Urban Themes

[ News ] Posted on Tuesday, February 5, 2019 - 14:49
Combine pockets of rural land, reduce food waste, improve farming and encourage urbanites to eat less meat, urge Baojing Gu and colleagues. As the world’s population rises, and expanding cities pave over fertile soils, it is becoming harder to produce food for everyone1–3. By 2050, more than twice as many people will live in cities as did so in 2000, and on three times as much urban land. Around... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Tuesday, February 5, 2019 - 11:03
The use of paper played a fundamental role in sharing information and preserving knowledge from one generation to the other. Paper is the tool that allowed the world’s greatest thinkers, scientists, and artists to turn their individual creativity and knowledge into mass enlightenment. It is the reason people were able to communicate through the distances, a vital element of legal validation and a... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Tuesday, February 5, 2019 - 10:58
Although momentum in the global economy appears to have peaked, many Asian cities maintain their rapid pace of urbanisation and strong economic growth. Asia Pacific is now home to 19 of the world’s 20 most dynamic cities, according to JLL’s City Momentum Index, which identifies cities that have the strongest short-term economic and real estate market momentum. Kenya’s Nairobi is the only city... Read more
[ Document ] Posted on Tuesday, February 5, 2019 - 10:37
Although momentum in the global economy appears to have peaked, there are still many cities in the world where both real estate and economic momentum continue to be robust. JLL’s City Momentum Index (CMI) is now in its sixth iteration. This year it focuses purely on short-term momentum over a three-year horizon, tracking a range of socio-economic and commercial real estate indicators to identify... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Monday, February 4, 2019 - 16:07
City planners and politicians have long taken the view that the trajectory of a city’s evolution should and could only be seen in terms of growth, whether economic or demographic. This is what sociologist Harvey Molotch meant when he referred to the “urban growth machine”: historically, the driving force for cities has been growth and the idea that growth is constant. Yet some territories have... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Monday, February 4, 2019 - 15:26
In cities, access to parks is strongly linked with better health for both people and neighborhoods. Children suffer higher rates of obesity when they grow up in urban areas without a park in easy reach. Because low-income neighborhoods have fewer green spaces, poorer children are most likely to face other health problems, too, including asthma due to poor air quality. But access to green... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Monday, February 4, 2019 - 15:21
An invisible force - design - shapes the answers to fundamental questions about society, debated every day: Who gets to benefit from economic growth? Who gets to participate in society? Who gets to feel welcome, and where? Through formal and informal design processes, dozens of choices are being made that ultimately lead to the way places, objects, services, and systems work. Whether we realize... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Monday, February 4, 2019 - 15:17
Poor land records, rampant speculation and weak or corrupt implementation of regulations means that cities are using land inefficiently Urban areas are expected to grow by 80 percent by the end of the next decade, and unless they grow up rather than out, they could be in trouble, according to a new report from the World Resources Institute and Yale University. But poor land records, rampant... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Monday, February 4, 2019 - 15:03
“Cities were once the most helpless and devastated victims of disease, but they became great disease conquerors.” —Jane Jacobs, The Death and Life of Great American Cities Urban history passed a landmark in 2017. For the first time, more than half the people in low- and middle-income countries live in cities. But as urbanization continues to accelerate, particularly in poorer nations, the world... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Friday, February 1, 2019 - 15:54
Imagine Lagos, Nigeria, a city of 22 million. What was once a small coastal town just a few decades ago has exploded into a sprawling megacity spanning 452 square miles. Its rapid growth has stretched the city’s services impossibly thin: Less than 10 percent of people live in homes with sewer connections; less than 20 percent have access to tap water. Many houses are in slums and informal... Read more