Urban Themes

[ News ] Posted on Thursday, March 21, 2019 - 12:28
Think of the word home, and you may conjure up an image of a cozy bungalow, high-rise condo, or tidy garden apartment. But the concept of a home is changing, and so is the way that homes are constructed. The abode that people equate with comfort, safety, and family is being transformed into something new by a confluence of factors. Among them are population growth, a shortage of affordable... Read more
[ Event ] Posted on Thursday, March 21, 2019 - 12:10
The 2019 Ecocity World Summit brings together a diverse mix of researchers, policy makers, city-building professionals, business innovators, and civil society leaders who share a commitment to creating socially just and ecologically sustainable cities. Join participants from over 75 countries to explore solutions and opportunities to:  reshape cities to radically reduce greenhouse gas emissions... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Thursday, March 21, 2019 - 11:59
The problem we face in the fight against climate change–beyond the sheer magnitude and complexity of the issue, and our lack of real progress to date–is that a post-climate change world will not look like anything else we’ve dealt with before.   There’s a term for this: discontinuity. When our previous experiences can no longer serve as a reliable foundation for what’s to come, we have... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Thursday, March 21, 2019 - 11:47
It’s a situation far too common for most Americans. You’re sitting in bumper-to-bumper traffic on the highway, again. Hundreds of cars are idling around you. It’s a typical, backed-up commute to work. Frustrated, you might wonder: How did we get here? It wasn’t an accident. Our congested commutes are the result of decisions that stretch back decades, to when Americans began to build their... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Thursday, March 21, 2019 - 11:27
Building disaster resilience in a city or a company requires working across the “system of systems” that exist.  While many of these systems are in the public sector, many – including most of the economic systems in the city, and often, many of the utility services – are not. Therefore, like it or not, disaster resilience requires public-private collaboration. In the US, this is not recognized... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Thursday, March 21, 2019 - 11:25
How trees are revolutionizing cities around the world What word comes to mind when you think of “cities”? Busy? And when you think of “forests”? Peaceful? What if cities could be something different? To date, cities have largely been problematic for the environment. They occupy just two percent of the world’s land. However, they account for over 60 percent of global energy consumption, 70 percent... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Thursday, March 21, 2019 - 11:16
FAO urges investments in urban forests to address pollution, climate change, and lack of water supplies Investing in green spaces can help transform cities into more sustainable, resilient, healthy, equitable and pleasant places to live, said FAO ahead of the International Day of Forests (21 March 2018). If planned and managed well, cities can be great places to live, but many urban developments... Read more
[ Document ] Posted on Thursday, March 21, 2019 - 11:06
This paper is published under the responsibility of the Secretary-General of the OECD. The opinions expressed and the arguments employed herein do not necessarily reflect the official views of OECD member countries. This document, as well as any statistical data and map included herein, are without prejudice to the status of or sovereignty over any territory, to the delimitation of international... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Tuesday, March 19, 2019 - 09:29
Homelessness is a complex issue, but one that's possible to solve, if the success of three cities in the United States is anything to go by. Policy-makers and non-profit organizations worldwide have wrestled with homelessness for decades. Like poverty, it has been assumed that it will always exist. But a US national programme called Built for Zero is offering a glimmer of hope. A Gallup poll... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Tuesday, March 19, 2019 - 09:26
Smart city initiatives are top of mind among city leaders, urban planners and technology vendors today. However, most of their mindshare and resources is directed towards technology, and not on trust. While a smart city is powered by technology and data, it is enabled and sustained by the trust its stakeholders have with the city, its services and service providers, and with each other. When... Read more

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