Urban Themes

[ Document ] Posted on Thursday, August 17, 2017 - 09:55
The African Centre for Cities launched a new publication, Reforming Urban Laws in Africa: A Practical Guide. The guide, written by Stephen Berrisford and the late Patrick McAuslan, provides hands-on guidance to officials, practitioners and researchers working on the urgent task of improving, modernising and rationalising urban legislation in the Sub-Saharan region. The guide finds that although... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Thursday, August 17, 2017 - 08:55
Cities are the way of the future. In less than 35 years, the World Health Organization estimates that two-thirds of the world population will be living in urban areas. That's an additional 2.5 billion people. The cities that will flourish the most are those that rely on cutting-edge technologies and create opportunities for people to develop new ones. To get a sense of which cities do that... Read more
[ Event ] Posted on Wednesday, August 16, 2017 - 14:32
Amsterdam International Water Week launches conference programme Amsterdam International Water Week (AIWW) has launched its conference programme with a focus on the ambition to achieve breakthroughs in real-life water challenges, in particular in densely populated areas: from water shortage to floods, and climate change to medication in wastewater. Cities, industries and water companies have... Read more
[ Interaction ] Posted on Wednesday, August 16, 2017 - 12:23
In planning circles, “resilience” often refers to the ability of urban systems to bounce back from environmental shock. On that front, Tulsa, Oklahoma, has its work cut out, ensuring utilities and emergency services have the resources to withstand 130-mph tornadoes whipping through the city. But to DeVon Douglass, Tulsa’s Chief Resilience Officer, resilience is ultimately about the strength of... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Wednesday, August 16, 2017 - 12:16
Most of the world’s human citizens now live in cities, and the percentage of people who do (as well as the percentage of urbanized land) is only going to grow. An awareness of urban biodiversity helps to dispel the myth that “nature” only happens away from the human-built environment. By that telling, humans are not part of nature, and this perspective has led to some of the most damaging... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Wednesday, August 16, 2017 - 11:25
A global panel of experts has recommended the creation of a first-ever international body focused on urban sustainability. The panel was formed at the behest of U. N. Secretary-General António Guterres, who subsequently indicated his support for the creation of such an entity, being referred to as “UN Urban”. The proposal, released 3 August, is the topline conclusion of a major report on how to... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Wednesday, August 16, 2017 - 10:41
This seemingly dull photograph, below, records a remarkable meeting of brilliant minds in sleepy Somerset, an encounter which generated groundbreaking, innovative ideas, which would go on to shape the modern world and forever changed the way we live. It was taken at the 1947 Congrès International d’Architecture Moderne (CIAM) in Bridgwater. The delegates included individuals who would become... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Wednesday, August 16, 2017 - 10:06
Top 100 Most Populous Cities Evaluated Using the Sustainable Development Goals New York – Today, the Sustainable Development Solutions Network, which co-produces the Global SDG Index, released the first-ever U.S. Cities SDG Index. The Index ranks the 100 most populous U.S. cities, using Metropolitan Statistical Areas (MSAs), based on their performance on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs... Read more
[ Document ] Posted on Wednesday, August 16, 2017 - 10:01
America is the world’s richest large economy, with the world’s leading technologies and institutions of higher learning. Yet, the United States of America (U.S.) is falling behind other countries on a range of indicators relating to quality-of-life, economic opportunity, and environmental management. Nowhere is this problem more apparent than in American cities, which are home to 62.7 percent of... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Tuesday, August 15, 2017 - 15:05
The world is increasingly urban, with cities projected to gain 2.5 billion more residents by 2050 – mostly in Asia and Africa. As we face escalating global crises such as climate change, chronic disease, poverty, inequity and homelessness, popular opinion often reflects the stereotypes of urban living as a major contributor. This cliché contrasts smoggy skylines, traffic-choked streets and... Read more

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