Urban Themes

[ News ] Posted on Tuesday, August 7, 2018 - 12:12
As world population continues to grow, an increasing number of people are moving to cities in hope of securing better living conditions, higher quality educations and greater economic opportunities. For the first time in human history, half of the world’s population lived in towns and cities in 2008. Africa, a continent exceptionally rich in biodiversity, is rapidly urbanising. Africa’s... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Tuesday, August 7, 2018 - 12:02
Urban trail efforts are increasingly focusing on providing equitable access to trails. Trails and parks can create substantial benefits for public health, property values, and quality of life. Unfortunately, in many communities these resources are inequitably distributed. They can be less abundant in poorer neighborhoods with a larger share of minority residents, which can be exasperated by a... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Tuesday, August 7, 2018 - 11:53
Do you view the new GDPR rules as a positive for cities? Jamie Cudden, Smart City Program Manager, Dublin City Council Yes, overall GDPR rules are a positive development for cities and citizens. They provide much-needed clarity around the purpose of personal data collection, how the data is used and how long the data will be retained for. It gives citizens more control over their personal data... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Tuesday, August 7, 2018 - 11:46
The Asia-Pacific region is urbanizing at unprecedented speed, leading to changing consumption and mobility patterns. Asia-Pacific already has more than 2.1 billion urban residents—that is, 60 percent of the world’s urban population. With one billion more people expected to migrate to cities from now till 2040, about two-thirds of Asia-Pacific’s population will be urban residents by 2050. With... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Tuesday, August 7, 2018 - 11:40
Our cities are major drivers of growth and innovation. According to the World Bank study, 70% of the world’s cities outstrip their national gross domestic product. As we look ahead to the future, it’s expected that by 2050, 600 cities will account for 60% of global domestic product with all cities housing 70% of a projected global population of 10 billion. However, with this concentration of... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Thursday, August 2, 2018 - 10:38
Biodiversity transformation: Preserving quality of life and urban spaces, Singapore style  You wouldn’t know it today, but in 1965 Singapore was a polluter’s paradise: mucky rivers, polluted canals and raw sewage running rampant. It was a developing country, newly split from neighbouring Malaysia, an island surrounded by waters that now they had to govern on their own. The incredible journey of... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Thursday, August 2, 2018 - 10:30
Is contemporary architecture and urban design failing to incorporate African and Afro-descended aesthetics? SEATTLE - On a visit to Abuja, Nigeria's master planned capital, Nmadili Okwumabua walked away disappointed by the architecture. "We could have been anywhere but Africa," she said of the city, whose layout and buildings were mostly the handiwork of a consortium of U.S. planning and design... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Thursday, August 2, 2018 - 10:22
The movement to declare London a national park city in 2019 is gaining momentum. Mayor Sadiq Khan recently launched National Park City Week, along with a series of outdoor activities to kick off the school holidays. Citizen groups and local authorities are signing up to a charter, with the aim of creating a city rich in wildlife, with clean air and affordable green homes – a London where everyone... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Thursday, August 2, 2018 - 10:02
Megacities around the world are experimenting with multimodal transportation, shared space and smart infrastructure to handle the urbanization boom. It’s really more of a concept than a word: megacity. That’s what experts call an urban ag-glomeration of ten million people or more. A region that teems with human beings, traffic, commerce, ideas. And a logistical challenge par excellence that... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Thursday, August 2, 2018 - 09:56
Two recent studies provide more confirmation that growing consumer demand for walkable, authentic and transit-oriented neighborhoods, particularly among Millennials, fueled urbanization in the years following the Great Recession. In its latest Ambitious Thinking research on Smart Cities, JLL studied the settlement of college graduates aged 25 and older in the largest 25 U.S. metropolitan... Read more

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