Urban Themes

[ Opportunities ] Posted on Wednesday, October 17, 2018 - 10:02
Size of grant: up to $35,000 Purpose of CFP: seeking an Implementing Partner to conduct a 4-day hackathon session for 70 youth across 3 cities (Mogadishu, Kismayo and Garowe) in Somalia   Submission Start Date: Oct 16th, 2018 Submission Deadline Date: Oct 30st, 2018 To submit the application, please send your proposal to Programme Management Officer, Sharmaarke Abdullahi sharmaarke.abdullahi@un.... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Tuesday, October 16, 2018 - 12:25
If you live in LA, the San Francisco Bay Area, New York, DC, Chicago, or any major US city, you are familiar with the awful, day-destroying traffic problems we already face. I hate sitting in dead-lock, endless tail-light traffic or getting on a metro train that is so crammed full, any train movement sends people stumbling and stepping on each other’s toes. We’re living in a time of population... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Monday, October 15, 2018 - 15:57
In the 1940’s, when Houston’s population was about 400,000 following devastating floods of 1935, city leaders constructed two large reservoirs outside the city to act as detention ponds, should another storm threaten their community. In the decades that followed, however, different leaders, more interested in capitalizing on the boom in oil and gas production, encroached upon these reservoirs,... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Monday, October 15, 2018 - 15:47
The constructed world around us provides the stage for our daily life. The term “built environment” is in the past tense, describing a scenario after the fact. What does it actually mean beyond the obvious connotation of buildings and parks?   If we look closely at these two words they tell a hidden story. We have built, which is made, created and manufactured, and environment, which can be... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Monday, October 15, 2018 - 15:31
With growing slums and emissions - but limited capacity to tackle the problems - these cities are where action will be crucial, experts say BARCELONA - The future that fast-growing cities in South Asia and Africa choose - cleaner and safer, or dirtier and more dangerous - will be pivotal to efforts to limit global warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius, scientists said in a key U.N. report this week.... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Monday, October 15, 2018 - 15:14
The prospect of employment and a brighter future proved a powerful lure in industrializing societies, drawing people en masse from rural areas to emerging urban centres.  In the mid-20th century, as the first megacities sprang up and iconic buildings transformed skylines, cities such as New York and Tokyo became hubs of people, business and opportunity. Today, the bright lights are... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Monday, October 15, 2018 - 12:41
Multisectoral partnerships can play an effective role in carrying out projects that revitalize urban space while facilitating citizen participation and economic development in metropolitan areas. This is what shows the project "Outremont and its surroundings", which will redevelop a former marshalling yard in Montreal, and was presented to urban planners from Brussels and Lyon at the end of... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Thursday, October 11, 2018 - 09:56
Venezuela´s monumental political and economic crisis is threatening to bring cities across Latin America to their knees. More than 2.3 million Venezuelans—roughly 7 percent of the country´s population—have fled since 2014. Many are seeking sanctuary in towns and cities in Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, and Peru. At one point earlier this year, up to 5,000 asylum seekers and forced migrants... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Wednesday, October 10, 2018 - 17:09
The first year was a bit like the first year of a marriage – but with 25 people rather than just one.” That is how Jude Tisdall describes joining a co-housing development purpose-built for women over 50. Tisdall, an arts consultant in her early 60s, moved into the New Ground complex in north London just over a year ago. “I had been mulling over how I wanted to live,” she says. “I’m divorced – my... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Wednesday, October 10, 2018 - 17:07
As the recent Global Climate Action Summit underscored, we’re seeing a steady rise in the number of commitments by cities, states and provinces to address climate change, with over 17,500 actions registered on the NAZCA Climate Action Portal. Not only are these efforts curbing greenhouse gas emissions within their jurisdictions, they can also have far-reaching impacts at the national level. We... Read more