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Posted on Friday, March 21, 2014 - 11:26
What the Colombian city can teach us about urban renewal; Medellin’s metamorphosis from a violent dystopia plagued by a ruthless drug cartel into a hotbed of striking modern architecture, clever urban planning and new creative industry is proof of the power of design On my first morning in Medellin, I left my hotel and jogged past a small park with a soccer field and free weights for anyone to... Read more
Posted on Thursday, March 20, 2014 - 16:24
Urbanization is the degree of or increase in urban character or nature. It may refer to a geographical area combining urban and rural parts, or to the transformation of an individual locality from less to more urban. The term can describe a condition at a specific time, namely the proportion of total population or area in urban localities or areas ( cities and towns), or the increase of this... Read more
Posted on Thursday, March 13, 2014 - 11:13
“If there was a perfect slum, Kibera would be it.” The notoriously overcrowded and underserved settlement in the Kenyan capital of Nairobi captivates the public imagination, engendering visions of urban violence, poverty, and hopelessness, said Caroline Wanjiku Kihato of the University of the Witwatersrand at the Wilson Center on February 18. The area was ravaged by ethnic violence that erupted... Read more
Posted on Wednesday, March 12, 2014 - 08:56
The newly published third report on The State of African Cities  shows how informal development is a key force in the continent’s urbanisation, yet also poses major dilemmas. The report’s sub-title “Re-imagining sustainable urban transitions” suggests both the need to come up with new answers, but also the elusiveness of solutions. Anybody interested in Africa, sustainable development or planning... 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, February 24, 2014 - 09:05
New maps give matutu bus drivers new knowledge that will allow them to better harness the transport market in the city of Nairobi, Kenya. On the heels of Google recently releasing its new version of Google Maps – complete with contextual information based on past Google searches, different transport options with real-time traffic notifications, and panoramic photo tours – it’s hard to remember... 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