Urban Themes

[ News ] Posted on Friday, January 6, 2012 - 09:40
Jobs of the future will be located in areas with some of the fastest bandwidth in the world, writes columnist Thomas Friedman. Friedman asserts that the revolution of information technology combined with globalization is leading to greater innovation and creativity across the globe: "The best of these ecosystems will be cities and towns that combine a university, an educated populace, a dynamic... Read more
[ Opportunities ] Posted on Wednesday, January 4, 2012 - 16:23
Organization setting The United Nations Human Settlements Programme, UN-Habitat, is the agency for human settlements. It is mandated by the UN General Assembly to promote socially and environmentally sustainable towns and cities with the goal of providing adequate shelter for all. This post is located in the Regional Office for Africa and the Arab States (ROAAS) of UN-Habitat, Somalia Programme... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Tuesday, January 3, 2012 - 12:25
Poor air quality has led to an explosion of a health problems among vulnerable populations, claims the American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA). ASLA has produced a video explaining how urban forests provide tremendous environmental benefits to densely populated cities. "Urban forests reduce energy use by providing shade in the summer and wind breaks in the winter, reduce stormwater runoff... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Tuesday, January 3, 2012 - 12:19
20 URBACT projects have completed their programme of exchange and learning activities. The project partners have been working relentlessly for three years looking for joint, effective and sustainable solutions to major urban challenges. These projects have brought to light solutions that have proven effective and providing valuable support for policy makers and practitioners involved in tackling... Read more
[ Event ] Posted on Tuesday, January 3, 2012 - 12:15
The 8th International Conference on Sustainable Architecture and Urban Development (ICSAUD 2012) aims to bring together academic scientists, leading engineers, industry researchers and scholar students to exchange and share their experiences and research results about all aspects of Sustainable Architecture and Urban Development, and discuss the practical challenges encountered and the solutions... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Tuesday, January 3, 2012 - 11:59
As part of the project “Promotion of Water, Sanitation & Hygiene Education and Water Quality Monitoring in Mangalore City, India”, water quality testing laboratories are being jointly established by the German company BASF, UN-HABITAT and The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI) in eight schools in Mangalore. The groundwork for water laboratories at two nodal schools - Vidyadayini High... Read more
[ Document ] Posted on Tuesday, January 3, 2012 - 09:55
Green infrastructure is a popular framework for conservation planning. The main elements of green infrastructure are hubs and links. Hubs tend to be large areas of
[ News ] Posted on Tuesday, January 3, 2012 - 09:39
Between high-end homebuyers and those applying for social housing exists the sizeable yet financially underserved consumers in South Africa's 'gap' housing market, also referred to as the 'affordable' market. This 'gap' population comprises people and families who earn between 7,000 and 16,000 Rand (550 and 1,250 British Pounds) per month — too high to receive social housing grants, yet too low... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Tuesday, January 3, 2012 - 09:32
The 'smart city' concept has existed for several years, but only now, with some trial and error, are we seeing the real fruits of these efforts coming to light. While the ambitions of Masdar City have been scaled back somewhat, Amsterdam is forging ahead, piloting a number of schemes to introduce smart technology to the way energy and other resources are managed within the city. Under increasing... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Tuesday, January 3, 2012 - 09:16
Yusaf Samiullah Obe argues for the complexity of urban environments, stating that this is what international development organisations must apprehend and address if they are to improve the quality of urban livelihoods in a time of austerity amongst donor governments. NB: Press Cutting Service This article is culled from daily press coverage from around the world. It is posted on the Urban... Read more