Urban Themes


[ 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
[ News ] Posted on Wednesday, August 7, 2019 - 08:33
India has a huge waste problem. By 2030, estimates say India will need land the size of Singapore to dump its waste. Together with a rising urban population, India is in a race against time to find effective urban waste management strategies. Nagpur, India’s 13th most populous city, relies solely on the Bhandewadi landfill, that has already exceeded its initial planned capacity. It is pioneering... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Tuesday, August 6, 2019 - 09:06
urban developments kick off daily. But are we getting closer to sustainable city ideals? How many of places with an abundance of greenery and smart tech are really cases of sustainable humans flourishing? Essential elements of a sustainable city include renewable and local resources, self-sufficiency, green infrastructure, closed material loops and overall efficiency. Add sustainability culture,... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Tuesday, August 6, 2019 - 08:54
Big ideas can forever alter the fate of cities when they are written into cement, steel and stone. When St. Petersburg, Russia, was created in 1703 by Peter the Great, he envisioned the new capital as an emblem of a modern Russian empire, inspired by Western European trade hubs, such as Amsterdam. In the 20th century, Chandirgarh, India, was modeled on English “Garden Cities” in order to make a... Read more