Urban Themes


[ Event ] Posted on Wednesday, August 14, 2019 - 09:53
From 7-10 October 2019 the 20th issue of Walk21 – The International Conference on Walking and Liveable Cities – will be held in Rotterdam, the Netherlands.  The Walk21 Rotterdam conference, with its motto WALK THE TALK, welcomes around 180 speakers from all continents. The event invites politicians, urban planners, administrators and academics to explore the conference themes SMART HEALTHY and... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Wednesday, August 14, 2019 - 09:50
Fifty million people in 15 cities in the ‘global south’ lack access to safe, reliable and affordable water, says a new working paper by the World Resources Institute (WRI). The report adds that the urban water crisis is much worse than previously thought. In fact, for cities like Bengaluru and Mumbai, among others, the dreaded ‘Day Zero’ may already be here. From Cape Town in South Africa to... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Wednesday, August 14, 2019 - 09:45
“Slow the hell down.” That’s the message New York City Mayor Bill De Blasio delivered on Twitter as he announced the revival of the city’s speed camera program. The cameras went live in July with expanded hours, issuing hefty tickets to any driver who creeps above 36 miles per hour—that’s 11 mph above the city’s 25 mph posted limit—in 750 school zones throughout the city’s five boroughs. New York... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Wednesday, August 14, 2019 - 09:37
This was just one view from a recent workshop where a vision for Australia’s future cities was mapped out. It highlights that liveability means different things to different people. But what will the liveability of our cities be like in 40 years’ time? For the CSIRO report, 2019 Australian National Outlook, the authors used scenario analysis to explore prospects for Australia in 2060. This... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Wednesday, August 14, 2019 - 09:30
when he was 14, Ljubljana resident Janko Vrhunc spent every Sunday training to drive a steam locomotive. “We had to sign in, then check all the wagons, check the train, then talk to all the workers,” recalls Vrhunc, now 84. “I asked the train driver: is the fire strong enough? I asked the conductor: did we sell enough tickets to depart? Are the uniforms in order?” After three months Vrhunc and... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Wednesday, August 14, 2019 - 09:22
It’s a warm afternoon in late spring and before us rows of strawberry plants rustle in the breeze as the scent of fragrant herbs wafts across the air. Nearby, a bee buzzes lazily past. Contrary to appearances, however, we are not in an idyllic corner of the countryside but standing on the top of a six-storey building in the heart of the French capital. Welcome to the future of farming in Paris –... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Wednesday, August 14, 2019 - 09:14
New visualization technologies such as mixed reality holds a great potential for urban design and public participation. This way of realistically blending 3D architectural sketches and designs with the physical environment can create a more intuitive space for planners, architects, residents and other stakeholders to re-imagine future environments from the city streets of today. Mixed reality can... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Wednesday, August 14, 2019 - 08:56
As the United States suffers through a summer of record-breaking heat, new research shows that temperatures on a scorching summer day can vary as much as 20 degrees across different parts of the same city, with poor or minority neighborhoods often bearing the brunt of that heat. “The heat island effect is often characterized as the city being hotter than surrounding rural areas,” said Vivek... Read more
[ Opportunities ] Posted on Thursday, August 8, 2019 - 16:35
This year, World Habitat Day is calling attention to the issue of waste, wishing to change the discourse into a positive one, where waste is presented as an opportunity to bring about wealth and change in the communities and cities where we live.UN-Habitat is calling for you to share your innovative solutions and best practices that transform waste to wealth. The objective is to collate the best... Read more
[ Document ] Posted on Wednesday, August 7, 2019 - 15:36
As urban growth and development continue at a breathtaking pace across the world, cities are increasingly bearing the brunt of conflicts, crises and disasters, which themselves are growing in number, magnitude and complexity. The convergence of these two trends – increasing urbanization and growing crises – demands an enhanced approach to city reconstruction and recovery, one that puts culture at... Read more