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[ Document ] Posted on Monday, July 22, 2019 - 16:10
The World Development Report (WDR) 2019: The Changing Nature of Work studies how the nature of work is changing as a result of advances in technology today. Fears that robots will take away jobs from people have dominated the discussion over the future of work, but the World Development Report 2019 finds that on balance this appears to be unfounded. Work is constantly reshaped by technological... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Monday, July 22, 2019 - 15:45
last week, the World Bank released the report Lifelines: The Resilient Infrastructure Opportunity” to highlight the challenges fragile countries and communities face from infrastructure disruptions. These disruptions impact service delivery and harm the people who experience them, particularly when caused by natural disasters.   Figure 1 shows the outsized impact of infrastructure challenges... Read more
[ Event ] Posted on Monday, July 22, 2019 - 10:51
The idea of smart cities is not new. The accelerated development of technology, globalization and the concern for sustainable development has in recent years contributed to the emergence of many of these smart cities around the world (e.g. Singapore, Barcelona, Oslo, London). As we can see these are mostly large metropolitan cities that have employed different solutions and technologies to become... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Monday, July 22, 2019 - 10:33
When rural migrants flock to “first-tier“ cities like Shanghai looking for jobs, their lack of permanent residency, or hukou, push them to China’s informal housing market. Most migrants live on the outskirts, some clustering in “urban villages” and others living in storage basements and converted bomb shelters, even in sewers. Some live among permanent residents throughout the already-overcrowded... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Monday, July 22, 2019 - 10:12
Regulations on the Administration of Domestic Waste in Shanghai came into effect on July 1, 2019. This shows that Shanghai is carrying out the most ambitious garbage revolution in history, with the topic "Garbage Classification Revolution" in Shanghai becoming a major point of public discussion, attracting media attention at home and abroad. 1. Shanghai's waste classification system:... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Monday, July 22, 2019 - 10:03
Handcrafted Furniture Indonesia All things considered, you are not going to purchase room furniture, all the time. An attractive piece may very well end up being of low quality and in a brief time, you will most likely hear it squeaking and squeaking. To keep away from such catastrophe, select furniture that is a blend of strength just as polish and visual intrigue. Craftsmanship Give dazzling... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Monday, July 22, 2019 - 09:36
Last month, 15 cities — Los Angeles included — created something unprecedented: their own standards body. A year after launching the Mobility Data Specification (MDS) — a suite of APIs to manage bicycles, scooters, and other forms of “micromobility” — LA's effort to use code and concrete to regulate went viral. More than 70 cities around the globe started to use it, surpassing LADOT’s mandate to... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Monday, July 22, 2019 - 08:48
From Toronto to Tokyo, the challenges faced by cities today are often remarkably similar: climate change, rising housing costs, traffic, economic polarization, unemployment. To tackle these problems, new technology companies and industries have been sprouting and scaling up with innovative digital solutions like ride sharing and home sharing. Without a doubt, the city of the future must be... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Monday, July 22, 2019 - 08:31
Rapid urbanisation in recent decades has driven people closer to city centres, but many continue to live on the outskirts or even further afield in remote communities. Despite this, the subject of future mobility has been dominated by addressing the needs of city slickers; rural dwellers have experienced very little, if any, of the new mobility services being rolled out. The emphasis being placed... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Thursday, July 18, 2019 - 23:28
A floating city on the water might sound like a science fiction idea, but these innovative city concepts could soon be making their way into our oceans. In April 2019, the United Nations Human Settlement Programme (UN-Habitat) discussed designing sustainable floating cities to help prepare for damage related to climate change. Alongside the Oceanix company, they unveiled a plan for a 10,000-... Read more