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[ Document ] Posted on Tuesday, August 6, 2019 - 08:38
In recent years, the concept of smart sustainable cities has come to the fore. And it is rapidly gaining momentum and worldwide attention as a promising response to the challenge of urban sustainability. This pertains particularly to ecologically and technologically advanced nations. This paper provides a comprehensive overview of the field of smart (and) sustainable cities in terms of its... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Monday, August 5, 2019 - 14:59
Basic sanitation or lack of it is among myriad challenges facing millions of Kenyans living in informal settlements. Projections by UN-Habitat show that 56 per cent of Kenyans live in informal settlements. Thus, providing basic amenities has become a key part of the ongoing national dialogue on inclusive and sustainable growth. These areas suffer deficiencies in services and basic infrastructure... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Monday, August 5, 2019 - 14:35
For quite a while now, there's been great interest in smart cities. While there is no universally accepted definition of a smart city, the ultimate aim is to provide improved citizen services and a better lifestyle to urban dwellers. In the quest to transform this ambitious plan into reality, governments, urban planners, engineers, and architects are collaboratively strategizing and leveraging... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Monday, August 5, 2019 - 09:33
Inclusion of all citizens is a challenge to rapidly urbanising societies. Federico Batista Poitier outlines how the Global Compact on Inclusive and Accessible Cities is an important tool in this regard, providing local governments with a framework that allows them to measure inclusion in their municipalities. With more than half of the population living in cities and towns today, local... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Monday, August 5, 2019 - 09:18
Migrant workers in cities often experience exclusion and discrimination. Hoang Phuong Thao explains the particular situation of women migrant workers in Vietnam, and why SDG implementation is a great tool for integrating disadvantaged groups into the urban development process. “I have to wake up at 4:30 am every day, 7 days a week to prepare breakfast for my parents-in-law and my little 2-year-... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Monday, August 5, 2019 - 09:03
There is a justifiable push to build more housing, but this pressure should not ignore the benefits of greenery residential areas. Not only for aesthetic or biodiversity reasons. International studies are piling up that link greenness with better health. This year, for example, research in the Journal of the American Heart Association tied reduced heart-disease risk to “neighbourhood greenness”... Read more
[ Opportunities ] Posted on Monday, August 5, 2019 - 08:38
IHE Delft is organizing its 6th session of the international symposium on knowledge and capacity development for the water sector on May 27-29, 2020, in cooperation with the Global Water Operator Partnership Alliance (GWOPA) and other partners. The symposium will bring together scholars, decision-makers and practitioners to discuss the current and future role of capacity development and take a... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Monday, August 5, 2019 - 08:34
Imagine walking over a bright rainbow-coloured crosswalk in Davie Village, Vancouver’s vibrant gaybourhood and then making a turn into a laneway lined with shrubs and shared gardens. Would you be more willing to chat to a stranger en route rather than in an area surrounded by simple, raw concrete constructions? In an experiment involving a walking tour of the city district, cognitive... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Friday, August 2, 2019 - 11:04
Cities have a critical role to play in fighting climate change but hard conversations lie ahead about the best way to achieve the transition to sustainability, according to Harriet Bulkeley, professor of geography at Durham University, UK. What makes cities so pivotal in fighting climate change? ‘It has taken the world quite a long time to realise that greenhouse gas emissions, although they... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Friday, August 2, 2019 - 10:12
In the US, as summer continues, so are the heavy spring rains, and more and more towns and cities in the Midwest are under water. These communities are suffering devastating losses from flooding, with roads and dams damaged, over 62 levees breached or overtopped and hundreds of miles of levees damaged along the Missouri River. Damage to water treatment plants and contamination of wells means that... Read more

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