Urban Themes

[ News ] Posted on Monday, September 5, 2011 - 15:19
As part of its work providing sustainable procurement solutions to European public authorities, the SCI-Network has established five working groups to investigate best practice in different areas related to construction procurement. The areas focused on include environmental assessment tools, innovative technical solutions, whole life/life cycle costing approaches, innovative financing and... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Monday, September 5, 2011 - 15:14
To combat problems caused by the city’s beaver population, ICLEI member Riga (Latvia), launched a competition to find humane solutions so both animals and citizens could live in harmony. The beavers had destroyed several trees and damaged the city canal’s underpinning. Three winners, all Latvian, were selected from a total of 70 ideas submitted from around the world, with each winner receiving a... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Monday, September 5, 2011 - 12:00
Local leaders, experts and the business community will converge on Freiburg (Germany) for Local Renewables 2011 to discuss the latest trends and developments from 27 – 28 October. This must-attend event will focus on sustainable construction, greening existing buildings or designing efficient new districts and ultimately improving the overall quality of life in cities. Expert speakers will... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Monday, September 5, 2011 - 11:53
The Informed Cities Forum 2011, taking place in Naples (Italy) from 26-27 October 2011, offers European local governments and researchers the opportunity to address issues related to urban sustainability at a local government level. Over the next 30 years, the world's urban population is expected to double to more than five billion making the long term viability of urban living a hot topic. The... Read more
[ Document ] Posted on Monday, September 5, 2011 - 11:22
The Government of the Republic of the Union of Myanmar (GoRUM), the United Nations, and local and international non-governmental organizations have been working to recover the lives of the victims of the earthquake which struck eastern Shan State on 24th March, 2011 and left more than 3,000 people homeless, 74 dead and 125 injured. The earthquake affected 18,000 people from 90 villages. In the 50... Read more
[ Event ] Posted on Friday, September 2, 2011 - 12:51
The Working Party on Land Administration workshop will focus on the theme "Land Administration in a Networked Society." The main goal of the workshop will be to discuss the changes in land registry and cadastre organizations face in a networked society and the consequences for the land registry and cadastre organizations.   The theme is divided in four subthemes: (a) Changing role and... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Friday, September 2, 2011 - 12:02
Greening America's Capitals is a project of the Partnership for Sustainable Communities between EPA, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), and the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) to help state capitals develop an implementable vision of distinctive, environmentally friendly neighborhoods that incorporate innovative green building and green infrastructure strategies.... Read more
[ Opportunities ] Posted on Friday, September 2, 2011 - 11:54
Registration 2011 Andreu World International Design Competition is open! The winner of this year's edition will receive $3000 in prize money. There will also be a second prize of $1000 and four special mentions. For more information, please follow the link below.
[ News ] Posted on Friday, September 2, 2011 - 11:39
While the vitality and stimulation of the urban environment can be pleasant, those living in or visiting densely populated areas, such as New York, can have wildly different experiences. The ever-present cacophony of traffic, construction, and commerce; the struggle for mental and physical space; and the anxious need for constant communication in person or via technology are relentless assaults... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Friday, September 2, 2011 - 11:34
In Game Urbanism, Hans Venhuizen deals with the culture of spatial planning. Venhuizen advances a broad understanding of culture that encompasses cultural history, heritage, architecture and art, as well as the culture of the current residents of a region and the idiosyncrasy of a place. In his search for a more specific identity for cities and areas, Venhuizen links the worlds of culture and... Read more

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