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[ News ] Posted on Tuesday, April 24, 2018 - 15:04
A push to green and clean Kigali is moving ahead - though not everyone is happy KIGALI - In the rainy season, water used to pour into Dativa Nyiramajyambere's house on a cheap plot of land in the Kigali suburb of Rugenge. Outside her home, a half-metre-wide hole in the pavement gathered rubbish. But in 2009, Kigali's leaders decided to start demolishing slums in the capital's poor suburbs – those... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Monday, April 23, 2018 - 15:36
Singapore has been ranked top among 100 global cities surveyed for their advanced mobility systems in a report by management consultancy firm Arthur D Little. Released at the UITP Asia-Pacific Assembly in Taipei, the third edition of the firm’s Future of Mobility study and updated Urban Mobility Index analyses the ability of cities to adapt to growing demand, technological advancement and... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Monday, April 23, 2018 - 15:06
18 April 2018, Colombo, Sri Lanka. Population data suggests that Sri Lanka is one of the least urbanised countries on earth. Recent spatial analysis challenges this representation, suggesting rapid urban expansion in peripheral areas is not captured in population statistics. Sri Lanka’s urban expansion UN-Habitat is currently assessing the spatial dynamics of Sri Lanka’s urbanisation. The... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Friday, April 20, 2018 - 13:06
Technology can help people with disabilities get around cities - but it must provide reliable information tailored for varying needs   BARCELONA - Entrepreneur Josep Esteba became so frustrated trying to get around his native Spain in a wheelchair for more than 20 years that he embarked on a mission to map cities for disabled people all over the world. "Many years ago I travelled a lot for work,... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Friday, April 20, 2018 - 11:29
The connection-dependent models discussed in my first blockchain article published last week, enjoy what we might call an “atmosphere of bandwidth.” We might expect to see greatly different behavior on a planet where one can go from one building to another quite easily, compared to an airless rock where a person needs to put on a space suit to go outdoors – to put on an envelope of air, as... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Friday, April 13, 2018 - 13:10
Urban areas are growing and their ecosystems are becoming increasingly important in ecological research and conservation management. These ecosystems are highly dynamic and in constant evolution. New species steadily invade cities and those that already occupy these ecosystems have to learn to live together with the new species. Therefore, the success of a species in an urban area is determined... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Friday, April 13, 2018 - 12:35
Ask a dozen strangers on the street what they think the term “affordable housing” means, and you’ll likely get a dozen answers. Though the Department of Housing and Urban development defines “affordable” with a simple number — no more than 30% of total household income — the reality of what it means to be able to comfortably make the rent or the mortgage every month can be more complicated.... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Friday, April 13, 2018 - 10:58
While there is growing global interest in smart city applications, there are also significant challenges in scaling implementation and impact. Building on the success of its annual Energy Efficiency Indicator study, Johnson Controls recently conducted its first Smart City Indicator survey to track key drivers, organizational barriers, technology trends and the status of smart city initiatives... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Thursday, April 12, 2018 - 12:44
With more than half of the world’s children living in cities, now more than ever is the time to call on local leaders and the stakeholders they work with to take action for children, especially the most vulnerable.   To this end, UNICEF’s Child Friendly Cities Initiative (CFCI) has developed two new products: the UNICEF Child Friendly Cities and Communities Handbook  and new CFCI website.... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Thursday, April 12, 2018 - 09:19
Before I started working on real-world robots, I wrote about their fictional and historical ancestors. This isn’t so far removed from what I do now. In factories, labs, and of course science fiction, imaginary robots keep fuelling our imagination about artificial humans and autonomous machines. Real-world robots remain surprisingly dysfunctional, although they are steadily infiltrating urban... Read more