Urban Themes

[ News ] Posted on Tuesday, July 7, 2020 - 00:06
We’re all struggling to stay oriented given the dizzying, dramatic changes that Covid-19 has injected into every facet of our daily life. For many cities and counties, stay-at-home orders have created an alarming shortfall in one of their key revenue sources: sales tax. But there are other incremental revenue opportunities that cities can explore, and now may be the time to do so. One possibility... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Monday, July 6, 2020 - 23:56
Whether you live in a city that is still in the thick of lockdown procedures, or one that is beginning the cautious transition back to some semblance of “normalcy,” now is the time to think about what the reopening process will look like for your community. Be it from a top-down or bottom-up perspective, community engagement and insight-gathering can, and should, play an essential role in the... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Monday, July 6, 2020 - 23:51
“I could be anywhere” is a thought that’s struck me several times during this lockdown period, and I know I’m not alone. For those of us lucky enough to have one, the pandemic has largely confined us to our homes, where we work, study, socialize (see: the meteoric rise of the Zoom happy hour), and even have goods delivered, all from the comfort of the couch. Meanwhile, our ability to engage in... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Monday, July 6, 2020 - 23:24
Cities around the globe are allowing restaurants and cafes to expand into public spaces to enable safe dining after COVID-19 lockdown. It could usher in a new era of socializing outdoors. Streets are also being widened and given over to cyclists, which could also mean greener, cleaner city centres. The Lithuanian capital of Vilnius has become the poster child for how cities can embrace outdoor... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Monday, July 6, 2020 - 22:25
Innovation in cities has alleviated poverty, reduced wasteful resource consumption and achieved incredible economic outcomes. It’s part of the secret sauce that has led to the primacy of cities in today’s world, with urban areas accounting for 67% of global GDP growth, housing a majority of the world’s population and increasingly driving international politics. But while we are good at... Read more
[ Document ] Posted on Monday, July 6, 2020 - 22:11
Placemaking is all about turning ‘public’ spaces into ‘living’ places that support the wellbeing of local communities and that can be managed and maintained by that community. In the context of Palestinian communities in the Israeli controlled Area C, placemaking is best realized as a DIY–Do It Yourself Urbanism approach to the planning, design, and management of public spaces to ensure they... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Monday, June 29, 2020 - 00:00
The coronavirus pandemic is taking a heavy toll on communities of color. One recent study found that Black Americans are dying of Covid-19 at three and a half times the rate of Whites.  A CDC report suggests that this disproportionate burden could be linked to existing health differences, which are often present in communities with challenging economic and social conditions. Within these... Read more
[ Event ] Posted on Monday, June 22, 2020 - 13:22
The conference is focused on highlighting Africa’s investment opportunities while creating an opportunity for entrepreneurs, government delegations and business leaders to meet with investors
[ Partner ] Posted on Monday, June 22, 2020 - 13:20