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[ News ] Posted on Monday, June 10, 2019 - 14:05
Charlotte is vying to become the first city in the US to implement a new circular economy model that has been designed to turn waste into an US$111-million business opportunity. Launched last year under the banner of the Circular Charlotte initiative, the model is based on the findings of a report commissioned by the city council entitled Circular Charlotte: Toward a Zero Waste and Inclusive City... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Monday, June 10, 2019 - 14:00
The car is set to undergo a massive transformation in the coming years, as automation gradually eliminates the need for drivers, and electric and hybrid vehicles occupy a growing share of the global market. But, in a future where autonomous cars arrive on demand to take you where you need to go, there seems little point in owning one. The average car spends around 90% of its life parked. A shift... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Monday, June 10, 2019 - 13:42
The unprecedented rate of urbanization across the world has led to increased demand for good, affordable housing. A recent survey revealed that of 200 cities polled around the globe, 90% were considered unaffordable when applying the widely-used standard of average house prices being more than three-times median income. Affordability is not just about the ability to buy or rent a home, but... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Monday, June 10, 2019 - 13:37
In many cities, commuting by bike is a labour of love. Dealing with often-congested roads, traffic hazards and the threat of a sudden downpour can make cycling a challenging way to get around. But a recent study shows that some cities are better suited to a life behind bars – handlebars, that is – than others. On track Utrecht in the Netherlands topped a list of 90 cities around the globe... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Tuesday, June 4, 2019 - 17:36
The UN-Habitat Assembly that ended Friday passed five resolutions focusing on the implementation of the  New Urban Agenda The Five resolutions to be adopted focuses on safer cities, implementation of the New Urban Agenda, achieving gender equality through UN-Habitat’s work to support inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable cities and human settlements. Delegations from 127 countries, including... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Tuesday, June 4, 2019 - 17:16
Vamsi Gaddam tapped on a model solar-roofed house, an innovation he said would help deal with the global urban housing crisis. "Here we have the first of its kind solar roof, wherein the solar components are infused into the roofing products, so it is one single roof which generates power," said Gaddam, managing director of Visaka Industries in India. "And the life of the roof itself is 50 years... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Tuesday, June 4, 2019 - 17:06
- The second assembly will be held from Monday, June 5 to Friday, June 9 in 2023 - Kenya pledged to increase its contribution from KSh 7,084,293 to KSh 10,120,097 - 21 countries jointly pledged to raise to a tune of KSh 15.38 billion to fund UH-Habitat  - Some 127 countries attended thus bringing together four Heads of State and 49 ministers - There were 90 exhibitors, 57 side events and nearly... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Tuesday, June 4, 2019 - 15:57
Since the 1920s, the car has revolutionised the way people travel; eliminating the constraints of distance while offering a personal, fast and convenient way to get from one place to another. Cities have been designed and built to make space for cars, and many cities which existed centuries before the advent of the car reshaped their streets to accommodate it. The car, along with investments... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Tuesday, June 4, 2019 - 15:53
Residents of Zurich enjoy the best quality of life in the world, according to Deutsche Bank’s latest research. The Swiss city overtook New Zealand’s capital Wellington to claim the top spot in the quality of life category in the Mapping the World’s Prices 2019 survey. Copenhagen, Edinburgh, Vienna, Helsinki, Melbourne, Boston, San Francisco and Sydney round out the rest of the top 10. The... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Tuesday, June 4, 2019 - 15:50
Innovation has become a buzz word for city success. Major corporations have long targeted talent-rich innovation hubs, but the “war for talent” is now intensifying their focus on talent hotspots. Among real estate investors, several large investment managers have started to explicitly target cities perceived to have a strong innovation system. Meanwhile, city governments are seeing the... Read more