Urban Themes

[ Opportunities ] Posted on Monday, June 22, 2020 - 11:40
Africa Institute for Project Management Studies (AIPMS) is pleased to announce a Diploma in Monitoring and Evaluation. The course is offered through Distance learning for six months. The course starts at the beginning of every month.
[ Partner ] Posted on Monday, June 22, 2020 - 11:29
[ News ] Posted on Friday, June 12, 2020 - 00:00
Architects are proposing ways to incorporate social distancing into urban planning. Strengthening local services to cut back on travel would reduce the spread of infectious disease, such as COVID-19. In their plans, cities are also aiming to become cleaner, greener and healthier. In the once-bustling Eixample district, birdsong and the occasional whir of a food delivery cyclist have replaced... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Thursday, June 11, 2020 - 00:00
For professional optimists like me in the business of advancing an alternative, more wholesome economic model, the temptation can be strong to project our dreams of a better world onto the COVID-19 screens where different futures are playing out. These “screens” of course are no blank canvases: rather, stages upon which diverse actors, old and new, motivated by their own designs and pandemic-... Read more
[ Opportunities ] Posted on Wednesday, June 3, 2020 - 20:09
Research Innovation Fund Background The Arab region is undergoing a decade of profound change and challenges. Noticeable progress in some countries and some sectors is clouded by the spiraling into social unrest, economic instability and violent conflict in others.  With a growing frequency, yet unmet expectations of governance outputs across all sectors, results destabilization. Increasing... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Wednesday, May 27, 2020 - 00:00
Officials are harnessing networks and tools devised for responding to better-known risks like climate change to tackle the COVID-19 crisis. The crisis is paving the way for more futuristic cities, resilient to future pandemics. Green travel solutions have also been at the heart of many cities' plans to rebuild. In early 2018, parched by a severe drought, Cape Town rallied its residents and... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Monday, May 18, 2020 - 00:00
With city dwellers forced to stay home during lockdowns, some architects are rethinking urban infrastructure to promote a more local lifestyle and help people adapt to a post-pandemic world. "The benefits of a well-planned compact city include shorter commute times, cleaner air, and reduced noise and the consumption of fossil fuels and energy." From making city cycling safer to promoting social... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Thursday, May 7, 2020 - 21:30
Ghost-like cities with deserted metro cars and empty buses have been a vivid manifestation of how COVID-19 has affected society worldwide. As elsewhere, public transport ridership in Chinese cities dipped precipitously during the early days of the pandemic. But as the outbreak in China has been gradually contained and people begin to return to work, China’s cities are re-opening transport systems... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Tuesday, May 5, 2020 - 00:00
As the world reels from the COVID-19 pandemic, investment packages are taking shape to provide relief and recovery. Cities from New York to Nairobi are not only on the frontlines of the health and economic impacts, but they provide immense opportunities for smart reinvestments that can kick-start economies and help shape societies to be more resilient and equitable. The United States alone has... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Wednesday, April 29, 2020 - 00:00
Across the world, from Wuhan to New York City, cities are on the frontline of the unfolding COVID-19 crisis. Starting with overwhelmed heath care systems, cities are experiencing unprecedented strain across social, economic and environmental systems as economies grind to a standstill. Public transit systems are in a financial tailspin. Already a challenge at the best of times, the struggle to... Read more