Urban Themes

[ News ] Posted on Wednesday, September 21, 2011 - 09:55
The start of September saw the official launch of the Cape Town Climate Change Coalition’s "Climate Smart Cape Town Campaign". The focus of the campaign is to help residents of Cape Town learn about climate change and how they can take action, as well as to learn about the actions already being taken by the City of Cape Town and other leading public and private sector organisations to mitigate... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Tuesday, September 20, 2011 - 13:03
Ministers and senior officials from Latin America and the Caribbean MINURVI group last week brought climate change and housing issues to the top of their agenda in preparation for a series of major international and regional meetings. The group of Ministers in charge of housing and urban development known by its Spanish acronym as, MINURVI, flagged the issues at their 20th General Assembly on 14... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Tuesday, September 20, 2011 - 12:50
British science has led to a use for waste glass that cannot be recycled that could help clean up polluted waterways by acting as an ion-exchange filter to remove lead, cadmium and other toxic metals. Details are published in a forthcoming issue of the International Journal of Environment and Waste Management. Only a fraction of waste glass bottles and jars can be recycled, partly because much of... Read more
[ Document ] Posted on Tuesday, September 20, 2011 - 12:44
The objective of the ongoing Slum Networking Project in the city of Ahmedabad is transformation of the urban environment through a unique partnership between the Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation, (AMC), non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and communities. The approach for provision of a package of basic infrastructure services at the household and slum level in an affordable and sustainable way... Read more
[ Opportunities ] Posted on Monday, September 19, 2011 - 15:34
Do you have a research question on ‘Urbanization and Development’ you want to explore but are short of funds for? Here is your chance to receive grants of up to US$ 30,000 to pursue your academic quest. And it does not stop there! The Global Development Network (GDN) is also giving you the opportunity to get up to US$ 10,000 in recognition of the quality of your completed research under this... Read more
[ Event ] Posted on Monday, September 19, 2011 - 15:09
The event will focus on the theme "Affordable Rental Housing for the Young." The event will focus on the access of the young population in the housing market since one of the biggest problems in EU today is that young people are increasingly squeezed out of the housing market; affordable housing in both the private and social rented sector is in short supply and buying a home is out of reach of... Read more
[ Opportunities ] Posted on Monday, September 19, 2011 - 14:51
The United Nations Secretary-General's UNiTE campaign has launched the T-Shirt Design Competition! The UNiTE to End Violence against Women campaign aims to raise public awareness and increase political will and resources for preventing and ending all forms of violence against women and girls in all parts of the world. Who should participate? Young men aged between 18 – 25 years old are invited... Read more
[ Event ] Posted on Monday, September 19, 2011 - 11:17
The Société d'habitation du Québec is pleased to present the 5th edition of Rendez-vous de l’habitation, an activity that is organized every year to coincide with World Habitat Day. The event will be based on the theme "Working Together to Build a Living Environment Adjusted to People’s Needs." A dozen speakers will present innovative practices in the area of housing for special needs clients,... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Monday, September 19, 2011 - 10:19
Water softening techniques are very effective for removing minerals such as calcium and magnesium, which occur as positively-charged ions in "hard" water. But many heavy metals and other inorganic pollutants form negatively-charged ions in water, and existing water treatment processes to remove them are inefficient and expensive. Chemists at the University of California, Santa Cruz, have now... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Friday, September 16, 2011 - 11:46
Dear Colleagues,   just to inform you that so far I have uploaded all documents currently available for our CCCI cities in Africa, Latin America and the Pacific.   However, I am waiting for further input from my colleagues because there do exists more material and at the beginning of next week I will add our literature from the Asian CCCI cities.   Best   Malte