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[ News ] Posted on Thursday, July 18, 2019 - 23:28
A floating city on the water might sound like a science fiction idea, but these innovative city concepts could soon be making their way into our oceans. In April 2019, the United Nations Human Settlement Programme (UN-Habitat) discussed designing sustainable floating cities to help prepare for damage related to climate change. Alongside the Oceanix company, they unveiled a plan for a 10,000-... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Thursday, July 18, 2019 - 12:05
The narrative about global inequality and poverty often focuses on rural areas in the global south, with a heavy emphasis on sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia. But the reality is that poverty is becoming more concentrated in cities across the world. WRI’s own framing paper for its flagship World Resources Report, Towards a More Equal City, highlights this increasing “urbanization of poverty.”... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Thursday, July 18, 2019 - 11:47
In June 2016 Flavia Marzano received a phone call from Rome’s newly elected Five Star Movement mayor, Virginia Raggi, inviting her to be interviewed by Raggi–and a panel of 20 others–to head up Rome’s Innovation and Digital Transformation department as Assessore or Councillor. “I asked her to please give me some time to think about it but she gave me one minute!” exclaims Marzano. “So I took the... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Thursday, July 18, 2019 - 11:43
Cities worldwide are pursuing the goal of sustainable and inclusive urban development. To achieve this, knowledge exchange at an international level and building networks for politicians, city administrators, practitioners, academics, and researchers to engage with each other is becoming increasingly important. A quick and easy way to connect and learn from practical experiences in sustainable... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Thursday, July 18, 2019 - 11:41
When it comes to water sustainability and climate resilience, urban outdoor landscapes represent a wealth of opportunity. Outdoor landscapes are a vital component of our cities. Whether it’s outside a home, a store, an office, or a manufacturing plant, the landscape is a property’s primary interface with the community and the environment. Properly designed and managed using sustainable landscape... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Thursday, July 18, 2019 - 11:38
The Sustainable Development Goals are 17 goals to transform our world. These goals are part of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, which countries adopted in 2015. They are a call to action by all countries to encourage economic prosperity while protecting the earth and its resources. The goals demonstrate that economic growth is interconnected with a range of social and environmental... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Thursday, July 18, 2019 - 11:32
How urban living can cap population growth and help conserve natural resources.   If you thought the world was crowded now, just wait. According to the United Nations’ latest projections of world population growth, released in June, the planet will add another 2 billion people over the next 30 years. By 2055, the global population will be teetering on the brink of 10 billion. By 2100, we’ll be... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Wednesday, July 17, 2019 - 13:29
In an economy characterized by ever-increasing metropolisation, one of the biggest challenges for public authorities is to provide affordable housing for new arrivals and local populations alike. As purely market-based development will always tend to benefit those at the top of the social ladder and displace those at the bottom (or worse, render them homeless), metropolitan governments must... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Tuesday, July 16, 2019 - 10:16
Many cities around the world are working to increase the number of cyclists. Ask them why and you will get a mixed bag of responses – we are overcrowded with cars, our air quality is bad, we saw someone else do it, etc. The message is unclear, the plan uncertain, the future vision for the city undefined, and thus, progress gets stuck. But  there is an incredible opportunity to transform our... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Tuesday, July 16, 2019 - 09:06
Where do libraries loan out the most books? Interestingly, there are actually statistics about the number of books loaned every year in major cities around the world. They are compiled by the World Cities Culture Forum and the following infographic provides an overview of the cities loaning out the most books. The Tokyo Metropolitan Library reported that readers in the Japanese capital checked... Read more