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Posted on Monday, August 18, 2014 - 10:37
There is an emerging consensus that urbanisation is critically important to international development, but considerable confusion over what urbanisation actually is; whether it is accelerating or slowing; whether it should be encouraged or discouraged;and, more generally, what the responses should be.This Working Paper reviews some key conceptual issues and summarises urbanisation trends. It ends... Read more
Posted on Monday, July 21, 2014 - 08:47
Future Cities Catapult, an urban innovation centre, and engineering and consultant group, ARUP, have released a report which places the UK at the forefront in urban innovation, a sector that already adds £16 billion to the national economy. “The UK’s unique ecosystem of top companies, universities and vibrant cities, supported by an engaged and forward thinking government makes it the best place... Read more
Posted on Wednesday, June 25, 2014 - 10:31
Trading Places is a welcome addition to the critical literature that examines the intersection and collision of structure and agency in the operation of urban land markets in Africa. The authors deserve to be congratulated for producing a readable multidisciplinary book that introduces a fundamental discussion about the co-construction of urban spaces through land markets that are managed and... Read more
Posted on Thursday, June 19, 2014 - 10:19
Land and Land use in Uganda are central to the actualisation of the core Constitutional values of human dignity, equality and the advancement of human rights and fundamental freedoms.     In Uganda, land is owned under the four land tenure systems of Mailo; Leasehold, Freehold and Customary. The country also has a high percentage of people living in the rural areas carrying out primitive land use... Read more
Posted on Wednesday, May 28, 2014 - 09:24
Future urban population growth will take place in small to medium sized cities, requiring massive infrastructure (transport, water, sewerage, etc.) investment. However, if traditional approaches to building infrastructure continue to be adopted, they will lead to lifestyle and consumption patterns that will generate high levels of carbon emissions In the second week of April this year, the... Read more
Posted on Wednesday, May 21, 2014 - 09:08
After flying home from my third trip in the last 5 months as advisor to Medellín, Colombia, this trip timed with the city's hosting of the largest urban gathering on the planet, the World Urban Forum WUF7, it’s high time I shared some observations about the innovations and attitudes that are making this city a “must-watch.” The more I work with and learn about Medellín, the more I understand why... Read more
Posted on Wednesday, May 21, 2014 - 08:52
  Tokyo topped the ranking with impressive technology, economy, and an ability to attract talent from all over the world. With globalization, climate change, and social and economical challenges, today’s world cities need to adapt like never before. The IESE Business School in Spain is out with its annual Cities in Motion Index (ICIM), which ranks the world’s best ("smartest") cities — those... Read more
Posted on Thursday, May 15, 2014 - 08:47
Cities in developing countries with quality health, housing and water drainage systems, can more easily adapt to a changing climate, says the new Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) report. David Satterthwaite, a leading expert on human settlements and one of the two coordinating lead authors of the urban chapter in the IPCC report, told IRIN the report’s message for urban centres in... Read more
Posted on Tuesday, May 6, 2014 - 09:49
A Philippine city took center stage at the World Urban Forum (WUF) in Medellin, Colombia, organized by the United Nations. Cagayan de Oro City has been handpicked by the United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat), which spearheaded the world’s premiere conference on cities, as among the nine global intermediate cities. The other eight cities are Johor Bahru on the straits of Johor... Read more
Posted on Tuesday, May 6, 2014 - 09:11
We have, it seems, no difficulty in dealing with the idea of cities, historically or in day-to-day life across the world. Cities are often iconic and in many ways define national identity. On the whole, we like them. We have much more difficulty coming to terms with urbanisation – the process by which cities grow and change. China has just announced its very first "urbanisation policy", while... Read more

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