Urban Themes

[ Interaction ] Posted on Monday, June 24, 2019 - 15:43
Gil is the founder and chair of the internationally recognized Canadian non-profit organization 8 80 Cities. He is also first Ambassador of World Urban Parks. He holds an MBA from UCLA’s Anderson School of Management, where he recently was selected as one of the “100 Most Inspirational Alumni” in the school’s history. In 2015 Gil received a Doctorate Honoris Causa from the Faculty of Urban... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Monday, June 24, 2019 - 15:09
Building suitable and sustainable accommodation for growing populations is becoming one of the biggest urban challenges facing Europe’s big cities. London, for example, is expected to grow by 8.8 percent to 9.5 million by 2026 and Berlin to grow from 3.5 million to 4 million by 2035. “Affordability is a huge issue and has a big impact on cities, their ability to attract talent and sustain... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Monday, June 24, 2019 - 15:05
The term “smart city” has gained in popularity, but the label still conjures the use the technologies to solve operational problems. Rather, cities are complex and need intelligent, transformative and engaged efforts. Sustainable development goals such as in health, housing, education, energy, hunger and happiness have always been urban issues. The 1994 European Cities and Town Charter on... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Monday, June 24, 2019 - 14:58
Proximity has always been an essential ingredient in building great places. From Jane Jacobs to Jan Gehl, urban theorists consistently argue that bringing people and opportunities closer together allows neighborhoods to flourish. New research from the Bass Center for Transformative Placemaking at Brookings confirms that when it comes to site selection, American businesses continue to value... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Monday, June 24, 2019 - 13:49
Have you ever cycled through a lake or ridden a bike through tree tops 10 metres above the ground? For most cyclists, the answer is ‘no’, but that could be about to change. The second Bicycle Architecture Biennale in Amsterdam features forward-thinking, creative and quirky infrastructure projects aimed at encouraging people to turn to peddle-power.  “By showcasing the most dynamic, visual... Read more
[ Document ] Posted on Thursday, June 20, 2019 - 10:51
About 90% of cities around the world do not provide affordable housing or of adequate quality. The cost of housing, as well as location, prohibits people from meeting other basic living costs, threatening their employment and fundamental human rights. Cities are growing at an unprecedented rate, presenting an incredible opportunity for the development of local economies. However, their residents... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Thursday, June 20, 2019 - 10:45
'Unfortunately, conservation of forests in one country often just shifts deforestation to another'   BANGKOK - Sprawling urban areas and expanding plantations are placing greater pressure on forests and resources in Asia-Pacific, hurting rural communities and exacerbating the effects of climate change, the United Nations food agency said on Tuesday. The region has the world's lowest per capita... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Thursday, June 20, 2019 - 10:33
When countries adopted the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in 2015, the inclusion of SDG 11 highlighted the importance of urbanization to sustainable development, and committed national governments to support cities in becoming more inclusive and resilient. Four years in, it is clear that cities matter for much more than SDG 11. Mayors and local government officials are demonstrating that... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Thursday, June 20, 2019 - 10:27
Cities are what keep the global economic machine humming. Over 80% of the world’s economic output is derived from activities in cities – and more specifically, it’s estimated that 60% of GDP growth occurs in just the top 600 urban centers. Given the above, it’s fair to say that the destiny of humankind is directly linked to what happens in major cities. Further, how urbanization plays out over... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Thursday, June 20, 2019 - 10:19
A Schizophrenic Approach to Building Cities Two currents — so far, irreconcilable and mutually exclusive — are shaping our cities. On the one hand, we have vast construction projects churning profits for multinationals, local firms, and indirectly for stockholders. The media is inundated with their exciting images, and the developing world appears as a testing-ground for the more ambitious (and... Read more

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