Urban Themes

[ 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
[ News ] Posted on Monday, October 30, 2017 - 13:53
Quezon City, Philippines., October 27, 2017— Despite the recent suspension of work and classes due to a public transport strike affecting all of Metro Manila, about 40 representatives from five Philippine national government agencies showed up for the first training workshop on Building Climate Resiliency through Urban Plans & Designs (BCRUPD), a German government funded project with UN-... Read more
[ Opportunities ] Posted on Monday, October 30, 2017 - 12:38
Issued on: 30 October 2017 ORGANIZATIONAL LOCATION UN-Habitat, Somalia Programme DUTY STATION Nairobi/ Kenya (with travel to Somalia) FUNCTIONAL TITLE Monitoring and Evaluation Expert CONTRACT TYPE Consultant POST DURATION 6 months CLOSING DATE 13 November 2017 BACKGROUNDUN-Habitat has been active in the Somalia urban sector for more than 20 years and currently is... Read more
[ Interaction ] Posted on Monday, October 30, 2017 - 12:25
When it comes to the age-old negotiation between local and national governments, African Centre for Cities co-founder Susan Parnell sees two extremes. On the one side are those who believe that cities have all the answers, and that if they were just unshackled from the rules set out by national governments, they could provide robust economies and just societies for all. That vision is... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Monday, October 30, 2017 - 10:55
MENDOZA, Argentina — The city leaders had come from all across Argentina, from icy Ushuaia, the southernmost city in the world, to subtropical Puerto Iguazú, gateway to the famous waterfalls. And they had one purpose: to get talking about how to improve Argentina’s cities. It was Argentina’s first ever Foro Urbano Nacional, or National Urban Forum. At dozens of tables packed into an event hall,... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Wednesday, October 25, 2017 - 15:40
Anne Hidalgo did not mince words when it came to Donald Trump’s climate policies.   At the opening plenary of an international gathering of city leaders, Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo singled out one nation’s leader. It was not her own. “The retreat by Donald Trump from the Paris climate accord is a catastrophe, a major error,” she told James Fallows, the Atlantic correspondent and panel moderator at... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Wednesday, October 25, 2017 - 15:38
The number of buses and goods vehicles will be allowed to continue growing but the growth cap for private cars will be cut to zero in 2018   Singapore, one of the most expensive places in the world to buy a vehicle, has announced it will freeze the number of private cars on its roads from next year but vowed to expand public transport. The growth cap for all passenger cars and motorcycles will be... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Wednesday, October 25, 2017 - 15:19
Land trust designed to control how much homes are resold for, preserving affordability for generations New York City has long struggled with how to help lower-income families buy homes as real-estate prices climb further out of reach. A coalition of housing groups was expected Tuesday to unveil plans for a new community land trust that, they say, could offer a new model for how the city addresses... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Wednesday, October 25, 2017 - 15:13
The world’s cities today are facing multiple challenges, from exposure to climate change to concerns about social segregation to deepening health crises. What’s more, these issues are profoundly interrelated. Urban planning policies that have prioritized cars over walking or bicycling simultaneously worsen air pollution, lengthen commutes and contribute to incidence of “urban diabetes”, which the... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Wednesday, October 25, 2017 - 13:52
An analysis of Hamburg, Manchester, Pittsburgh Cities are on the rise at a scale and speed unprecedented in human history. They have become the undisputed engines of national economies and the centers of global trade and investment. They sit on the front lines of disruptive forces like population migration, demographic transformation, economic restructuring, income inequality, and climate change... Read more