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[ News ] Posted on Friday, July 26, 2019 - 09:08
According to Centre for Affordable Housing Finance in Africa (CAHFA), an affordable house may refer to a reasonably priced, decent home that costs less than 25 per cent of one’s monthly or annual income. And a low-cost house-a single bedroom unit on less than 28 square metres can easily be described as a cheap and uncomfortable house. CAHFA’s annual book (2018) indicates that majority of... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Friday, July 26, 2019 - 08:55
Currently, developed cities across the world account for about 71 to 76 percent of global carbon emissions. This does not come as a surprise; from the concrete used in buildings to factories and cars, cities are a carbon cesspool. According to the United Nations, by 2050, 68 percent of the world’s population will be living in urban areas. Now, short of a worldwide reduction in population, the... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Friday, July 26, 2019 - 08:44
As climate change concerns dominate the global news cycle, the pressure is on for civic leaders to reduce their cities’ carbon footprint. Individual households are stepping up to the challenge as best they can, but how can municipalities join the movement and implement renewable energy systems? Fortunately, cities can take direct, actionable steps to achieve true sustainability like so many other... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Friday, July 26, 2019 - 08:34
What can Australia learn about creating more sustainable, functional cities from the ancient Romans? A fair bit according to urban planner and history enthusiast Dr Shane Geha. One lesson we can learn from the Romans, according to the managing director of EG Urban Planning Dr Shane Geha, is how to manage density. He says endless urban sprawl is a “bad thing” for amenity, functionality and... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Wednesday, July 24, 2019 - 09:14
ational governments must step in to help towns and cities finance the green infrastructure revolution, argue Sarah Colenbrander and Denise Chan   There is a desperate demand for investment in urban infrastructure. At least a billion city dwellers worldwide lack access to safe drinking water, decent housing or reliable electricity. Plus the global urban population is projected to grow by a... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Wednesday, July 24, 2019 - 09:03
While car parking was a non-negotiable amenity for baby boomers, it is an eyesore to millennials and the up-and-coming iGen. Newer generations want more city and fewer cars. Globally, scrapping car parking is the latest trend in urban planning.  Between 2010 and 2015, Philadelphia removed 3,000 off-street parking spaces from its city centre. Copenhagen is following the same path. Zurich has... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Wednesday, July 24, 2019 - 08:56
During the past decade, much of the discussion about start-up ecosystems has been centered on the question of which city or region will become “the next Silicon Valley”. Although there are several places with promising growth trajectories, we frankly think this view is short-sided. It implies there needs to be a new champion overshadowing the old one. In fact, there will be no “next Silicon... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Tuesday, July 23, 2019 - 10:35
“We’ve still got a fishmonger. How many places still have that?” asked Kate Gander, listing the merits of her home, Market Harborough. In fact, she struggled to find anything negative at all to say about the Leicestershire town. “It’s got fantastic railway connections and it’s not too overrun by big businesses,” she said. Market Harborough today comes top in a league table of the most – and least... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Tuesday, July 23, 2019 - 10:21
Economic and financial expertise are essential to plan for Sustainable Development, so UN-Habitat and New York University's Marron Institute conducted the first five day course on ‘Urban Metropolitan Economy and Finance in a Global World’. This executive course was aimed at city leaders as was held at New York University
[ News ] Posted on Tuesday, July 23, 2019 - 09:29
Cassava Smartech, part of the Econet group, last week launched Clean City, a new business whose goal is to provide sustainable waste management in urban areas, in partnership with local authorities and the private sector. Speaking at the launch event in Harare, Clean City CEO, Mr Lovemore Nyatsine said the new business would offer innovative and sustainable waste management solutions using the... Read more

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