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[ News ] Posted on Wednesday, January 18, 2012 - 16:19
The Government of Rwanda and UN-Habitat will start work in coming weeks on a series of pilot projects to tackle growing urbanization confronting the country in recent years. The announcement was made after President Paul Kagame of Rwanda this week received UN-Habitat Executive Director, Dr. Joan Clos, to discuss future collaboration and projects dealing with sustainable urban development policies... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Tuesday, January 17, 2012 - 16:48
Do you look forward to a blue Christmas? Millions of people ask; whom will i get gifts for? What should i buy? I want to move to my own resident by Christmas! Such concerns was what was runing through Mr Femi Onaoye mind ( a new house owner in Omobolanle area of Osogbo in Osun state), as he was putting everything in place, so that year 2011 christmas day will meet him and his family at their own... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Tuesday, January 17, 2012 - 08:56
Since the spring of 2010, the Students Rebuild team has intimately watched how the January 12 earthquake - and the humanitarian responses it triggered - continues to transform Haiti's students and the nation's education system. Unable to tell the story of every young person we've encountered, we focused our camera on one student, Diandine Emile - a high school senior - with the hope of painting a... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Thursday, January 12, 2012 - 10:28
New Dehli: Should Delhi go vertical? Town planners believe it is a wrong question to begin with. The question we should ask is how best we can house our people and manage population densities within the city, says author and urban studies expert Gautam Bhan, who is currently pursuing a PhD in urban planning at University of California, Berkeley. While talk of Delhi going vertical - an idea... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Wednesday, January 11, 2012 - 09:40
A former Panasonic manufacturing site 50 kilometres west of Tokyo is being used to develop Japan's first sustainable town. Nine companies have united to build Fujisawa Sustainable Smart Town – essentially a 1000-home "model town" for energy-conscious families of the future. All going to plan, when the Fujisawa SST is completed some time in 2014, carbon dioxide emissions from its households will... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Tuesday, January 10, 2012 - 13:00
The UK has turned to ICLEI member Bremen (Germany) for advice on car-sharing promotion and implementation. On 1 November 2011, Michael Glotz-Richter, project manager for sustainable mobility in the City of Bremen and coordinator of the European Momo car-sharing project, addressed the House of Commons in Westminster. The 'All-Party Parliamentary Group on Car Clubs and Car-Sharing' had gathered to... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Monday, January 9, 2012 - 11:39
"In the developing world decent, affordable housing and productivity are inextricably linked." Hasan Alemdar of the Equality & Opportunity Foundation visited headquarters last month for an Open Mic outlying this relationship, and how a $500 house can address it. Hasan makes clear that simply designing a housing unit will not solve deeply-rooted economic problems. He looks to the world's... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Friday, January 6, 2012 - 09:54
When visitors arrive in Taiwan, many think the buildings look ugly - some stained by the weather and in need of painting, others run-down high-rises. But in the past few years, the island has begun to cherish its original architectural beauty, especially homes and temples built by early Chinese settlers from the 1600s to 1800s. Large sums of government and private money have been poured into... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Friday, January 6, 2012 - 09:40
Jobs of the future will be located in areas with some of the fastest bandwidth in the world, writes columnist Thomas Friedman. Friedman asserts that the revolution of information technology combined with globalization is leading to greater innovation and creativity across the globe: "The best of these ecosystems will be cities and towns that combine a university, an educated populace, a dynamic... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Tuesday, January 3, 2012 - 12:25
Poor air quality has led to an explosion of a health problems among vulnerable populations, claims the American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA). ASLA has produced a video explaining how urban forests provide tremendous environmental benefits to densely populated cities. "Urban forests reduce energy use by providing shade in the summer and wind breaks in the winter, reduce stormwater runoff... Read more