Urban Themes

[ News ] Posted on Wednesday, April 17, 2019 - 17:35
When most people think of electric vehicles, we think of cars, like Teslas, Chevy Bolts and Nissan Leafs. But trucks and buses are going electric, too, and the impact on both our air and our economy could be huge. In 2016, we at The Greenlining Institute joined forces with The Union of Concerned Scientists to analyze the growing electric truck and bus industry, producing the report “Delivering... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Wednesday, April 17, 2019 - 16:58
The development of Smart City strategies and initiatives is in full swing in Australia. Early on, the focus for cities was on next generation broadband rollouts, largely centred on the Australian National Broadband Network and 4G LTE, and digital economic strategies. Moving forward from there, the commencement of Smart City sensor network rollouts, connected infrastructure, and data driven... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Wednesday, April 17, 2019 - 16:51
Around 68% of the global population might live in urban areas by 2050. Smart cities will likely be a part of this future, promising to make our lives more convenient, more secure and more sustainable. Mostly, the stakeholders of smart city projects are politicians, consultants, academics and tech companies. However, the most important group of stakeholders is often missing: the ordinary... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Wednesday, April 17, 2019 - 16:35
An international team of researchers has carried out the first systematic global review of water reallocation from rural to urban regions—the practice of transferring water from rural areas to cities to meet demand from growing urban populations. They found that 69 cities with a population of 383 million people receive approximately 16 billion cubic meters of reallocated water per year—almost the... Read more
[ Opportunities ] Posted on Wednesday, April 17, 2019 - 16:15
Project description Since November 2016 the EU implements the project "Sustainable and Innovative Cities and Regions - India" which is part of the global International Urban Cooperation Programme funded by the EU's Partnership Instrument. The IUC programme aims to lead and develop international urban co-operation in key partner countries and regions in Asia and the Americas and contribute to the... Read more
[ Opportunities ] Posted on Wednesday, April 17, 2019 - 15:57
UN-Habitat and New York University’s Marron Institute of Urban Management are organising a five-day course for city leaders to develop skills and exposure to best practices in metropolitan finance and policy making in municipalities, metropolis, and megacities. The course, which will be in the form of interactive lectures and project-oriented workshops, will run from 15 July to 19 July 2019 at... Read more
[ Opportunities ] Posted on Wednesday, April 17, 2019 - 11:47
CALL FOR PROPOSAL Ref. No. : AOC/CFP/MON/2019/003 Subject: UN-Habitat ROAP Call for Proposal for Mongolia FRUGA - Data collection and Delivery of Simulation model for forecasting future impacts of climate change flooding in UB city & Ger-areas The United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat) Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific (ROAP) hereby solicits your proposal for the above... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Monday, April 15, 2019 - 17:18
Here is something you might try if you live in Britain. Go to your favourite urban place, whether it be the centre of a large city or a small market town. Close your eyes, turn around three times and walk in that direction for 15 minutes (or an hour if you’re in London). I can predict with a reasonable degree of confidence that the place where you end up will be crap. You may be stuck in the no-... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Monday, April 15, 2019 - 16:49
Contrary to popular belief, the developed world isn’t the best role model when it comes to urban development. In fact, says Gerald Babel-Suter, the founder and CEO of the Urban Future Global Conference, the developing world can learn more about what not to do from Europe and North America than what to do. A classic example, he says in an interview, is mobility. “Everything has been centered... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Monday, April 15, 2019 - 16:42
Every year, the world’s most “liveable” cities are celebrated, in city rankings published by Mercer, the Economist Intelligence Unit, and Monocle Magazine. Global institutions including UN Habitat and the OECD are also joining consultancies, media organisations and think tanks, in the quest to compare living standards and well-being in cities. At the last count, there were more than 30 urban... Read more