Urban Themes

[ News ] Posted on Wednesday, May 2, 2018 - 11:06
"We're seeing an incredible momentum for action in cities" BONN, Germany - Cities, which produce about 70 percent of carbon emissions, are driving green reforms and will be key to tackling climate change, the United Nations' climate chief said on Thursday. Their contribution to global warming could rise as two-thirds of the world will live in cities by 2050, up from about half now, the United... Read more
[ Opportunities ] Posted on Sunday, April 29, 2018 - 10:33
In collaboration with the journals Frontiers in Sociology & Frontiers in Public Health (www.frontiersin.org) we are bringing together a selected group of international experts to contribute to an open-access article collection on: "Perspectives and Theories of Social Innovation for Ageing Population"   Guest Editors: Andrzej Klimczuk, Warsaw School of Economics, Warsaw, Poland Łukaz Tomczyk,... Read more
[ Opportunities ] Posted on Thursday, April 26, 2018 - 16:07
ORGANIZATIONAL LOCATION: UN-HABITAT DUTY STATION: New Delhi, India FUNCTIONAL TITLE: Consultant DURATION: 01 June 2018 – 30 October 2018 (5 months)   BACKGROUND The Global Network for Sustainable Housing (GNSH)  The GNSH is an international partnership linking practitioners, academics and organizations that are leading the policy development, research and design for... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Thursday, April 26, 2018 - 15:35
The Cold War gave birth to the national highway system and the internet and, in earlier times, economic competitiveness motivated the building of the US system of canals and the laying of the nation’s rail lines. All were products of government forethought and action. Even though a massive upfront investment in treasure made these projects possible, the government expected and even encouraged... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Thursday, April 26, 2018 - 15:28
Good things happen when conversations about shaping a city’s economy are more representative of those who live in cities, according to a new study from the Urban Institute, released today. The Columbus Partnership launched in 2002, bringing together over 60 CEOs in the Ohio capital to engage with projects and organizations from the city that typically struggle with capacity and funding. Together... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Thursday, April 26, 2018 - 15:23
Going green is a cornerstone of contemporary urban policy planning — and cultivating a green identity has become vital in boosting a city’s economic profile. But in the race to develop these initiatives, some cities are proving better at the branding than in actually creating affordable, equitable green spaces for all citizens, according to a new policy book examining urban greening and social... Read more
[ Opportunities ] Posted on Thursday, April 26, 2018 - 15:13
Closing date: Wednesday, 2 May 2018 Education & Work Experience: I-Master's Level Degree - 4 year(s) experience SB4 Vacancy Type Service Contract (SC) Posting Type External Bureau: Africa Contract Duration: One year Background UN-Habitat is the United Nations programme working towards a better urban future with a mission of promoting socially and environmentally sustainable human settlements... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Wednesday, April 25, 2018 - 16:30
“Let me add to the complexity of the situation we find ourselves in: At the same time we’re solving for climate change, we’re going to be building cities for 3 billion people,” said the urban designer Peter Calthorpe at the beginning of his talk at TED 2017. By 2050, he said, we will see the urban population double, and if we don’t manage to sustainably and practically build to accommodate that... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Tuesday, April 24, 2018 - 16:01
Smart cities, digital cities, virtual cities, connected cities. Are these just trendy buzzwords? Perhaps. But these types of cities are supported by the infrastructure that is more than bricks and mortar. These cities are smart (thoughtful, people-centric), digital (driven by data acquisition, measured, analyzed and sometimes exchanged) and virtual (experiential). And, as a result, they are... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Tuesday, April 24, 2018 - 15:49
Whether or not diversity is a good thing is still a topic of much debate. Though many businesses tout the benefits of diversity, American political scientist Robert Putnam holds that diversity causes people to hunker down, creating mistrust in communities. Empirical investigations into how diversity affects communities are too few and far between to provide any definitive answer to the... Read more