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[ News ] Posted on Tuesday, March 27, 2018 - 11:33
In Cities of Tomorrow, a textbook commonly used to teach the history of urban planning, Peter Hall espoused the contributions of Ebenezer Howard, Le Corbusier, and other heroic male figures of urbanism. As for women, he told the reader: “There were, alas, almost no founding mothers.” It would be more accurate to say that women are and always have been part of urbanism, but their contributions... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Tuesday, March 27, 2018 - 08:12
In the Philippines, New Clark City seeks to shake up urban planning by uniting government, business and the public - and proving resilience can be cost-effective   CLARK, Philippines, March 26 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - He may never set foot in New Clark City, but taxi driver Edgard Labitag hopes the Philippines' first green, disaster-resilient, high-tech metropolis will ease the pressure on... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Tuesday, March 27, 2018 - 08:08
For a long time, cities have been likened to bodies. Circulation, metabolism, organs, digestion, all have neat parallels. But can a city think?  Cognitive functions follow a sequence; raw perception, filtering information, identifying threats and desires, imagining alternate actions, speculating on potential outcomes and mobilizing for action. In the age of big data and cloud computing, the city... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Tuesday, March 27, 2018 - 08:03
In an increasingly globalised world, cities have to stand out from the competition to be investable and attract investment. A city must differentiate itself by playing to its strengths, and celebrate its differences, in an authentic way. For it is not just the tangible, economic assets of a city that count. The unique qualities of a place that distinguish it from other cities domestically and... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Tuesday, March 27, 2018 - 07:54
Monaco is the most densely populated country in the world, according to the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs Population Division. The principality, located on France's Mediterranean coast, measures just 2.02 square kilometres. But despite its tiny size, around 26,000 people are squeezed in per square kilometre. This figure is predicted to rise to more than 27,000 by... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Tuesday, March 27, 2018 - 07:50
Austria’s capital Vienna once again defended its position as the city offering the best quality of life in the world, while Iraq’s capital Baghdad remains the worst in an annual survey from consulting firm Mercer. Mercer’s survey of 231 cities helps companies and organizations determine compensation and hardship allowances for international staff. Its criteria include political stability,... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Tuesday, March 27, 2018 - 07:45
Some eco-minded groups that traditionally focus on rural conservation are turning their attention to urban areas, in an effort to combat inequality and sprawl. The cranes are on the march in Tukwila, Washington, a Seattle suburb of 20,000 people not far from Seattle-Tacoma International Airport. You can see the telltale signs of the metro region’s construction boomalong International Boulevard,... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Tuesday, March 27, 2018 - 07:42
Nairobi, 21 March 2018 – In a joint statement, partners working on cities and climate change have laid down the foundations for better-informed city climate action and decision-making, as a result of greater engagement between the policy, practice, and scientific communities working in urban areas. The document, titled: The Science We Need for the Cities We Want, was signed at the recent ... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Monday, March 26, 2018 - 16:59
The New Urban Agenda sets ambitious sustainability objectives for cities of all sizes. At the 9th World Urban Forum, IIED worked with local governments on how to deliver against the wide-ranging goals. Alexandra Norodom reflects on the power of inclusive processes. Cities need to become more sustainable, inclusive and resilient; the New Urban Agenda (NUA) adopted at the 2016 Habitat III... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Thursday, March 22, 2018 - 10:39
With two-thirds of the world’s population expected to live in urban areas by 2050, forests are critical part of the solution to the unprecedented demand for water, food and energy that these cities will face, senior United Nations officials said Wednesday, on the International Day of Forests. “How we manage forests will determine how we meet this demand,” said Manoel Sobral Filho, Director of the... Read more