Urban Themes

[ Document ] Posted on Tuesday, October 18, 2011 - 15:30
“City halls around the world are beginning to feel the effect of an unheralded revolution. New mayors with new policies are coming in. National governments are starting to loosen their grip. The result is a yeasty period of experimentation which may yet prove that the problems of cities can be overcome.” This may be a somewhat optimistic reading for most city leaders all over the world, but it... Read more
[ Document ] Posted on Tuesday, October 18, 2011 - 14:40
Sustainable urban governance needs to be participatory. Municipal decision-making processes have to be responsive, transparent and inclusive, they should also actively promote citizen involvement. While the concept of participatory urban governance is increasingly popular in Western societies, in East-Central Europe it struggles to overcome the complex effects of system transformation. The Polish... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Monday, October 17, 2011 - 12:09
Paul Gianakas saw a business opportunity in the cars of the future. To finance it, he had to part with cars of the past. His 1965 Chevrolet El Camino left the garage and never came back. His 1968 Ford Mustang moved on to greener driveways. The sale of those two hot rods and several others helped raise the $100,000 that Mr. Gianakas needed to launch Ecofriendly LLC, a 3-year-old company in... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Monday, October 17, 2011 - 11:45
If you think of gas stations as grubby, oil-stained eyesores that stand for energy consumption rather than conservation, check out Beaverton’s new Highland Chevron and Extra Mile, at Murray and Allen boulevards. And if your idea of a gas station owner conjures up a gruff, seen-it-all-before type in a grease-soaked Carhartt shirt, well, meet Bob Barman, the station’s gregarious, green-conscious... Read more
[ Event ] Posted on Friday, October 14, 2011 - 11:05
The 1st International Environment Forum for basin organizations will focus on Freshwater Governance Beyond Rio + 20: Meeting the Sustainability Challenge. It will create a platform for basin organizations from all around the globe to work together towards strengthening the governance and management of transboundary basins through the adequate consideration and integration of environmental aspects... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Friday, October 14, 2011 - 10:24
Hungary’s first eco-playground has opened in ICLEI member city Budapest. The playground is lit by solar lighting and built along environmentally sustainable lines, with great care taken during construction to preserve the natural properties of the soil at the site. Notice boards at the facility aim to educate children and inspire parents with ideas for their own homes. At an unconventional... Read more
[ Document ] Posted on Thursday, October 13, 2011 - 22:11
What does a city mean to you? Cities are springing up all over the globe. Such rapid growth comes with challenges for urban planners and mayors to ensure sustainable urban development. However, this challenge is best tackled when we understand what a city means to both urban practitioners and to the layman. One is quoted defining a city as follows, “A city is a playground for the rich and a... Read more
[ Document ] Posted on Thursday, October 13, 2011 - 15:12
What does a city mean to you? What does a city mean to you?
[ News ] Posted on Thursday, October 13, 2011 - 13:06
A logo competition for the Initiative, instigated in partnership with the Norwegian University of Science and Technology, resulted in a winner after much deliberation, thanks to jury members David Fortin from Montana State University, Fiona Jack from University of Auckland and Victor Mgendi and Jane Nyakairu from UN-HABITAT. The winner, Andrew M. Wee, of the Philippines, received his degree in... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Thursday, October 13, 2011 - 12:26
Kinshasa, 10 October 2011 - With half of Africa's forests and water resources and trillion-dollar mineral reserves, the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) could become a powerhouse of African development provided multiple pressures on its natural resources are urgently addressed. A major Post-Conflict Environmental Assessment of the DRC by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP)... Read more