Urban Themes

[ News ] Posted on Wednesday, September 13, 2017 - 11:50
Complex adaptive systems are hard to understand. Messy and complicated, they cannot be broken down into smaller bits. It would be easier to ignore them, or simply leave them as mysteries. But given that we are living in one such system, it might be more useful to buckle down and sort it out. That way, we can make choices that are aligned with how the world actually operates. In his book ... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Wednesday, September 13, 2017 - 11:26
From New York’s cafe squares to Melbourne’s laneways to the walled Fes el Bali, these pedestrian paradises combine safety, beauty and comfort. Now urban planners are taking note as they seek to hand back cities to the walkers For decades the simple act of walking was largely overlooked by city planners but, no matter how you choose to get around your city, the chances are that you are a... Read more
[ Document ] Posted on Wednesday, September 13, 2017 - 11:13
The UN Sustainable Development Goals aim to address the world’s most pressing challenges—from poverty to climate change—by aligning priorities and developing shared metrics to measure progress. While the SDG framework is designed for nations, all levels of government will need data to track performance and target resources effectively. We show that the majority of SDG targets are relevant to US... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Wednesday, September 13, 2017 - 10:31
There are a handful of truly critical global sustainability challenges that will determine whether or not the world will be prosperous and healthy by the middle of this century—or by the time my kids are my age. Can we generate energy without overheating the planet? Can we feed ourselves without despoiling landscapes and waterways? And can we build cities such that nature and people thrive?... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Tuesday, September 12, 2017 - 12:30
In 1800 only about 2 percent of the world’s population lived in urban areas. That was a small wonder: Until a century ago, urban areas were some of the unhealthiest places for people to live. According to The Department of Economic and Social Affairs, half of the global population already lives in cities, and by 2050 two-thirds of the world’s people are expected to live in urban areas. But in... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Tuesday, September 12, 2017 - 11:26
Too much of today’s conversation focuses on energy generation rather than urban design, land-use planning and zoning interventions. Cities generate two-thirds of global energy demand and greenhouse-gas emissions, prompting much discussion on the neededrole of local authorities in combating climate change. Global networks of city leaders have reaffirmed their commitment to doing their share to... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Tuesday, September 12, 2017 - 10:28
One of the defining aspects of our current civilization and one of the most worrying trends of modernity is our urbanization as a species. When we take the long view of human history, it becomes obvious that for 99% of our history, we have been a rural people, the majority of us making our living off the land and in small, agrarian communities. Though history (especially the last 2,000 years or... Read more
[ Document ] Posted on Monday, September 11, 2017 - 15:11
Cities throughout the world are witnessing rapid growth, thus increasing the demand for high-quality services and necessitating that governments and municipalities develop improved solutions that fulfill the requirements for sustainable urban development and assure the social, economic, and environmental interactions distinctive of cities in the modern era. The observable acceleration in... Read more
[ Document ] Posted on Monday, September 11, 2017 - 15:05
This publication on Urban-Rural Linkages reaffirms that the discourse on urbanization must depart from the traditional and outdated dichotomy of urban and rural; in order for urban and rural areas to be sustainable they must develop in tandem, inequalities must be reduced and the development gap bridged. Urban and rural spaces are inextricably linked economically, socially and environmentally... Read more
[ Document ] Posted on Monday, September 11, 2017 - 14:48
Results – based management (RBM) is a broad management approach whose core focus is achieving results. The Office of Internal Oversight Services (OIOS) defines RBM as a “management strategy by which processes, outputs and services contribute to the achievement of clearly stated expected accomplishments and objectives. Source: UN-Habitat This article is culled from daily press coverage from... Read more

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