Urban Themes

[ News ] Posted on Tuesday, April 14, 2020 - 18:49
Housing and basic services and their centrality to health outcomes is no longer viewed as separate areas but part of the broader housing system in the current COVID-19 pandemic. More than ever we have learnt how central our human settlements are and how they need to be supported with integrated and tailored responses. This paper discusses housing issues at the centre of our coronavirus response... Read more
[ Document ] Posted on Tuesday, April 14, 2020 - 16:41
Housing and basic services and their centrality to health outcomes is no longer viewed as separate areas but part of the broader housing system in the current COVID-19 pandemic. More than ever we have learnt how central our human settlements are and how they need to be supported with integrated and tailored responses. This paper discusses housing issues at the centre of our coronavirus response... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Tuesday, April 14, 2020 - 00:00
The COVID-19 pandemic has created a disruptive new normal for everyone through shelter-in-place orders and social distancing guidelines. But for the billions of urban poor, these guidelines aren’t just burdensome; they’re essentially impossible. Social distancing is a critically important response to the pandemic, but it also assumes that residents have adequate space, services and social safety... Read more
[ Opportunities ] Posted on Wednesday, April 1, 2020 - 15:45
This post is to substantatively supporting the Ministry of Housing (Saudi Arabia) in promoting the participation of the non-profit sector, strengthening its current efforts in enhancing the role of non-profit organization, assessing current policies and initiatives and proposing new governance frameworks, including complementary regulations and initiatives. Objectives: 1) Improve MOH... Read more
[ Document ] Posted on Tuesday, March 31, 2020 - 01:53
Urban planning and design quite literally shape the environment around us — and that environment, in turn, shapes how we live, work, play, move, and rest. This handbook aims to illuminate the relationships between gender inequality, the built environment, and urban planning and design; and to lay out a menu of simple, practicable processes and best practices for urban planning and design projects... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Tuesday, March 31, 2020 - 01:42
Pandemics are defined as large-scale outbreaks of an infectious disease that can vastly increase morbidity (occurrence of disease) and mortality over a wide geographic area.  Inevitably, pandemics cause significant economic, social, and political disruption. Most pandemics in history have originated through “zoonosis’, the transmission of pathogens from animals to humans. The bubonic plague of... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Tuesday, March 31, 2020 - 01:34
At the time of writing, Italy’s coronavirus (COVID-19) death toll stood at 8,215, with 80,589 confirmed cases. In the midst of an unprecedented public health crisis, city officials and departments are having to adapt rapidly to new challenges and find innovative ways to keep people safe while running day-to-day business. “In three days we moved 4,000 city staff from their desks to ‘smart working... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Tuesday, March 31, 2020 - 01:32
Large decreases in air pollutant concentrations, namely nitrogen dioxide (NO2), have fallen in European cities due to strict quarantine measures imposed across the continent. The European Environment Agency’s (EEA) data, which is measured hourly on the ground at 3,000 locations, has recorded reductions in some cities of up to 50 percent. “The EEA’s data show an accurate picture of the drop in air... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Tuesday, March 31, 2020 - 00:29
Due to the COVID-19 global pandemic, we are experiencing the largest telecommunity of all time. You might be one of the millions of employees working from home and conducting online meetings with colleagues via Zoom or GoToMeeting. Our elderly parents are FaceTiming their grandkids on iPhones, and our kids are still streaming PBS Kids or Khan Academy (and okay, admit it, TikTok). However, many... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Monday, March 30, 2020 - 23:56
The smart city market is in hyper-growth: $189 billion will be spent worldwide on smart cities initiatives by 2023. Smart cities rely on connections between systems, sensors and devices, but the more things that are connected, the greater the opportunity for cyberattackers to infiltrate. Security by design and governance involving cyber-specialists are crucial to smart city initiatives. The... Read more

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