Urban Themes

[ News ] Posted on Wednesday, April 10, 2019 - 15:26
Nine essential ingredients for happier, healthier cities   What’s the recipe for happier cities? When we ask this question of friends who design and plan cities, they are unfailingly generous with their opinions. Some architects answer that it’s all about aesthetics. Some traffic engineers say it’s about level of service — that is, how efficiently they can move cars around. Landscape architects... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Wednesday, April 10, 2019 - 15:14
Overcrowded, dirty, and disorderly cities undermine residents’ health as much as their happiness. With urbanization occurring at an unprecedented rate, there is an urgent need for careful planning, collaboration, communication, and consensus. SINGAPORE – Dante’s Divine Comedy describes one level of hell (the City of Dis) as“Satan’s wretched city … full of distress and torment terrible.” He could... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Wednesday, April 10, 2019 - 14:57
By 2050, urbanization – combined with the overall growth of the world’s population – could add another 2.5 billion people to urban areas by 2050. Close to 90% of this increase will take place in Asia and Africa. While this bodes well for economic agglomerations, many cities are constrained by livability.  Pressure on land resources and urban space is immense in Asia and Africa, with high... Read more
[ Document ] Posted on Wednesday, April 10, 2019 - 14:36
Transit-oriented development, commonly known as TOD, is a planning and design strategy that focuses on creating urban development patterns which facilitate the use of public transit,walking and cycling, as primary modes of transport and which supports vibrant, diverse and livable communities. This is achieved by concentrating urban densities, communities and activities within a 5-10 minute... Read more
[ Document ] Posted on Wednesday, April 10, 2019 - 11:19
Based on the experiences and inputs from Atlanta, Barcelona and Île-de-France, the pilot project, Metroairports, investigated, between 2017 and 2019, the interactions of airports within the territory where they are located.The report shows the results of the case studies of four airport areas (Barcelona-El Prat, Atlanta Hartsfield-Jackson and Paris Charles de Gaulle - Paris Orly) that were... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Wednesday, April 10, 2019 - 11:07
Final report of the MetroAirports pilot project report proposes an integrated vision to turn extended airport areas into places that foster the quality of life of metropolitan citizens How do you approach land planning in such complex and fragmented institutional landscapes like airport areas? How to build a shared vision for the long-term development among all the stakeholders involved in those... Read more
[ Event ] Posted on Wednesday, April 10, 2019 - 09:36
THE GLOBAL FORUM     Resilient Cities – The Annual Global Forum on Urban Resilience and Adaptation – is hosted every year in Bonn. In 2010 ICLEI – Local Governments for Sustainability, the World Mayors Council on Climate Change and the City of Bonn, Germanylaunched Resilient Cities, the first forum on cities and adaptation to climate change (in 2012 renamed as Global Forum on Urban... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Tuesday, April 9, 2019 - 12:50
As our cities slowly rise to prominence once again, and as droves of Americans make their way back to their urban centers, the decisions our developers and city governments about the future of our downtowns are suddenly magnified.  Proposals to create high-priced condos, sports complexes, auditoriums and even casinos clash with calls for greenspace, affordable housing, walkability, practical and... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Tuesday, April 9, 2019 - 12:21
The United Nations just unveiled a concept for a floating city that can hold around 10,000 residents. The city is built to withstand natural disasters like floods, tsunamis, and hurricanes. The design comes from architect Bjarke Ingels and floating city builder Oceanix. At a roundtable on Wednesday, the UN said floating cities could help protect people from sea-level rise while addressing the... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Tuesday, April 9, 2019 - 11:54
A network of European cities has urged climate change leaders to do more to include them in global efforts to limit rising temperatures. The call for greater inclusion in climate negotiations comes after 12 European cities agreed to cut their carbon emissions 40 percent by 2030, at the EUROCITIES Environment Forum in Genoa. “By committing to strong actions on climate change, cities are showing... Read more

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