Urban Themes

[ News ] Posted on Friday, December 15, 2017 - 10:16
The urban poor have been too long ignored Africa is urbanising at an incredible rate, but its cities are not delivering the opportunities and better lives such dynamism deserves. Instead, slums are expanding, trapping their inhabitants in poverty and neglect. It doesn’t have to be this way. African cities can reform if the right policies and institutions are in place and supported. Over the next... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Friday, December 15, 2017 - 10:02
For more than a decade, the number of renter households in the U.S. has expanded year after year, sometimes by more than 1 million renters a year. This year, the explosion of renters in the wake of the foreclosure crisis has maybe, finally, begun to fade: For the first time since 2004, the number of renter households declined. Twelve years of growth has permanently transformed the housing... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Friday, December 15, 2017 - 09:59
To help cities better prepare for and respond to shocks and stresses to their water system, professional services firm Arup and The Rockefeller Foundation are set to launch a City Water Resilience Framework (CWRF). The application and testing of the framework will be done in cooperation with advisory group composed of members of the World Bank, the University of Massachusetts, the 100 Resilient... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Friday, December 15, 2017 - 09:44
A pair of studies from LSE suggests that developing countries are better off with smaller cities. When it comes to cities and urbanization, it is generally thought that bigger is better. But a pair of recent studies suggests that although industrialized nations may have benefitted from larger cities, the same is not true for the rapidly urbanizing areas of the developing world. In these parts of... Read more
[ Opportunities ] Posted on Friday, December 15, 2017 - 09:25
LSE Cities is seeking a Researcher to assist with the development of a system of indicators and undertake the respective data collection for 50-60 metropolises around the globe. The indicators will encompass the themes of Metropolitan Governance, Economic Development, Social Cohesion, Gender Equality, Sustainability, and Quality of Life. The framework should also adopt a gender perspective,... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Friday, December 15, 2017 - 09:20
The design of cities is a collaborative process, or at least it should be. Planning should be a process that engages communities and those tasked with designing places. However, some people are alienated by planning processes. Their experiences of planning are often abstract, complicated and occasionally baffling! At the World Design Summit in Montreal, I heard Jan Gehl, drawing on Jane Jacobs’... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Thursday, December 14, 2017 - 14:25
Urbanisation presents grave challenges to devolved governments. The World Bank estimates that less than 50 per cent of residents of informal settlements have access to reasonable quality of water and sanitation services. 80 per cent rely on energy sources that are harmful to their health, 60-70 per cent are unable to afford proper health services while unemployment stands at 70 per cent. Such a... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Thursday, December 14, 2017 - 12:46
The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) has partnered with city mayors from all over the world to mobilise more than $1.5 billion in urban investment to help combat climate change. The bank announced this week a partnership with the Global Covenant of Mayors for Climate & Energy (GCMCE), which is an international alliance of more than 7,500 cities and local governments... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Thursday, December 14, 2017 - 12:46
Moving about a city not only drains valuable time and energy, but also contributes a large share of greenhouse gas emissions. Estimates show that the United States economy loses over $120 billion a year due to traffic congestion and that this congestion contributes to 27 percent of the country’s carbon dioxide emissions. The Center for Economics and Business Research predicts that these costs... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Thursday, December 14, 2017 - 11:57
What are the social implications of rapid population growth in less developed countries? Through most of history, the human population has lived a rural lifestyle, dependent on agriculture and hunting for survival. In 1800, only 3 percent of the world's population lived in urban areas. By 1900, almost 14 percent were urbanites, although only 12 cities had 1 million or more inhabitants. In 1950,... Read more

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