Urban Themes

[ News ] Posted on Tuesday, April 9, 2019 - 11:33
For the first time in history, more people are living in cities than in rural areas, and this unprecedented shift, spurred by the prospect of jobs, education and a better life, is only picking up pace. In fact, according to the UN, 60% of the world population will live in urban environments by 2030. While this is transforming our cities into vibrant hubs of innovation and development, the... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Tuesday, April 9, 2019 - 11:27
A U.N.-backed partnership will study the futuristic prospect of floating cities, looking at how platforms at sea might help bail out coastal cities at risk of flooding due to climate change. With 90 percent of the world's largest cities vulnerable to inundation as glaciers melt and seas rise on a warming planet, modular platforms anchored to the sea floor could be connected in a ring to house... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Tuesday, April 9, 2019 - 10:54
In 1883, a rooftop garden theatre opened in New York City. The idea was to escape the city summer heat, whilst enjoying some evening entertainment, without actually leaving NYC. A decade later, the New York Times announced that, “New York is fast becoming a city of roof gardens”. In 1935, the Welsh landscape architect Ralph Hancock, saw his Garden of the Nations open on the 11thfloor of the... Read more
[ Document ] Posted on Tuesday, April 9, 2019 - 10:22
We live in an urban world: more than 55 per cent of the world population lives in urban areas today and this number will grow to 68 per cent by 2050. Cities are particularly vulnerable to Climate Change as the concentrate large populations and a centres for the national economy and social-economic development. In order to build the climate resilience of the national population and economy,... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Monday, April 8, 2019 - 06:31
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[ News ] Posted on Wednesday, April 3, 2019 - 17:18
Cities play a central role in innovation and creation of economic opportunity. And since the early days of human civilisation, cities have depended on technology to improve quality of life. That’s one of the core principles behind URBAN-X, the urbantech start-up accelerator built by MINI and Urban Us. Each new advance–from Roman aqueducts to Manhattan’s electrical grid–solved problems from a... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Wednesday, April 3, 2019 - 17:13
Which countries do people live in, globally? It’s a very simple question, but it’s also hard to get an accurate sense of the answer by browsing through a lengthy table of country-level population data. That’s because there are close to 200 countries spread around the globe, with populations ranging from near 1.4 billion (China or India) to countries a mere 0.001% of that size. How is it... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Wednesday, April 3, 2019 - 17:07
Whether moving freight or people, rail is far more energy efficient and less polluting than other transportation modes. And it could get even cleaner. Transportation represents a large portion—about 29 percent—of U.S. emissions, and the share has been rising in recent years. Rail proponents often argue that investment in trains and public transportation is a key part of making transportation... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Wednesday, April 3, 2019 - 17:03
What does it take to be a happy and healthy city? In any city, myriad factors go into the mix – and of course we are not dealing with just one kind of city. But, due to the world history of colonisation, models are still too often European-centric. In particular, we need to adjust how we think about cities in the tropics. For a start, almost half of the world’s population lives in the tropics ... Read more
[ Opportunities ] Posted on Wednesday, April 3, 2019 - 16:09
Shining a light on projects that are providing real solutions to the world's biggest challenges, in line with the globally-sourced Sustainable Development Goals, with a view to expanding them elsewhere. What is the Global Best Practice Programme? Expo 2020 Dubai’s platform to showcase projects that have provided tangible solutions to the world’s biggest challenges. It will highlight... Read more