Urban Themes

[ Document ] Posted on Wednesday, July 25, 2018 - 18:16
The Center for Active Design is thrilled to announce the release of the Assembly: Civic Design Guidelines, a groundbreaking playbook for creating well-designed and well-maintained public spaces as a force for building trust and healing divisions in local communities. The Assembly Guidelines capture the culmination of four years of research and collaboration—with input from 200+ studies, 50+... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Wednesday, July 25, 2018 - 18:13
Urbanists have a new playbook: The Assembly Civic Design Guidelines, a new set of recommendations for the public realm published by the Center for Active Design (CfAD)—a nonprofit that promotes design solutions for improving public health—and the Knight Foundation. The CfAD’s recommendations might seem like old hat: plant trees, improve public transit, build more bike lanes. However, the report... Read more
[ Document ] Posted on Wednesday, July 25, 2018 - 16:51
To address these challenges, the SDG Center for Africa (SDGC/A) and the SDSN are jointly publishing this first annual Africa SDG Index and Dashboards Report that builds on and expands the global one. The report collects and synthesizes the most detailed, recent, available data on the SDGs from official and other verifiable sources to support national and regional discussions on where each country... Read more
[ Document ] Posted on Wednesday, July 25, 2018 - 16:25
The SDSN has prepared this 2018 U.S. Cities SDG Index to inform on the state of sustainable development in U.S. cities and to spur on local level action. The Index covers the 100 most populous city regions (Metropolitan Statistical Areas or MSA) within the U.S., which are home to 66% of the domestic population. It is a composite index comprised of 44 indicators, which cover the broad range of... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Wednesday, July 25, 2018 - 14:58
On Wednesday, New York City became the first city in the world to report to the United Nations on its progress toward the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The move is part of a larger trend of U.S. cities pursuing environmental progress amid inaction from the federal government, and of New York, in particular, taking an ambitious course on climate policy. The city pledged in 2014 to... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Wednesday, July 25, 2018 - 14:50
Delivery bots, maintenance drones and robot carers are all being tested in real world contexts – and that's just the beginning   Ready or not, autonomous robots are leaving laboratories to be tested in real-world contexts. With more and more people living in cities, these technologies offer ways to cope with ageing populations and poorly maintained infrastructures, while promoting safer transport... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Wednesday, July 25, 2018 - 14:36
With citizen-generated maps and diagrams based on real-life conditions and structured around a holistic framework, the patterns that emerge allow for both residents and planners to ask questions that can lead to both local and regional ecological improvements. Like the human body, cities are living, ever-evolving organisms. Just as diet, exercise, sleep, or laughter can be seen as indicators of... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Wednesday, July 25, 2018 - 11:44
A survey of 155 European cities¹ revealed human capacity constrained innovative responses to local challenges more than finances. Considering a future with more and bigger cities, investing in skills to better manage urban regions is increasingly relevant. Peter Griffiths interviews LSE's Philipp Rode and Savvas Verdis on how new forms of research and executive education are central to plugging... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Tuesday, July 24, 2018 - 11:04
I have had the opportunity to speak at several mobility conferences around the world in recent months including the TravelTech conference in San Francisco, the Future of Transportation Technology World Conference in Cologne and just last week at the Fab City event in Paris and Toulouse. One of the common and pervasive themes in all these conferences is the growing interest and technological... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Tuesday, July 24, 2018 - 10:45
The international community needs to focus on assisting the development of well-planned, stable cities, for both strategic and humanitarian reasons.   The city is the most powerful tool humanity has for social and economic development. High rates of urbanization are associatedwith many positive outcomes including higher income and lower infant mortality. This positive linkage is being threatened... Read more