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[ News ] Posted on Tuesday, November 6, 2012 - 11:39
  Malaysia's low carbon Iskandar offers planning template for a planet with an urban population expected to double by 2050 Iskandar Malaysia, the first "smart metropolis" of Southeast Asia founded on principles of social integration as well as low carbon emissions thanks to a green economy and green technologies, is a potential template for urban development in emerging countries with burgeoning... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Tuesday, November 6, 2012 - 10:46
The world of architecture is opening its doors to video game technology in the form of a new online platform that aims to bring feats of collaborative urban design from the computer to the streets. It may look just like New York but there are a few giveaway signs that this is something else. One is that there are no people to be seen anywhere. Another comes in the shape of the numerous yellow... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Monday, November 5, 2012 - 15:44
Development in the Gulf: sustainable, intelligent and smart The Gulf area witnesses a huge boom in construction. The total value of construction projects planned or underway in the six Gulf Cooperation Council states – the United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Qatar, Bahrain and Oman – was about $1.9 trillion in 2011. Gulf countries have unique characteristics and these affect the systems,... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Monday, November 5, 2012 - 15:28
International Journal of Emergency Services (IJES) provides a platform for the development of scholarship in the management of all emergency services, both universal services such as Fire and Rescue, Police, and Ambulance services, and more specialised services such as the Coastguard, Air-Sea or Mountain Rescue. IJES publishes up-to-date and original research contributions for the benefi t of... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Monday, November 5, 2012 - 12:30
The Center for Sustainable Urban Development (CSUD) has collaborated with Nairobi’s Center for Urban and Regional Planning, the University of Nairobi, Katholieke Universiteit in Leuven (KUL), and two Belgian firms (Omgeving and Euro Immo Star) on a spatial concept for the Nairobi Metropolitan Area.  The consortium responded to Kenya’s Ministry of Nairobi Metropolitan Development for a “spatial... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Saturday, November 3, 2012 - 19:35
Andrew Steer commentary in bloomberg news is a very timely piece. It tells what message a storm in the Atlantic that fell on US east coast and the Carribean has for the rest of the world.
[ News ] Posted on Friday, November 2, 2012 - 10:11
Although Sandy has passed, for millions in states along the east coast there are still many hazards. It is important to take steps to protect children, as they are especially vulnerable to the environmental hazards that may be present. Sarita Chung provides some helpful tips for parents to ensure that children are safe after the devastating impacts of Hurricane Sandy. These tips center around... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Wednesday, October 31, 2012 - 11:46
US Government-sponsored mortgage backers Freddie Mac, Fannie Mae and the Federal Housing Administration are offering mortgage relief to some borrowers whose homes were damaged by Hurricane Sandy, the superstorm that has crippled communities across the Northeast. The relief is available to borrowers whose homes were damaged by Hurricane Sandy and which are located in jurisdictions that President... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Wednesday, October 31, 2012 - 11:35
Haiti and the United Nations are planning an appeal for emergency aid after Hurricane Sandy killed 54 people and devastated crops last week before going on to hit the United States. With hundreds of thousands of people still living in tents after the earthquake in 2010, Haiti was hardest hit by the storm. The call for donations follows a 96% drop in financial support for UN humanitarian... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Monday, October 29, 2012 - 15:55
High-level delegations from 50 countries across Asia and the Pacific, the most disaster-prone region in the world, have united around a call for an international agreement on disaster risk reduction to follow on from the Hyogo Framework for Action in 2015. Margareta Wahlström, the UN Secretary-General's Special Representative on Disaster Risk Reduction and Head of the UN Office for Disaster Risk... Read more