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Posted on Tuesday, September 22, 2015 - 11:38
Atlases educate, illustrate and illuminate our dynamic world In our inaugural Transforming World Atlas we have produced a series of maps to highlight BofA Merrill Lynch’s favorite cyclical and secular investment themes based on our Transforming World framework: Themes 1. People – the allocation of scarce human resources 2. Earth – the allocation of scarce natural resources 3. Innovation – the... Read more
Posted on Tuesday, September 22, 2015 - 11:08
Last week the #UrbanAge10 #tbt campaign, which has focused on the city scale for several weeks, zoomed down to the neighbourhood level to look at spatial DNA. Today's post goes as far as possible in theopposite direction to understand urbanisation on a global scale. The Urban Age Programme was established in 2005, several years before the urban population overtook the rural one for the first time... Read more
Posted on Wednesday, September 16, 2015 - 10:19
Slums are a curse and blessing in fast urbanising Africa. They have challenged Africa's progress towards better living and working spaces but they also provide shelter for the swelling populations seeking a life in cities. Rural Africans are pouring into towns and cities in search of jobs and other opportunities, but African cities - 25 of which are among the 100 fastest growing cities in the... Read more
Posted on Tuesday, September 15, 2015 - 09:45
Ethiopian and Bauhaus students collaborate on experimental urban housing prototypes to accommodate the massive growth of Africa's urban population. Students from the Institute of Experimental Architecture at Bauhaus University in Weimar and Ethiopian Institute of Architecture Building Construction and City Development (EiABC) have collaborated to build three residential prototypes to address... Read more
Posted on Monday, September 14, 2015 - 09:58
Three significant factors are inhibiting the sustainability of Mauritius: the historical legacies of colonialism, the present neoliberal approach to the economy and urbanisation, and a highly centralised governance system. One of the consequences is a lack of adequate housing for marginalised groups. This study considers how this housing need is, and can be, addressed through the provision of low... Read more
Posted on Monday, September 14, 2015 - 09:41
Kibera has long been the African poster child of slums, a household name that conjures images of overcrowded shacks, poor sanitation, and grinding poverty. Municipal officials here in Kenya’s capital traditionally have ignored the community even though its roughly 800,000 residents account for about one-fifth of Nairobi’s population. Visitors today might be surprised by some of what they... Read more
Posted on Tuesday, September 8, 2015 - 10:03
Massive youth unemployment of 60% in Ghana is defined as among those aged 15 to 25 years of age. The rate is even higher among females. Last year, about 430,000 students sat the BECE exams and about half passed to progress to senior high school. The WASSCE results came out recently and about a quarter of the nearly 200,000 candidates made it to tertiary institutions. So every year, approximately... Read more
Posted on Tuesday, September 8, 2015 - 09:15
Although history is not usually taught this way, one could argue that cities have played a more important role in shaping the world than empires. From Athens and Rome to Paris and Venice to Baghdad and Beijing, urban ideas and innovators have left indelible marks on human life. By concentrating the brainpower of humanity in relatively small geographic areas, cities have promoted the kinds of... Read more
Posted on Thursday, September 3, 2015 - 10:13
As more people live in cities, researchers find denser settlements with more green spaces are best for wellbeing For the first time in human history, more than half the world now lives in cities. Later this century, the proportion could rise to two-thirds. Even without global warming because of a build-up of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere, itself the consequence of fossil fuel combustion, the... Read more
Posted on Thursday, September 3, 2015 - 09:14
A ground-breaking air quality measuring device expected to cost up to 100 times less than existing solutions has the potential to “revolutionize” air quality measurement in developing countries and help prevent deaths from air pollution that claim 7 million lives each year, according to the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP). “We know from the World Health Organization (WHO) that 88 per... Read more