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[ News ] Posted on Tuesday, September 12, 2017 - 12:30
In 1800 only about 2 percent of the world’s population lived in urban areas. That was a small wonder: Until a century ago, urban areas were some of the unhealthiest places for people to live. According to The Department of Economic and Social Affairs, half of the global population already lives in cities, and by 2050 two-thirds of the world’s people are expected to live in urban areas. But in... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Tuesday, September 12, 2017 - 11:26
Too much of today’s conversation focuses on energy generation rather than urban design, land-use planning and zoning interventions. Cities generate two-thirds of global energy demand and greenhouse-gas emissions, prompting much discussion on the neededrole of local authorities in combating climate change. Global networks of city leaders have reaffirmed their commitment to doing their share to... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Tuesday, September 12, 2017 - 10:28
One of the defining aspects of our current civilization and one of the most worrying trends of modernity is our urbanization as a species. When we take the long view of human history, it becomes obvious that for 99% of our history, we have been a rural people, the majority of us making our living off the land and in small, agrarian communities. Though history (especially the last 2,000 years or... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Monday, September 11, 2017 - 14:42
Emergent technologies are poised to radically change how we work and live. They will transform our cities and workplaces, shifting jobs and entrepreneurship in new directions, and spur new ways to manage our lives. All of society will be affected, up to and including how we interact with machines themselves. Sophisticated machines and applications that communicate online will accelerate... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Monday, September 11, 2017 - 13:28
Yet again, this week, man-made disaster was presented as a natural calamity. It is true that on August 29, Mumbai received roughly 315 mm of rain. However, this was less than half of what Mumbai received on July 26, 2005. The effect was just as crippling—the city was flooded, transport came to a halt, millions were stranded, leading to loss of life and damage to property. It was as if little had... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Monday, September 11, 2017 - 12:49
UNITED NATIONS — National governments this week made clear that they are not interested in the creation of a new U. N. body to coordinate global action on sustainable urbanization. But the “UN Urban” proposal was not all that was on the table at the high-level meeting here. The focus of this week’s talks was how to reform UN-Habitat, the international body’s lead agency on urbanization —... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Thursday, September 7, 2017 - 12:42
Indian cities are going through a massive change. Decision-makers are rethinking urban design to make public infrastructure more useable and accessible. For instance, public bike share systems in Bhopal and Mysore have changed the way people commute; or the redesigning of streets in Bangalore has created a safe pedestrian network. In other cities like Mumbai, Pune, Bhubaneshwar, and Gurgaon, the... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Thursday, September 7, 2017 - 12:10
More and more of the world’s citizens are moving to cities. The United Nations says by 2050, the world’s urban populations will increase by 2.5 billion people, a phenomenon known as “urbanization”. U.S. Census figures show nearly two-thirds of the United States’ population currently lives in an urban area. And that number is expected to explode. Cities around the world are on track to face many... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Thursday, September 7, 2017 - 10:55
UNITED NATIONS — Reaching consensus is typically a long, arduous process for the international community, but on a new proposal for a fresh approach to urban issues, national governments were nearly unanimous: No thanks. The reaction came this week at U. N. Headquarters during a high-level meeting of ministers, mayors and urban experts to discuss a recent report commissioned by U. N. Secretary-... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Wednesday, September 6, 2017 - 12:18
What can cities do to encourage cultural experiments and investment? And what kind of spaces do artists need for creativity to flourish? Rem Koolhaas and Ellen van Loon of OMA architecture practice are in conversation at the Manchester International festival, talking about the major contract they landed for the Manchester arts centre Factory: a hub for cultural activity and soon to be home of... Read more