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Posted on Wednesday, October 28, 2015 - 15:27
In the run-up to World Cities Day, with its theme of 'living together', an IIED, IDS and UNFPA workshop will examine why the migration that helps to create cities is so often resisted, and how a more inclusive urbanisation can be achieved. Gordon McGranahan raises six key questions.When countries are urbanising rapidly, powerful voices often lament that their cities are being overrun with rural... Read more
Posted on Tuesday, October 13, 2015 - 11:13
Urbanization is on the rise around the world. By 2050, some 70 percent of humanity will live in the cities and that is good news for the environment. Many of the environmental advantages are derived from living spaces being condensed. For example, electricity use per person in cities is lower than electricity use per person in the suburbs and rural areas. Condensed living space that creates... Read more
Posted on Monday, October 12, 2015 - 10:17
“The slums are not a place of despair. Its inhabitants are all working towards a better life”.– Vikas SwarupQuleen Kaur BijralCities in a word serve as ‘opportunities’ for the people stuck in areas lagging behind in social mobilisation, educational avenues and job opportunities. The promise of education, employment and health services drives scores of rural people to find a niche in the... Read more
Posted on Thursday, October 8, 2015 - 09:54
Too much water, too little water, or contaminated water. Cities around the world are facing major water-related challenges. These challenges are further aggravated by global trends such as urbanization and climate change. The time has come for water to become an asset rather than a problem in 'smart liveable cities' of the future.All over the world, people are migrating to ever larger cities.... Read more
Posted on Tuesday, October 6, 2015 - 11:08
"The heat is on to ensure sustinable development in Asia's swelling cities" Making cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable is now a global goal following the adoption of the post-2015 development agenda in New York in September. Achieving this target – sustainable development goal 11 – is vital because, for the first time in our history, more people live in cities... Read more
Posted on Monday, October 5, 2015 - 10:00
Public Spaces for All’ is the theme for the UN Habitat Day 2015 which will be celebrated on October 5th. 2015. Provision for public spaces for all is a sine quo non for providing a conducive Human Settlements Environment worldwide. With the world population now exceeding 7.2 billion people as at December 31st.2014 the increasing pressure on public spaces need not be gain said. Traditional public... Read more
Posted on Thursday, September 24, 2015 - 10:21
Urbanization provides South Asian countries with the potential to transform their economies to join the ranks of richer nations in both prosperity and livability, but a new World Bank report finds the region, while making strides, has struggled to make the most of the opportunity. One big reason is that its urbanization has been messy and hidden, according to the report titled, “Leveraging... Read more
Posted on Tuesday, September 22, 2015 - 11:38
Atlases educate, illustrate and illuminate our dynamic world In our inaugural Transforming World Atlas we have produced a series of maps to highlight BofA Merrill Lynch’s favorite cyclical and secular investment themes based on our Transforming World framework: Themes 1. People – the allocation of scarce human resources 2. Earth – the allocation of scarce natural resources 3. Innovation – the... Read more
Posted on Tuesday, September 22, 2015 - 11:08
Last week the #UrbanAge10 #tbt campaign, which has focused on the city scale for several weeks, zoomed down to the neighbourhood level to look at spatial DNA. Today's post goes as far as possible in theopposite direction to understand urbanisation on a global scale. The Urban Age Programme was established in 2005, several years before the urban population overtook the rural one for the first time... Read more
Posted on Wednesday, September 16, 2015 - 10:19
Slums are a curse and blessing in fast urbanising Africa. They have challenged Africa's progress towards better living and working spaces but they also provide shelter for the swelling populations seeking a life in cities. Rural Africans are pouring into towns and cities in search of jobs and other opportunities, but African cities - 25 of which are among the 100 fastest growing cities in the... Read more

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