Urban Themes

[ News ] Posted on Tuesday, May 22, 2018 - 10:17
We often get asked questions from urban planners, policymakers, and real estate professionals asking how they should prepare for the future of mobility, today. Some are architects and developers wanting to know how their buildings and planned communities should be designed in a shared automated future. Some are planners and policymakers wanting to know if and how their zoning and building codes... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Tuesday, May 22, 2018 - 10:04
Kaiser Permanente is pledging $200 million toward fighting homelessness and building more low-cost housing in eight states, plus D.C. Housing is healthcare. That’s a common refrain among leaders working on public health issues that range from substance abuse to food insecurity. Fighting poverty and homelessness, and treating the many negative health outcomes associated with living outside... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Tuesday, May 22, 2018 - 10:02
The United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres and World Bank Group President Jim Yong Kim, guided by the Addis Ababa Action Agenda on Financing for Development and the Paris Agreement on Climate Change, today signed a Strategic Partnership Framework (SPF), which demonstrates their joint commitment to cooperate in helping countries implement the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. The... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Tuesday, May 22, 2018 - 09:53
Cities are at the heart of modern living. It is estimated that by 2050 more than two-thirds of the world’s population will live in cities, suggesting an unprecedented wave of urban growth. Smart and green cities hold the key to a sustainable and low-carbon future. With modern technology, energy-neutral buildings are possible. These buildings are better for our planet, reduce the global water... Read more
[ Event ] Posted on Tuesday, May 22, 2018 - 09:28
Themed "Liveable & Sustainable Cities: Embracing the Future through Innovation and Collaboration", the 6th World Cities Summit in 2018 will explore how cities can be more liveable and resilient through better governance and planning, technology and social innovations, as well as collaborations with various stakeholders with other cities. Through shared vision and active engagement, the public... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Monday, May 21, 2018 - 16:31
"Managing urban growth has become one of the most important development challenges of the current century"   UNITED NATIONS - Two-thirds of people in the world will be living in cities by 2050, and the boom will be concentrated in three countries - India, China and Nigeria, according to United Nations estimates released on Wednesday. The world's rural population will peak in a few years then... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Monday, May 21, 2018 - 16:23
Eight cities – from Accra to Dar es Salaam – pledged to deliver their share of emissions cuts needed to meet global targets to limit climate change   LAGOS - Africa is sometimes better known for its vulnerability to climate change than its action on the problem – but a set of African cities intend to change that. Eight cities – from Accra to Dar es Salaam – pledged this week to deliver their... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Thursday, May 17, 2018 - 14:13
The run-up to Ireland’s abortion vote has revealed a divide already at the fore in the US, Italy and Poland – where urban policy-makers are standing up against state conservatism Alone woman scales a brick building, turning to look at a number 8 chained to her ankle, hampering her progress. The animation appeared this month, projected on to Dublin’s Treasury building, and images quickly spread on... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Thursday, May 17, 2018 - 12:28
Ghent, Lahti, and Lisbon have been shortlisted to become the 2020 European Green Capital, a European Commission initiative. 2020 marks the 10th anniversary of the award. Andrea Wesolowski, from the European Green Capital Secretariat, examines how previous winners have been able to stimulate their growth, liveability and sustainability for citizens.  The search for the 2020 European Green Capital... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Thursday, May 17, 2018 - 11:45
Numerous panels during a recent smart cities conference in New York City—including a keynote from Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel—highlighted how technology could exacerbate today's inequalities. Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel isn’t known for pulling punches, and at a recent smart cities conference, he lived up to that reputation. During his keynote discussion, he spoke to a packed audience about the need... Read more

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