Urban Themes

[ News ] Posted on Monday, February 11, 2019 - 17:22
Cities are currently both climate-culprit and climate-victim. They are already responsible for 70 percent of global energy-related greenhouse gas emissions and 65 percent of global energy demand; they could easily account for more than three-quarters of electricity use by 2030. Cities in emerging economies, where 95 percent of population growth to 2030 and beyond will occur, will account for the... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Monday, February 11, 2019 - 17:17
With limited resources and little room for failure, choosing the right procurement strategy has been crucial for US cities to stay ahead of the innovation curve. Standard procurement processes are restrictive. They take time and lack the flexibility required to change and adapt specifications to the reality of the problem they are trying to solve. Searching for the right partner through a... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Monday, February 11, 2019 - 17:12
Bike equity is a powerful tool for reducing inequality. Too often, cycling infrastructure is tailored only to wealthy white cyclists. Designing for bikes has become a hallmark of forward-looking modern cities worldwide. Bike-friendly city ratings abound, and advocates promote cycling as a way to reduce problems ranging from air pollution to traffic deaths. But urban cycling investments tend to... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Monday, February 11, 2019 - 17:06
Our homes play a number of vital roles in our lives. They are where we rest, spend time with friends and family, and can be most ourselves. Given this central role it is not surprising that researchers have found a number of important relationships between the homes we live in and our health. A lot of this evidence uses subjective measures, where people are asked in surveys to rate their... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Monday, February 11, 2019 - 15:58
Cities today have to make difficult choices around urban adaptation. There are currently too many tasks, too many options, too many alternative scenarios for cities to “see” solutions without access to data. The Urban Adaptation Assessment (UAA) is a tool designed to make local level choices easier to visualize and articulate.   Exploring Future Climate Costs and Current Vulnerabilities Developed... Read more
[ Event ] Posted on Monday, February 11, 2019 - 09:01
The World Urban Forum, which is convened by UN-Habitat, is the world’s most important conference on cities. As a non-legislative forum open to all, it provides the opportunity for thousands of participants involved in all aspects of urbanization to share practices and knowledge on how cities are built, planned and managed. Participants include national, regional and local government, NGOs... Read more
[ Event ] Posted on Thursday, February 7, 2019 - 23:01
Water Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) Workshop 8th – 12th April 2019, Naivasha, Kenya Introduction: Communities need access to safe drinking water, adequate sanitation and hygiene. Effective intervention can reduce the spread of disease, alleviate suffering and ultimately save lives. When local emergency response workers understand how to apply basic Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene (WASH)... Read more
[ Event ] Posted on Thursday, February 7, 2019 - 15:01
INTRODUCTION GIS is a computer system capable of assembling, storing, manipulating and displaying geographically referenced information, i.e. data identified according to their locations. This training will present a practical guide for using a geographic information system (GIS) integrated with Monitoring and Evaluation. The five days training is aimed at helping development partners to... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Thursday, February 7, 2019 - 09:53
As cities look to plan for rapid population expansion, and to make the most out of their infrastructure, one of the first places they might focus on is parking. An increasing number of cities have started to eliminate minimum parking requirements for developers, aiming to increase walkability and decrease car dependency. This trend brings to light the problems with existing infrastructure. The... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Thursday, February 7, 2019 - 09:46
Think of the biggest cities in the world. The megacities. True giants with populations of over 10 million people. Tokyo will, of course, be on your list. So too Delhi, Shanghai, Mexico City, New York, Cairo. Possibly Lagos, Jakarta and Chongqing if you pride yourself on keeping your geography general knowledge up to date. But Chengdu? Hyderabad? Luanda? They are among 10 cities that the UN... Read more

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