Urban Themes

[ Document ] Posted on Friday, August 10, 2018 - 11:21
A recent article titled “Everything we’ve heard about global urbanization turns out to be wrong” (Reuters, 12 July 2018), citing new figures released by the European Commission, informed readers that 84% of the world’s population now lives in urban areas, not 55% as reported by the United Nations Population Division. In this working paper we present four arguments, backed by ample evidence,... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Thursday, August 9, 2018 - 11:09
The sun, oceans and nature provide a welcome respite to all of us, especially those living in cities without regular access to such resources. However, as urbanization continues to increase, how do we ensure that we collectively continue to enjoy nature and live in harmony with the environment? Unplanned urbanization combined with limited land has created over-crowding, degradation of natural... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Thursday, August 9, 2018 - 10:56
“It’s kind of manifest destiny…now the marketplace and the city has begun to catch up.” This is how architect David Manfredi recently described a billion-dollar residential, commercial, and retail complex to be built in 2015 in Baltimore. Speaking to a reporter, Manfredi was emphasizing how the new project he was working on would further extend the upscale development of Baltimore’s old... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Thursday, August 9, 2018 - 10:30
In the early years of this century, completely new cities began emerging across Asia and Africa, transforming previously unremarkable expanses of land or reclaimed ocean areas. Could some of these new urban creations become the economic powerhouses of the future?  The fervour for building cities from scratch seems inexhaustible, with construction starting on mega-projects in Malaysia, China,... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Thursday, August 9, 2018 - 09:58
First, there were smartphones and then smart houses. Now, the next disruptive “smart” move is the smart city. As work, life, and society become increasingly connected through the wide adoption of the Internet of Things (IoT) devices, it’s a natural progression to build smart cities that leverage tech to provide benefits like convenience and efficiency. What makes smart cities so interesting is... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Thursday, August 9, 2018 - 09:14
Can young architects and urban planners lead on sustainable urbanism with the UN and the Commonwealth? Can the young built-environment professionals of the Commonwealth offer a global lead on truly sustainable cities? We believe so, and set out our case here. We apologise in advance for the blizzard of initials of all the various UK and international organisations, groups and initiatives involved... Read more
[ Document ] Posted on Wednesday, August 8, 2018 - 17:04
Cities all over the world are growing and transforming through processes of densification and sprawl. Open spaces, private and public, are being turned into buildings, infrastructure and new landscapes of public spaces, parks, plazas, playgrounds and natural areas are emerging. These spatial structures define the cultural, social, economic and political functions of cities. In the processes of... Read more
[ Opportunities ] Posted on Wednesday, August 8, 2018 - 16:20
FIRST CALL FOR PROJECT PROPOSALS Culture at Work Africa – Promoting the Public Value of Culture for Social Cohesion and Urban Development in Africa is looking to support innovative on-the-ground projects aiming at developing safe and neutral spaces for intercultural dialogue and at promoting active citizenship and intercommunity relations. Projects will seek sustainable outputs and will foster... Read more
[ Opportunities ] Posted on Wednesday, August 8, 2018 - 16:06
ABOUT THE ORGANIZATION 100 Resilient Cities, pioneered by The Rockefeller Foundation (100RC), is a new organization dedicated to helping cities around the world be better prepared for, and quickly rebound from, 21st century shocks and stresses. Over the next few years, 100 Resilient Cities will select and work with 100 member cities from around the globe for whom it plans to provide four kinds of... Read more
[ Event ] Posted on Wednesday, August 8, 2018 - 15:18
The Walk21 conference series supports, encourages and inspires the Global Walking Network to confirm the importance of walking politically and in policy, provide an international platform for an inclusive discussion, acknowledge current research, practice and promotion and identify the need for future research and networking. International delegates attending a Walk21 conference do so to have the... Read more

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