Urban Themes

[ News ] Posted on Monday, September 4, 2017 - 12:08
Global warming may have intensified Hurricane Harvey and storms in Asia and Africa but the real problem may be our sprawling cities First came the dire warnings of Hurricane Harvey, then the terrible scenes as the skies opened, whole neighbourhoods drowned and motorways became rivers. Now, as the waters subside and the full extent of the damage is assessed, come the voices of distraught people... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Monday, September 4, 2017 - 11:18
In news that might surprise some, South Africa’s densely populated financial capital, Johannesburg, has been declared the country’s most environmentally friendly metro area in an annual government-run competition. The Greenest Municipality Competition, now in its sixth year (it was previously called the “Cleanest Town Competition”) was created by South Africa’s department of environmental... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Thursday, August 31, 2017 - 16:14
Paris, July 13, 2017—Irina Bokova, Director-General of UNESCO, and Sameh Wahba, Director of the Social, Urban, Rural and Resilience Global Practice of the World Bank, signed a new Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) at UNESCO Headquarters today to reinvigorate the two institutions’ joint commitment to advance sustainable development by investing in culture, urban development, and resilience in an... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Thursday, August 31, 2017 - 15:26
Stevens has its very first Living Laboratory—thanks to Elizabeth Fassman-Beck. Fassman-Beck is a professor at Stevens Institute of Technology. An associate professor in the Department of Civil, Environmental and Ocean Engineering, Fassman-Beck teaches engineering hydrology and stormwater management. She is also one of the world's leading experts on green roofs, and has co-authored a book about ... Read more
[ Document ] Posted on Thursday, August 31, 2017 - 14:42
Water is vital, yet climate change and rising populations are putting pressure on supplies. Learn how cities and companies are collaborating on water governance with this infographic. Source: CPD This article is culled from daily press coverage from around the world. It is posted on the Urban Gateway by way of keeping all users informed about matters of interest. The opinion expressed in this... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Thursday, August 31, 2017 - 11:56
The gambling-ridden clan jetties of Malaysia’s George Town were saved from ruin by the award of Unesco world heritage status, but their new fame left locals overwhelmed by a tide of invasive tourism. Can we ever get the balance right?   Chew Jetty in Malaylsia’s George Town attracts tourists by the boatload. Historic homes are now commercial stalls branded with neon signs; one-time fishermen... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Thursday, August 31, 2017 - 10:53
Community Land Trusts keep the focus of development on the actual needs of a neighborhood. New York used to be a place where an average Joe could come to make it in the big city, but these days the average New Yorker struggles just to make rent. In the face of rampant financial deregulation, austerity-driven social disinvestment, and vast income inequality, working-class New York families are... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Thursday, August 31, 2017 - 10:27
PONTEVEDRA, Spain — It’s just a regular Wednesday morning in downtown Pontevedra, but the streets are so crowded with people that you might think a festival is going on. Everywhere you look there are pedestrians: walking their dogs, pushing baby strollers, heading to work, shopping or simply sitting and watching other people go by. Watching the scene, it is hard to believe that not long ago,... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Thursday, August 31, 2017 - 10:08
Traffic is a growing problem in cities worldwide. Some cities have taken steps to cut congestion. Among those is London, which puts a fee on most vehicles driving in a designated congestion charge zone. But others have yet to find a real solution. TomTom, a navigation and mapping company, has ranked the European cities it says have the worst traffic. The company collected data over nine... Read more
[ Event ] Posted on Tuesday, August 29, 2017 - 18:11
The URBAN FUTURE global conference is the World’s largest meeting point of CityChangers: committed people that actually drive change to make cities more sustainable. Vienna, Austria Feb 28 - Mar 2, 2018 At the URBAN FUTURE you will meet mayors, architects, mobility experts, city planners, scientists, sustainability managers, representatives from Start-Ups, environmentalists, innovation experts... Read more