Urban Themes


[ Document ] Posted on Thursday, August 22, 2019 - 09:53
Heritage and Sustainable Urban Transformations introduces the concept of ‘deep cities’, a novel approach to the understanding and management of sustainable historic cities that will advance knowledge about how the long-term, temporal and transformative character of urban heritage can be better integrated into urban policies for sustainable futures. Contrary to the growing emphasis on green or... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Wednesday, August 21, 2019 - 12:29
In the week that Kenya announced it had sold its first crude oil consignment, Zimbabwe raised electricity prices threefold in the face of a biting shortage. Days earlier Rwanda, Tanzania and Burundi had signed commitments for the construction of the 83MW Ruzizi hydropower plant while Nigeria reached agreement with Siemens for the delivery of more than 25,000MW, a third of which is expected on... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Wednesday, August 21, 2019 - 12:22
The first 228 Kenyans who signed for the government-driven Affordable Housing Programme (AHP) will occupy the houses in October this year. The units are based in Ngara, Nairobi, and come with two bedrooms. The initiative, christened Boma Yangu, is under the government’s Big Four Agenda, and aims to facilitate ownership of affordable and decent housing for Kenyans in the low and middle-income... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Wednesday, August 21, 2019 - 12:10
Virtual reality and scenario-testing models are being built to help urban planners and architects get real-time feedback about the impact of their designs on mental health, particularly for older people.   Europe’s cities are getting greyer. The EU’s 2018 ageing report claims that by 2070, more than half of Europeans will be over the age of 65. Poor health and a limited income mean older... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Wednesday, August 21, 2019 - 11:49
With smart transportation services to greener buildings, smart cities are quickly revolutionising the way we think about urban living. We examine the top ten smart cities from across the world, according to the IESE Cities in Motion Index.       10 | Amsterdam Amsterdam was rated the 10th best smart city in the world and the 4th best in Western Europe, according to the IESCE Cities in Motion... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Wednesday, August 21, 2019 - 11:02
cities across Europe are trialling schemes such as roof gardens and ‘mobile forests’ to embed more nature into urban areas in an effort to protect their citizens from climate change events like heatwaves, floods and droughts. Cities are becoming harder places to live in as climate change brings higher temperatures, water scarcity and flooding that not only makes already crowded urban... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Wednesday, August 21, 2019 - 10:45
Feeling unhappy and cranky? The treatment: take a walk under some trees in the park.  That may not be the exact prescription of your doctor, but a first-of-its-kind study shows that visitors to urban parks use happier words and express less negativity on Twitter than they did before their visit—and that their elevated mood lasts, like a glow, for up to four hours afterwards. The effect is so... Read more
[ Document ] Posted on Tuesday, August 20, 2019 - 09:21
Melaka State in Malaysia has strong sustainability aspirations and is an important member of the Global Platform for Sustainable Cities (GPSC). To inform the next update to Melaka’s State Structure Plan, GPSC performed a sustainability outlook diagnostic to holistically consider six dimensions of the state’s urban sustainability. The diagnostic consists of an overview report—containing a policy... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Monday, August 19, 2019 - 10:11
When you think of the American South, sustainability and environmental protection initiatives may not be the first thought that comes to mind. Maybe it’s front porches, sweet tea and sweltering summers. We’ve still got all that, but in Chattanooga we’re working together to make strides in solar energy, green transportation, preserving the natural resources that make our region stellar for getting... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Monday, August 19, 2019 - 10:02
Vineyards in Copenhagen and searing desert-like heat in Rome? That could be a reality in both European capitals by 2050, according to temperature projections for 520 cities worldwide. "We found that 77% of future cities are very likely to experience a climate that is closer to that of another existing city [in a different bioclimatic region] than to its own current climate," wrote the scientists... Read more