Urban Themes

[ News ] Posted on Thursday, November 2, 2017 - 11:24
There is strength in numbers, the old idiom goes. Indeed, history shows that collaboration fosters ideas and results. Next week, the Global Platform for Sustainable Cities, or GPSC, will convene in New Delhi, India, to again share ideas and build on their collective vision: to work towards shaping cities that are sustainable, thriving, and inclusive through the decades ahead. The gathering... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Thursday, November 2, 2017 - 11:02
Energy-efficient construction is key to lowering urban emissions, study finds What are the best ways for U.S. cities to combat climate change? A new study co-authored by an MIT professor indicates it will be easier for cities to reduce emissions coming from residential energy use rather than from local transportation — and this reduction will happen mostly thanks to better building practices, not... Read more
[ Interaction ] Posted on Thursday, November 2, 2017 - 10:48
Editor's Note: The Communist Party of China has just concluded its 19th National Congress in Beijing. China Daily asked business leaders from major multinational companies for their views on economic developments here and the country's global leadership role. Lim Yoke Loon is Greater China president of The Dow Chemical Company, the second-largest chemical firm in the world and based in the United... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Thursday, November 2, 2017 - 10:22
Many of India’s big cities are seeing a rapid influx of new arrivals keen for their share of the economic opportunities unfolding as part of the country’s growth story. The pressures on housing and infrastructure aren’t just affecting the new city dwellers; they’re having a knock-on impact on the quality of life for longer-term residents as congestion and pollution rises in line with the ever-... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Thursday, November 2, 2017 - 09:53
Urbanization is the movement of people from the country side (rural areas) to cities and towns (urban areas). As urbanization increases in the Caribbean, natural resources become depleted. Natural resources are materials created naturally by the earth that are utilized one way or another for human survival. Natural resources are being exploited by human activities at a faster rate than they are... Read more
[ Document ] Posted on Thursday, November 2, 2017 - 08:55
Comparative city indices are more prevalent than ever. In this latest update on the state of the art of city indices by JLL and The Business of Cities, we reveal that their number has reached a new threshold – there are now over 300 indices worldwide that score, benchmark and rank cities on almost every aspect of urban life. Increasingly, these indices have a bearing on how we understand city... Read more
[ 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
[ Document ] Posted on Wednesday, November 1, 2017 - 10:53
Sustainable Urbanization in the Paris Agreement’ – a comparative review of Nationally Determined Contributions for Urban Content”, a UN-Habitat publication coming on the heels of Habitat III, the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and COP22. The adoption of the New Urban Agenda (NUA) on 20 October 2016, and the entry into force of the Paris Agreement on Climate Change two weeks later, on 4... Read more
[ Document ] Posted on Wednesday, November 1, 2017 - 10:50
The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development has identified a series of goals related to the challenges facing cities. Goal 11 seeks to make cities and other human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable. Among other things, the targets for 2030 address access to affordable housing; safe, affordable and sustainable transport systems; open green, public and natural spaces; good water... Read more