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Posted on Tuesday, April 8, 2014 - 10:07
  Calling on the international community to “get cities right” so the impacts of rapid urbanization can be better managed and sustainable development for all can be achieved, the United Nations (UN) and civil society experts said that it is how countries plan, build, and manage their cities today that will determine the outcome of global efforts to achieve a sustainable future. The UN Human... Read more
Posted on Tuesday, April 8, 2014 - 09:13
As cities in the developing world continue to grow, so do their traffic safety concerns. Latin America, for instance, now sees three times as many deaths from traffic crashes as Europe, the vast majority of which occur in cities. Vulnerable road users are particularly at risk: older pedestrians and cyclists can account for up to 45% of pedestrian fatalities and up to 70% of cyclist fatalities... Read more
Posted on Monday, April 7, 2014 - 10:18
As cities grow, the effect of urban sprawl on pollution, poverty, and shared prosperity is an increasing concern, underscoring the need for long-term planning to ensure urban areas are low-carbon and livable, inclusive, competitive, and resilient in the face of climate change, disasters, and other shocks. How to finance these vast needs in a rapidly urbanizing world will be discussed this week at... Read more
Posted on Thursday, April 3, 2014 - 11:13
The 12 rules of sustainable urbanism are enshrined in the Freiburg Charter, a document produced by what is possibly the world's most sustainable city; the city which won the World Habitat Award in 2013. Situated in southern Germany it has long been a beacon of sustainable urban development and has already received many awards over the last 30 years, including the European City of the Year 2010 (... Read more
Posted on Thursday, April 3, 2014 - 08:45
With rapid urbanisation, sustainable mobility patterns demand rational connection between transportation and land use planning The United Nations Centre for Human Settlements (UN HABITAT), with its headquarters in Nairobi, recently released its publication titled Planning and Design for Sustainable Human Mobility. This publication was produced as a Global Report on Human Settlements 2013. The... Read more
Posted on Tuesday, April 1, 2014 - 10:45
About half the world's population now lives in cities, and it's estimated that by the middle of this century, 70 percent of the world will be urbanized. According to a recently released report, the National New Urbanization Plan in China (2014-2020), 60 percent of China's population will live in cities within six years, that is about a 6 percent increase on the present numbers. The city of... Read more
Posted on Tuesday, April 1, 2014 - 09:48
How Gritty, Crime-Ridden Medellín Became a Model for 21st-Century Urbanism The Medellín Cartel, headed by Pablo Escobar, perhaps the only drug lord to become a worldwide household name, transported billions of dollars worth of cocaine, which had surpassed coffee as Colombia’s leading export by 1982. Arriving on U.S. shores, the exploits of cocaine cowboys made Miami the murder capital of the... Read more
Posted on Monday, March 31, 2014 - 10:33
If your daily commute involves battling peak-hour traffic or scouring inner-city streets for a car park, the thought of cycling may have crossed your mind.Like many people though, you may have been deterred from getting ‘‘on your bike’’ for several reasons, such as fear of riding on busy roads, not being able to take off quickly enough at intersections, or the thought of arriving at work sweaty... Read more
Posted on Thursday, March 27, 2014 - 09:19
More than half of the world’s population lives in cities and this proportion is increasing day by day. As urban environments are becoming more densely populated and more complex, cities face challenges in a number of different areas: congested transport infrastructure, air quality and pollution, energy efficiency and climate change. Governments around the world are now racing to transform their... Read more
Posted on Tuesday, March 25, 2014 - 09:31
A new report recommends that China curb rapid urban sprawl by reforming land requisition, give migrants urban residency and equal access to basic public services, and reform local financesby finding stable revenues and by allowing local governments to borrow directly within strict central rules. As China's people are increasingly concentrated in cities, with 200 million more urban dwellers than a... Read more