Collaborate Groups, projects & programmes, discussions, Q&A

Posted on Monday, January 16, 2017 - 11:32
Shorter is better, analysts say, but if they’re too narrow, people spend too much time crossing streets Conventional wisdom says that smaller city blocks are better for pedestrians. Research on urban form has traditionally suggested that smaller city blocks are better for foot traffic, and prominent urbanists have advocated them as key promoters of pedestrian access.   Urban planner Leon Krier pointed to the enhanced diversity and complexity of activity generated by smaller city blocks, while the late activist Jane Jacobs noted increased interactions and encounters among pedestrians on... Read more
Posted on Wednesday, January 11, 2017 - 08:56
Nick Michell spoke with Burkhard Horn, Head of the Transport, Department for Urban Development and the Environment, Berlin, about the need for cities to collect fresh data on mobility How important is the collection and analysis of fresh data on urban mobility to measuring development and evaluating progress? Concerning the enormous challenges urban mobility and transport policies are facing, fresh and valid data of different kinds are extremely important for measuring the success of the policies and strategies and for eventually realigning these. In order to do so, cities need comprehensive... Read more
Posted on Thursday, January 5, 2017 - 16:02
Dunia Ludlow considers that its approval is a great achievement that will avoid the exaggerated expulsion of families of the city, will be counted on an Advisory and advisory council. After the demonstration of the people 's voice to sign a petition statement requesting remove Article 21, Section C, Section 7, which went against the capital gain property in the draft  Constitution of the City of Mexico, to the own Miguel Angel Mancera, Head of government called to arrest the controversial article arguing that it was "misunderstood". To differentiate the issues between this controversial... Read more
Posted on Thursday, January 5, 2017 - 11:17
University of Strathclyde’s Robert Rogerson talks about the relevance of this field, career opportunities, and more Over half of the world’s population is now living in cities, generating 80 per cent of the global carbon emissions. To achieve a sustainable future for cities, professionals are required who have the holistic perspective to see beyond one single aspect of city life, and the ability to develop and deliver viable strategies that address various problems. The University of Strathclyde, Glasgow, offers an MSc Global Sustainable Cities programme that aims at producing city leaders,... Read more
Posted on Wednesday, January 4, 2017 - 10:10
There’s a lot of talk in cities today about building “resilience” against disasters, social strife and economic shocks. But the flip side of that quest is to understand what makes cities fragile in the first place. That’s the idea behind the Fragile Cities Data Visualization, a project launched recently by the Igarapé Institute, United Nations University, World Economic Forum and 100 Resilient Cities initiative. The tool generates a fragility “score” for 2,100 cities around the globe, based on data on population growth, air pollution, terrorist killings and other metrics. Those scores, along... Read more
Posted on Friday, December 30, 2016 - 09:57
The Tokyo-based psychiatrist Layla McCay founded the Center for Urban Design and Mental Health over a year ago, and it’s grown at a more rapid pace than she expected. “Be careful of finding an unmet need,” she jokes, noting that much of her time is now spent running the center. The organization aims to harness knowledge about urban design and mental health that is already out there, but isn’t being shared as much as it could, particularly with policymakers who can implement it. The center also works to foster more research. “For instance,” McCay says, “we know that green space is good for... Read more
Posted on Thursday, December 15, 2016 - 11:35
Last week in Paris, French President Francois Hollande and Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo welcomed government and civil-society leaders from around the world to discuss ways of bringing transparency to government decision making. This summit of the Open Government Partnership was mostly focused on what national governments can change. The five-year old partnership has more than 70 countries participating in joint efforts with civil society to implement commitments toward fighting corruption, engaging citizens and making public data more open. This year, cities and other subnational governments were... Read more
Posted on Tuesday, November 29, 2016 - 08:25
National governments, local authorities, big business and others came together this month for the first time to start plotting out how exactly they will implement the major climate accord struck last year at cliff-hanger negotiations in Paris. By happenstance, their timing was both good and bad. The Paris Agreement came into surprise effect at the beginning of November, after enough governments took unprecedentedly quick action to ratify their pieces of the accord. Around that same time, the U. S. government sprang another surprise with global implications: the election of Donald Trump, a... Read more
Posted on Friday, November 18, 2016 - 10:01
As the Centre embarks on a massive drive to skill 20 crore people by 2022, one big challenge ahead is to ensure the financial survival of skilled rural youth engaged in jobs in urban areas, as wages and infrastructure are inadequate, says Ajay Chhangani, co-founder and CEO of Rise India, an education and skill development group, which is aiming at a turnover of ₹100 crore in three years via organic and inorganic growth. Edited excerpts from an interaction: Rise India began operations with education. When did you get into training drivers? We started training drivers with a partner, Shriram... Read more
Posted on Wednesday, November 16, 2016 - 14:45
Almost half of the world’s total population – around 3.5 billion people – are affected by malnutrition, be it undernutrition where they are not getting enough to eat, or micronutrient deficiency where they are not getting essential vitamins and minerals through their diet, or over-nutrition where they suffer from obesity, being overweight and other complications. The international community has acknowledged the importance of addressing these health concerns through Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 2, which aims to end hunger, achieve food security and improved nutrition, and promote... Read more