Urban Themes

[ News ] Posted on Wednesday, October 10, 2018 - 16:48
The City of Paris and the RATP Group, the state-owned public transport operator that runs the Paris Métro subway, have jointly launched Les Deux Rives, a bold initiative to build the world’s greenest business district. Les Deux Rives ("the Two Banks") designates the dense area in the heart of Paris between Lyon and Austerlitz train stations and the neighbourhoods of Bercy and Tolbiac. Divided... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Wednesday, October 10, 2018 - 16:45
A year after Hurricane Maria ravaged Puerto Rico in 2017, many residents continue to struggle with mental illness. One suicide prevention hotline center, for example, has had over 4,500 calls, double those before Maria. That same year significant psychological problems also appeared in Sonoma County, California after historic wildfires destroyed entire neighborhoods. Are these unique occurrences... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Wednesday, October 10, 2018 - 16:42
From the crowded markets of Dakar and Karachi to the informal settlements of Addis Ababa and Rio de Janeiro, urban technology seems to be thriving everywhere. Whether used for hitching a ride and navigating grinding traffic or buying coffee and finding a date, smartphones and apps are ubiquitous. To many people living in the world's low and medium-income metropolises, tech companies like Waze,... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Wednesday, October 10, 2018 - 16:39
Cities are under pressure to bring their infrastructure up to speed HONG KONG - Cities around the world should tap ethical entrepreneurs to help ease their growing pains, ranging from homelessness to unemployment, Nobel laureate Muhammad Yunus said on Thursday. The founder of the microcredit movement said "social business cities", which have sprung up from Germany to Japan, could help to solve... Read more
[ Opportunities ] Posted on Wednesday, October 10, 2018 - 16:08
About WRI World Resources Institute (WRI) is an independent, nonprofit global research organization that turns big ideas into action at the nexus of environment, economic opportunity and human well-being. We are working to address six critical challenges that the world must overcome this decade in order to secure a sustainable future for people and the planet: climate change, energy, food,... Read more
[ Opportunities ] Posted on Wednesday, October 10, 2018 - 16:05
CONSULTANT VACANCY ANNOUNCEMENT  Issued on: 08 October 2018 ORGANIZATIONAL LOCATION: UN-HABITAT, Somalia DUTY STATION: Nairobi (with frequent missions to Somalia) FUNCTIONAL TITLE: Urban and Regional Planner – International Consultant DURATION: 12 months CLOSING DATE: 15 October 2018 The United Nations Human Settlements Programme, UN-HABITAT, is the United Nations agency for... Read more
[ Document ] Posted on Wednesday, October 10, 2018 - 15:34
ABOUT Cities matter to the Manhattan Institute. Since 2014, the Manhattan Institute has brought together public, private, and nonprofit leaders from around the country to shape the future of urban America. From housing to transportation and regulation to urban planning, we have developed nationally-relevant policy solutions grounded in unique local experiences. Learn more about MI's work in U.S... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Tuesday, October 9, 2018 - 11:21
LONDON – More than half of the world’s population now live in cities — and the figure will rise to more than two thirds by 2050, according to a United Nations forecast. Growing numbers of city residents put pressure on energy and water resources, transport networks, environment, national healthcare budgets as well as many more aspects of the city. Thankfully, some of the most important problems... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Tuesday, October 9, 2018 - 11:18
If you’ve ever sat in traffic crawling at 5 miles per hour or been late to an appointment because of inadequate public transportation, I don’t need to tell you that transportation represents a constant challenge across the United States. But let’s not kid ourselves about which people bear the most transportation burdens. People of color breathe disproportionate levels of toxic smog from... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Tuesday, October 9, 2018 - 10:39
"Our planet's future climate is inextricably tied to the future of its forests" BARCELONA - Scientists from around the world called for stepped-up efforts to use forests to keep global warming to the lowest limit agreed by governments in 2015, as a key report on how to meet that goal is finalised in South Korea this week. "Forests really are the unsung hero of our struggle to address climate... Read more