Urban Themes

[ News ] Posted on Monday, September 11, 2017 - 14:42
Emergent technologies are poised to radically change how we work and live. They will transform our cities and workplaces, shifting jobs and entrepreneurship in new directions, and spur new ways to manage our lives. All of society will be affected, up to and including how we interact with machines themselves. Sophisticated machines and applications that communicate online will accelerate... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Monday, September 11, 2017 - 13:28
Yet again, this week, man-made disaster was presented as a natural calamity. It is true that on August 29, Mumbai received roughly 315 mm of rain. However, this was less than half of what Mumbai received on July 26, 2005. The effect was just as crippling—the city was flooded, transport came to a halt, millions were stranded, leading to loss of life and damage to property. It was as if little had... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Monday, September 11, 2017 - 12:49
UNITED NATIONS — National governments this week made clear that they are not interested in the creation of a new U. N. body to coordinate global action on sustainable urbanization. But the “UN Urban” proposal was not all that was on the table at the high-level meeting here. The focus of this week’s talks was how to reform UN-Habitat, the international body’s lead agency on urbanization —... Read more
[ Document ] Posted on Friday, September 8, 2017 - 12:45
Kumar is the sole provider for his family. He runs an ironing service in Bengaluru that brings in between $6 and $7.50 a day, enough to barely get by. When the power cuts out two to three times a day in the summer for as long as four hours, Kumar has to leave the irons dormant and he brings home much less. Cities that are already struggling to provide clean, affordable and reliable energy to... Read more
[ Opportunities ] Posted on Friday, September 8, 2017 - 10:09
International Junior Consultant, Sustainable Urbanization Location : Bangkok, THAILAND Application Deadline : 22-Sep-17 (Midnight New York, USA) Type of Contract : Individual Contract Post Level : International Consultant Languages Required : English Starting Date : (date when the selected candidate is expected to start) 02-Oct-2017 Duration of Initial Contract : October 2017- June 2018 Expected... Read more
[ Opportunities ] Posted on Thursday, September 7, 2017 - 14:57
Deadline: 15 September 2017 - 12:00am Website: https://www.africancentreforcities.net/vacancy-urban-studies-postdoctoral-research-fellowship/ SCOPEThe postdoctoral fellowship is focussed on Urban Studies-Southern Urbanism. The candidate will have expertise in qualitative social research, with a firm grounding in social theory and interest in the Global South. Familiarity with (social) design,... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Thursday, September 7, 2017 - 12:42
Indian cities are going through a massive change. Decision-makers are rethinking urban design to make public infrastructure more useable and accessible. For instance, public bike share systems in Bhopal and Mysore have changed the way people commute; or the redesigning of streets in Bangalore has created a safe pedestrian network. In other cities like Mumbai, Pune, Bhubaneshwar, and Gurgaon, the... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Thursday, September 7, 2017 - 12:10
More and more of the world’s citizens are moving to cities. The United Nations says by 2050, the world’s urban populations will increase by 2.5 billion people, a phenomenon known as “urbanization”. U.S. Census figures show nearly two-thirds of the United States’ population currently lives in an urban area. And that number is expected to explode. Cities around the world are on track to face many... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Thursday, September 7, 2017 - 10:55
UNITED NATIONS — Reaching consensus is typically a long, arduous process for the international community, but on a new proposal for a fresh approach to urban issues, national governments were nearly unanimous: No thanks. The reaction came this week at U. N. Headquarters during a high-level meeting of ministers, mayors and urban experts to discuss a recent report commissioned by U. N. Secretary-... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Wednesday, September 6, 2017 - 12:24
As the world’s biggest cities continue to sprawl with many millions of new people, they’ll look to many of the technologies and tactics covered in today’s infographic from Raconteur to work smarter – and not harder – for their inhabitants. Why cities? Cities are the engines of modern society. They power the global economy, consume vast amounts of resources, house the majority of the world... Read more

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