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[ News ] Posted on Wednesday, November 1, 2017 - 16:43
How can cities with 18th-century infrastructure support 21st-century life? Smart infrastructure innovations could save cities millions. The world is witnessing an unprecedented level of urbanization with an estimated 1 million new urban dwellers worldwide over the next forty years. While this trend creates great opportunities for cities, it also places great stress on those infrastructure... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Wednesday, November 1, 2017 - 16:11
They’re innovative, smart and forward-looking. They attract people, businesses and investment. These are just some of the reasons that London, New York, Paris, Singapore, Tokyo, Hong Kong and Seoul are the seven best-run cities in the world, according to The Universe of City Indices 2017. The league table, compiled by JLL, a global real estate services firm, has remained more or less the... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Wednesday, November 1, 2017 - 10:32
URBAN PLANNERS TALK about two visions of the future city: heaven and hell. Hell, in case it's not clear, is bad—cities built for technologies, big companies, and vehicles instead of the humans who actually live in them. And hell, in some ways, is here. Today's US cities are dominated by highways there were built by razing residential neighborhoods. Few sidewalks and fewer bike lanes. It's all... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Wednesday, November 1, 2017 - 08:38
Guangzhou, 31 October 2017 – UN-Habitat joined partners around the world in celebrating World Cities Day under the theme Innovative Governance, Open Cities.  The global celebration was marked in Guangzhou, China, where Dr Joan Clos, UN-Habitat’s Executive Director, delivered his official statement and in Shanghai, where he unveiled an urban statue dedicated to the day, which promotes the... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Tuesday, October 31, 2017 - 14:55
Today, there are more than one billion migrants in the world, representing a seventh of the world’s population. This level of human mobility is unprecedented and continues to rise at a rapid rate. This one billion is comprised of an estimated 244 million international migrants and 763 million internal migrants – over three times the number. Yet it is international migration that seems to... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Tuesday, October 31, 2017 - 12:38
One hundred and fifty-nine cities have presented an appeal to the United Nations Secretary and all UN agencies to recognise their role in shaping sustainable food systems. The call came during an annual gathering of Milan Urban Food Policy Pact cities, this year hosted by Valencia. During the three-day summit, Toronto and the capital of Madagascar, Antananarivo, were announced as winners of the... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Tuesday, October 31, 2017 - 12:13
Parking may seem like a “pedestrian” topic (pun intended). However, parking is of increasing importance in metropolitan areas worldwide. On average, motor vehicles are parked 95% of the time. Yet most transport analysis focuses on vehicles when they are moving. Substantial amounts of land and buildings are set aside to accommodate “immobile” vehicles. In Australia, Brisbane provides 25,633... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Tuesday, October 31, 2017 - 11:51
Lessons from the Philippine city of Naga and the turnaround efforts of its former six-term mayor. When the late Jesse Robredo was elected mayor of Naga in 1988, the Philippine city was in dire financial straits. Its coffers were in the red, its tax base had eroded to only 2,000 enterprises and tax avoidance was endemic, exacerbated by rumours that local officials were receiving kickbacks from a... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Monday, October 30, 2017 - 17:18
In 2015, over a billion people migrated: 244 million went abroad and 763 million moved within their home country. Some boarded planes to start a new job in another country. Some risked their lives in overcrowded boats, fleeing war or famine. And others left the countryside in search of jobs and a better quality of life. What the vast majority have in common is that they ended up moving to a... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Monday, October 30, 2017 - 16:53
With its focus on renewable energy sources and eco-friendly buildings, Washington D.C is setting new standards for cities not just in the U.S. but also globally. The U.S. capital recently received the highest level of certification in the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) standard – making it the world’s first LEED Platinum city. Originally devised to evaluate the... Read more