Urban Themes

[ News ] Posted on Monday, February 4, 2019 - 15:21
An invisible force - design - shapes the answers to fundamental questions about society, debated every day: Who gets to benefit from economic growth? Who gets to participate in society? Who gets to feel welcome, and where? Through formal and informal design processes, dozens of choices are being made that ultimately lead to the way places, objects, services, and systems work. Whether we realize... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Monday, February 4, 2019 - 15:17
Poor land records, rampant speculation and weak or corrupt implementation of regulations means that cities are using land inefficiently Urban areas are expected to grow by 80 percent by the end of the next decade, and unless they grow up rather than out, they could be in trouble, according to a new report from the World Resources Institute and Yale University. But poor land records, rampant... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Monday, February 4, 2019 - 15:03
“Cities were once the most helpless and devastated victims of disease, but they became great disease conquerors.” —Jane Jacobs, The Death and Life of Great American Cities Urban history passed a landmark in 2017. For the first time, more than half the people in low- and middle-income countries live in cities. But as urbanization continues to accelerate, particularly in poorer nations, the world... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Friday, February 1, 2019 - 15:54
Imagine Lagos, Nigeria, a city of 22 million. What was once a small coastal town just a few decades ago has exploded into a sprawling megacity spanning 452 square miles. Its rapid growth has stretched the city’s services impossibly thin: Less than 10 percent of people live in homes with sewer connections; less than 20 percent have access to tap water. Many houses are in slums and informal... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Friday, February 1, 2019 - 15:44
2018 was an eventful year with discussions, policy actions and urban investments impacting critical themes in city development, urban planning, and sustainable urbanization. While some topics and trends, such as the scurry by cities for Amazon HQ2 will remain as the most memorable events of the year, other budding innovations in city functioning, investment and management have set the stage for... Read more
[ Document ] Posted on Friday, February 1, 2019 - 15:41
Urban areas are expected to triple in size between 2000 and 2030. Unmanaged urban expansion increases the costs of service provision, deepens spatial inequities, and imposes heavy economic and environmental burdens. New analysis on 499 cities’ urban expansion confirm the challenge of rapid outward expansion are greatest in lower-income cities. Cities with rapid outward expansion are often... Read more
[ Event ] Posted on Friday, February 1, 2019 - 14:29
Dublin City Council will host the Velo-City 2019 international cycling conference in Dublin, Ireland from the 25th to the 28th June 2019. The Velo-City conference is the European Cyclists’ Federation (ECF) annual global cycling summit organised by the ECF and selected host cities. The Velo-City conference is the world’s largest conference in the area of cycling, cycling infrastructure, bicycle... Read more
[ Opportunities ] Posted on Friday, February 1, 2019 - 12:35
Three years into the implementation of the 2030 Agenda and the sustainable development goals (SDGs), many Governments, UN entities, international and regional organizations, Major Groups and other Stakeholders, are planning or have initiated evidence-based stock-taking of progress. Where do we stand? Are we on track? What are the inspiring breakthroughs and success stories that are showing... Read more
[ Document ] Posted on Thursday, January 31, 2019 - 13:34
Jordan’s existence is threatened unless we can can find a new sustainable source of fresh water…Dead Sea-Red Sea is the solution. The project is the necessary tool to trigger Jordan's comprehensive revival.
[ News ] Posted on Thursday, January 31, 2019 - 10:26
Too often, those entrusted with the design and execution of urban public policy in areas such as transportation conceive it as an engineering problem with one ideal solution. The recent study completed by Lubna Anantakarishnan and Antonia-Sophie Gramsamer, graduate students at Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS), brings issues of social equity to the table, amplifying... Read more