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Posted on Tuesday, March 11, 2014 - 10:59
For many people around the world this year, the weather has become anything but a topic for small talk. Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines, America’s record-breaking freeze, California’s year-long drought, and flooding in Europe have put the long-term dangers of climate change back on the political agenda. In response, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has sent an urgent letter to... Read more
Posted on Monday, March 10, 2014 - 10:24
he Human Settlement Programme (UN-Habitat) of the United Nations recently charged Nigerians on the need for comprehensive city development and climate action plans to minimise the number of people who live in slums. The Deputy Executive Director and Assistant Secretary-General of the agency, Dr. Kirabo Kacyiri, at the recent inauguration of the National Habitat Committee in Abuja, advocated city... Read more
Posted on Monday, March 10, 2014 - 09:15
Much has been said about the impact of rapid urbanization, particularly in Asia, where urban growth has exploded in recent years. The United Nations (UN), in fact, estimates that Asia’s urban population will reach more than 2 billion by 2020. The population increase and growing dynamism have largely been beneficial, as Asian cities became the main drivers of economic growth, and contributed to... Read more
Posted on Monday, March 3, 2014 - 10:46
Due to increased access to connectivity and the associated predicted urbanisation, African cities wishing to uplift their populations into the 21st century are going to have to start focusing today on what the city of tomorrow will look like, according to professional services firm Deloitte. In her paper,'Africa is ready to leapfrog the competition through smart cities technology', associate... Read more
Posted on Tuesday, February 25, 2014 - 10:50
Plans to reshape and modernise African cities, in part driven by investment, architecture and construction companies seeking new markets, could deepen existing social inequalities, according to recent research. But these development plans could also benefit the poor if governments are responsive to the needs of their citizens, argue analysts. The implementation of these development plans within... Read more
Posted on Friday, February 21, 2014 - 12:44
By the end of this century, 10 billion people will inhabit our planet, with 8.5 billion living in cities. This could be the stuff of nightmares. But, with sufficient political will, vision and creativity – along with some simple, practical policy changes – we may be able to create cities of dreams.Cities are hubs of economic and social power. They drive national and global development by... Read more
Posted on Tuesday, February 18, 2014 - 10:30
Are you comfortable walking in your city? After parking your car or getting off a bus, do you agonize at the fact that you must take a walk through crowded streets to your destination? ‘Walkability’ is not discussed frequently in African cities. However, the ever rising urban population and increased human traffic is raising questions amongst urban planners. In the City of Nairobi, the existing... Read more
Posted on Monday, February 17, 2014 - 11:12
Warren (2003) defined urbanization as the movement of people from communities concerned chiefly or solely with agriculture to other communities generally larger whose activities are primarily centered in government, trade, manufacture or allied interest. It is also seen as the movement of population from rural to urban areas and the resulting increasing proportion of a population that resides in... Read more