Urban Themes

[ News ] Posted on Thursday, April 12, 2018 - 09:07
Scarce, unaffordable housing is not a local problem in a few places, but is baked into the 21st-century global city. It’s time for cities, nations, and global leaders to start acting like it. From reading the press, you’d think the housing crisis is mainly relevant to superstar cities like New York, London, and San Francisco. But housing is becoming increasingly expensive in a wide range of... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Wednesday, April 11, 2018 - 15:30
Spurred by its policy of reform and opening up, China has experienced the largest and most rapid urbanization in human history; in 30 years China's urbanization rate rose from less than 20 percent to over 58 percent.   Its development, however, is unbalanced, said Li Tie, chairman and chief economist of the China Center for Urban Development, speaking at the 2018 Boao Forum for Asia (BFA) on Apr... Read more
[ Event ] Posted on Wednesday, April 11, 2018 - 15:07
Decision-makers, senior managers, and senior government officials of UN HABITAT partners are invited to apply for the 8th Shelter Academy organized by Arcadis and UN Habitat. This year’s Shelter Academy will take place between the 3 – 7 September 2018 in Amsterdam and Rotterdam, the Netherlands, and will focus on climate adaptation and mitigation: options for cities. To be considered, applicants... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Wednesday, April 11, 2018 - 15:03
The recent deaths of a woman struck by a car Uber was testing in driverless mode, and of a man whose Tesla Model X crashed when his hands were off the steering wheel because he was letting the car do some of the driving, may shift the debate over autonomous vehicles. Those tragic fatalities are raising overdue questions about whether people and places will be ready when this new technology moves... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Wednesday, April 11, 2018 - 14:53
In 2013, The Rockefeller Foundation launched 100 Resilient Cities (100RC), to help and inspire cities to innovate and adapt in their growing role as standard-bearers for a more resilient future. In creating 100RC, the Foundation understood the need to work directly with municipal governments to upend the old structures that stymie this potential. With seed funding and training for a new position... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Wednesday, April 11, 2018 - 14:51
Rose Molokoane picked up the microphone at the World Urban Forum in Kuala Lumpur in February, and challenged the room full of policymakers, practitioners and researchers. “I’ve been a part of every World Urban Forum, and government is always talking about needing to work together better,” said the deputy president of the Shack/Slum Dwellers International. The audience, many of them from... Read more
[ Document ] Posted on Wednesday, April 11, 2018 - 14:31
This report takes stock of discussions held between academics and country practitioners during a series of seminars organised in 2017 by the OECD and the European Commission that focused on opportunities to improve the design and delivery of regional development policies. What can governments do to enhance economic development in regions and cities ? What lessons can be drawn from theory and... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Wednesday, April 11, 2018 - 12:12
Digital Inclusion Many cities around the world benefit from innovation and digitization strategies. Smart Cities initiatives provide the catalyst for urban communities to become more resilient and sustainable, affording economic efficiencies, environmental innovations, enhanced public security, smarter mobility, fresh economic activity, and 21st century jobs. Cities carry the brunt of modern day... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Wednesday, April 11, 2018 - 12:02
Fed up with traffic and worried about pollution, more middle class Nairobi residents are leaving their cars at home NAIROBI, April 6 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - It is dawn along the Waiyaki Way highway on the northwest side of Nairobi, but the road into town is already packed with traffic of every stripe. As a 14-seater van skids into a bus stop, a young man in denim jeans and a yellow... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Wednesday, April 11, 2018 - 11:44
Brazil's government will need the prior permission of lawmakers to go ahead with development projects in protected areas RIO DE JANEIRO, April 9 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Brazil's government has been told that development projects, including hydropower dams, in protected areas can no longer go ahead without the prior approval of lawmakers. Last week's ruling by the supreme court followed the... Read more