Urban Themes

[ News ] Posted on Monday, March 19, 2018 - 15:13
Projections suggest cities will swell at an astonishing pace – but whether that means our salvation or an eco-disaster is by no means certain by John Vidal The 1960 street map of Lagos, Nigeria, shows a small western-style coastal city surrounded a few semi-rural African villages. Paved roads quickly turn to dirt, and fields to forest. There are few buildings over six floors high and not many... Read more
[ Opportunities ] Posted on Monday, March 19, 2018 - 15:00
ORGANIZATIONAL LOCATION UN-Habitat, Somalia Programme DUTY STATION Nairobi/ Kenya (with travel to Somalia) FUNCTIONAL TITLE Legal Specialist – Urban legislation, land and human rights, CONTRACT TYPE Consultant POST DURATION 6 months CLOSING DATE 21 March 2018   BACKGROUND Several regions of Somalia, and the country, as a whole, other regions of Somalia, have been... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Monday, March 19, 2018 - 14:55
Urban development changes storm patterns and rainfall amounts, two new papers suggest. The research highlights the need for urban planning and infrastructure design that considers how the landscape will affect the weather. In two separate papers, teams led by Dev Niyogi, Indiana state climatologist and professor in the agronomy and earth, atmospheric, and planetary sciences departments at... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Monday, March 19, 2018 - 14:48
Ben Lambert, a 34-year-old who manages fundraising efforts for a number of nonprofits, lives in one of Denver’s densest residential neighborhoods: Capitol Hill. The area surrounds Colorado’s capitol building and is home to museums, concert venues and restaurants. The housing stock consists mostly of apartment buildings and tightly packed homes. Ben’s apartment building has a small off-street... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Monday, March 19, 2018 - 12:45
Every city in the U.S. has a chief elected leader. Many cities have a chief technology officer. Several cities have a chief resilience officer. But, how many cities have a chief scientist? In an era of climate change and limited resources, isn’t this an idea whose time has come? I suggested this idea at the recent CitiesIPCC 2018 Conference in Edmonton, Canada before a friendly audience of mayors... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Monday, March 19, 2018 - 12:32
Notably, no U.S. cities featured in the top 10 LONDON, March 15 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Singapore remains the world's most expensive city for the fifth consecutive year, with Paris, Zurich and Hong Kong following closely behind, according to the Worldwide Cost of Living Survey published on Thursday. Low inflation meant Tokyo - the most expensive city until 2013 - dropped out of the top 10... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Thursday, March 15, 2018 - 16:26
Authors: Franz Gatzweiler, Executive director of the URBAN HEALTH AND WELLBEING: A SYSTEMS APPROACH Programme of the International Council for Science (ICSU), Institute of Urban Environment, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Xiamen, China Email: gatzweiler02@gmail.com Jieling Liu, PhD candidate in Climate Change and Sustainable Development Policies, Institute of Social Sciences, University of Lisbon,... Read more
[ Interaction ] Posted on Thursday, March 15, 2018 - 16:07
Authors: Franz Gatzweiler, Executive director of the URBAN HEALTH AND WELLBEING: A SYSTEMS APPROACH Programme of the International Council for Science (ICSU), Institute of Urban Environment, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Xiamen, China Email: gatzweiler02@gmail.com Jieling Liu, PhD candidate in Climate Change and Sustainable Development Policies, Institute of Social Sciences, University of Lisbon,... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Thursday, March 15, 2018 - 14:20
The San Francisco Bay Area’s flood risk maps, produced by FEMA, use satellite radar to calculate city-by-city threats. One thing they don’t take into account, however: Bay-side cities aren’t just vulnerable to melting ice caps. They’re also sinking — sometimes at a rate of about a half-inch per year. That’s the alarming conclusion from researchers at UC Berkeley and Arizona State University.... Read more

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