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[ News ] Posted on Tuesday, August 29, 2017 - 11:29
Multibillion-dollar flows of “decentralized development cooperation” — essentially, city-to-city development assistance — are expanding rapidly. Development cooperation increasingly is taking place not only in the traditional way, between national governments. Rather, it also is happening between local and regional authorities in different countries, a process known as “decentralized development... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Monday, August 28, 2017 - 14:47
Last year’s United Nations-brokered agreement on the future of cities, the New Urban Agenda, embraced many of today’s trends in urban planning and management made possible by new technologies. From smart cities to data collection, the high-tech possibilities of urban data centres and street-level monitoring tools were all given the U. N.’s stamp of approval. But for geographer Federico Caprotti ... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Friday, August 25, 2017 - 14:06
Chengdu, 25 August 2017 – Dr. Joan Clos, Executive Director of UN-Habitat, and Mr. Xia Yiping, Co-Founder & Chief Technical Officer, Mobike, a leading smart bike share company in China, signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between UN-Habitat and Mobike to promote bike sharing as an effective, smart and sustainable mobility solution for cities. The signing ceremony took place during Dr... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Friday, August 25, 2017 - 13:33
In discussions of human survival beyond this century, urban expansion may not seem a significant threat. But even as China sets the pace for rapid urbanization, a painting from the Renaissance era urges caution. The Tower of Babel, by 16th-century Flemish artist Pieter Bruegel the Elder, is a monumental painting. Its depiction of an enormous tower mid-construction might have been a celebration... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Friday, August 25, 2017 - 13:07
In this guest blog, Sabrina McNew, discusses her research published today in BMC Evolutionary Biology, which examines the effects of urbanization on epigenetic variation between Darwin’s finch populations Humans have altered natural environments in profound and permanent ways. Indeed, various forms of human disturbance, including habitat destruction, an influx of trash, noise pollution, or... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Friday, August 25, 2017 - 12:57
WHEN PRESIDENT DONALD J. TRUMP announced he was withdrawing the United States from the Paris climate accord, he framed it as a stark choice: "I was elected to represent the citizens of Pittsburgh, not Paris," he declared. The mayors of those cities don't see it that way. In a joint op-ed in the New York Times, Paris mayor Anne Hidalgo and Pittsburgh mayor Bill Peduto declared their unity in the... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Friday, August 25, 2017 - 11:15
BRT and light rail plans for Kenya’s capital will most likely leave the privately owned and much maligned matatus and boda-bodas behind. Their operators, however, won’t likely go away without a fight. Earlier this year, Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta inaugurated a new railway line connecting Nairobi to Mombasa, the single most traveled route in the country. Expected to carry several thousand... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Thursday, August 24, 2017 - 16:25
India’s burgeoning cities are famous the world over for their startling vibrancy – and, sometimes, their startling problems. A new national policy, enshrining more transit-friendly development principles, aims to steer urban planning in the world’s largest democracy towards more compact and pedestrian-friendly neighborhoods and streets. The World Bank projects that India will lead the global... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Thursday, August 24, 2017 - 12:40
UN projections suggest that the world’s urban population will reach 6.3 billion by 2050, up 2.7 billion from the roughly 3.6 billion people living in cities as of 2010. The vast majority of these new urban residents – over 90 per cent – will be added to the cities of low- and middle- income countries – such as Ethiopia, Tanzania, China, and India. All of this urbanisation should be good for... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Thursday, August 24, 2017 - 10:44
Spring and summer 2017 have been among the wettest on record in eastern North America, including southern Ontario. Rainfall amounts in the spring broke records in places like Toronto, where 44.6 millimetres of rain fell in 24 hours. The relentless downpours caused the stormwater infrastructure in Canada’s biggest city to overflow, leading to flooding of busy downtown streets. Urbanization in... Read more