the Greek City - States of Athens and Sparta. They have a rich history of civilisation, democracy, architecture and military conquests. However, the most striking thing is that these city-states were not nations, not as is currently conceived, but they had, for the time, an advanced system of planning, city administration and... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Thursday, October 25, 2018 - 15:34
Urban nature has a critical role to play in the future liveability of cities. An emerging body of research reveals that bringing nature back into our cities can deliver a truly impressive array of benefits, ranging from health and well-being to climate change adaptation and mitigation. Aside from benefits for people, cities are often hotspots for threatened species and are justifiable locations... Read more