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[ News ] Posted on Tuesday, December 11, 2012 - 11:37
This year's jury panel brought together a group of influential and innovative thinkers from across the interior design industry. The jury was asked to judge entries on a number of factors, including design originality, innovation, sustainability and context. Participants were asked to demonstrate how their design addressed the key elements of the client brief, and to give specific examples of how... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Tuesday, December 11, 2012 - 10:36
With a population of five million crammed on a landmass of just 715 square kilometers, the tiny republic of Singapore has been forced to expand upwards, building high-rise residential complexes to house the country's many inhabitants.  Now, Singapore is applying the vertical model to urban agriculture, experimenting with rooftop gardens and vertical farms in order to feed its many residents. ... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Friday, December 7, 2012 - 10:51
As Africa urbanizes at a faster rate than any other region in the world, a more integrated approach to urban water management is needed to solve complex water challenges in Africa's teeming, thirsty cities, making them more sustainable and resilient, says a World Bank report presented 6th December at the AfriCities Summit in Dakar, Senegal. The report collates lessons of experience from 31 cities... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Thursday, December 6, 2012 - 12:41
  New Save the Children report reveals findings of research with over 1,000 African children and key stakeholders Social and economic development policies in Africa are ignoring the demographic realities of an increasing number of children living in poverty in urban slums with devastating impacts, according to a new report by Save the Children. The report, entitledVoices from urban Africa: The... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Thursday, December 6, 2012 - 12:16
Lacking both early-warning systems and risk-reduction budgets, medium-sized towns in Africa are poorly equipped to respond to emergencies provoked by natural disasters, rural-urban migration and ecosystem destruction, a United Nations report released today says. Most local government staffers have no direct access to computers, while information management systems are non-existent, according to... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Wednesday, December 5, 2012 - 15:44
The sixth edition of the Africities Summit opened this Tuesday 4th December 2012, in  the capital city of Dakar,  with this years’ theme “Building Africa starting from its territories”. During a week, from December 4th to 8th, an expected 5000 participants from across the Continent and the world, will examine the impact and the dynamics of urbanization, globalization, democratization and... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Wednesday, December 5, 2012 - 15:33
A workshop to discuss activities for the Because I'm a Girl: Urban Programme (BIAAG UP) joint Plan International, Women In Cities International (WICI), and UN-HABITAT project was organized in Hanoi last month. The project is part of a programme which seeks to engage girls in cities around the world to explore questions around gender inclusion, right to the city and safe cities. BIAAGE will be... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Wednesday, December 5, 2012 - 14:53
The National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) and UN-Habitat Pakistan recently held a fundraising event for the "Resilient Cities" project in 31 cities of Pakistan. The project aims to establish sustainable Disaster Resilient and Healthy cities and townships in the disaster prone regions of the country. Hosted by Dr. Zafar Iqbal Qadir, Chairman of NDMA, the fundraising event was attended by... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Wednesday, December 5, 2012 - 12:28
On the eve of the Africities Summit in Dakar, Senegal is the first country in the world to initiate a National Urban Campaign and to launch UN-Habitat's I'm a City Changer in Africa campaign. Held in Guediawaye, a populous suburb of Dakar, the launch was an opportunity to rally citizens to the cause of African City Changers under the banner Defar Sama Dekk - literally meaning in the Wolof... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Tuesday, December 4, 2012 - 11:07
  The Malawian City of Lilongwe has received arguably one of the highest accolades that can be bestowed on a city as a result of the Johannesburg/Lilongwe Mentorship Programme. Lilongwe was presented with the Guangzhou International Award for Urban Innovation for its City Development Strategy developed and implemented with the assistance of the City of Joburg in their drive to implement... Read more

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