Urban Themes

[ News ] Posted on Wednesday, September 6, 2017 - 12:18
What can cities do to encourage cultural experiments and investment? And what kind of spaces do artists need for creativity to flourish? Rem Koolhaas and Ellen van Loon of OMA architecture practice are in conversation at the Manchester International festival, talking about the major contract they landed for the Manchester arts centre Factory: a hub for cultural activity and soon to be home of... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Wednesday, September 6, 2017 - 11:40
“If we only respond to the past, we will only get answers that fit the past,” says Dutch water expert Henk Ovink. Rives Taylor, a principal at the architecture firm Gensler and a 40-plus-year resident of Houston, is lucky. His home in Houston Heights, an older neighborhood northwest of downtown, was spared from Hurricane Harvey’s flooding. Part of that is due to the natural topography of the... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Wednesday, September 6, 2017 - 11:02
5 September 2017 – The United Nations deputy chief today said that the Organization is failing to deliver sufficiently in cities, and its work in and on urban areas must be reinvigorated, as the General Assembly kicked off a high-level meeting on a new UN approach to the rapidly urbanizing world. “Today, we acknowledge that the UN is not delivering sufficiently in cities. And, through our common... Read more
[ Interaction ] Posted on Tuesday, September 5, 2017 - 11:59
Jonathan Andrews spoke to Victor Splittgerber, CTO & Co-Founder, Green City Solutions, about a new form of urban street furniture that ‘eats’ pollution at the pedestrian level How does it work? Green City Solutions addresses the global problem of air pollution by combining a special, vertical installed moss culture with Internet-of-Things (IoT) technology. Called the CityTree, it combines... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Tuesday, September 5, 2017 - 11:53
Smart city development is no longer an option. Cities are sprouting at practically every nook and corner and in any given week, approximately 1.5 million people become urban dwellers. At this pace, the urban cohort will account for over two-thirds of the global population by 2050, and the usual problems of urbanization will persist, except at a larger scale. Many cities are waking up to this... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Tuesday, September 5, 2017 - 11:11
A delegation of local and regional leaders and representatives of the networks of the Global Taskforce will bring the messages of local government networks to the UNGA High-level Meeting on the New Urban Agenda and UN-Habitat this week On Monday, 4 September, the Global Taskforce of Local and Regional Governments met in New York to adopt a joint statement on the report of the Independent Panel... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Tuesday, September 5, 2017 - 10:58
The waters are receding in Houston, and so, inevitably, is national interest. But Harvey will leave a huge amount of wreckage behind, some of it invisible. In particular, we don’t yet know just how much poison has been released by flooding of chemical plants, waste dumps, and more. But it’s a good bet that more people will eventually die from the toxins Harvey leaves behind than were killed... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Tuesday, September 5, 2017 - 10:49
Chengdu aims to provide 17,000km of protected bicycle lanes as part of plans to tackle pollution and traffic congestion ork began on Saturday and the city government plans to finish the project in less than a decade, the Chengdu Evening News reported on Monday. “At present, considering all cities around the world, the Tianfu cycle lane should be the longest,” said Zhang Jing, an architect... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Monday, September 4, 2017 - 16:07
The OECD recently released the report, “Social Protection in East Africa: Harnessing the Future,” with a specific focus on Zambia, Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, Ethiopia, and Mozambique. The report aims to inform social protection policy formulation in light of anticipated changes in the region, including rapid urbanization, climate change, and population growth.  The report states that in the period... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Monday, September 4, 2017 - 12:32
Ahead of a major meeting next week, a prominent grouping of civil society representatives is urging the United Nations to strengthen its coordinated response to rapid urbanization by copying mechanisms set up decades ago: those created to combat global climate change. The suggestion comes from an umbrella group of urban constituencies known as the General Assembly of Partners (GAP). In a... Read more