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[ News ] Posted on Wednesday, June 28, 2017 - 09:46
The Smart Cities Mission has the potential to be the blueprint for a new era of governance systems in the country. Photo: Indranil Bhowmik/Mint With the 26th UN-Habitat governing council conference (GC26) held last month, the new urban agenda (NUA) has once again come to the fore. As the world moves towards a globalized policy discourse, one wonders if the NUA is an improvement on the existing... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Tuesday, June 27, 2017 - 16:06
After a recent funding round, Beijing-based Ofo netted $450 million and joined the unicorn club of private companies valued at over $1 billion. Among its backers are ride-sharing giant Didi Chuxing and Jack Ma’s Ant Financial (part of Alibaba). Ofo operates in 80 cities around the world and its customers take 15 million trips every day. And it all began over a fried chicken lunch only three... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Tuesday, June 27, 2017 - 15:52
More than 331 US mayors representing 62 million Americans have signed up to the commitments of the Paris Climate Agreement through the Climate Mayors initiative. Co-founded by the mayor of Los Angeles, and the former mayors of Philadelphia and Houston three years ago, the number of cities in the network grew five-fold after President Trump withdrew the US from the Paris Climate Agreement earlier... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Tuesday, June 27, 2017 - 15:29
Stae wants to help local governments collect, manage and process data about their infrastructure. The company just raised $1.5 million from Story Ventures, Fontinalis Partners and Samsung Next. I first covered Stae back in April 2016. The vision hasn’t changed much, it’s all about preparing cities for the future and upgrading infrastructure by making it more efficient through technology. But... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Tuesday, June 27, 2017 - 12:38
This weekend will be held in the province of Mendoza National Urban Forum, as a result of the World Forum of Habitat 2016, meeting that every year establishes parameters to agree with the cities of the world, on urbanization as an investment and not as an expense, he opined The former mayor of Barcelona and executive director of UN Habitat, Joan Clos, who is in Argentina. The urban lifestyle has... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Tuesday, June 27, 2017 - 12:31
With urbanization being the major driver of the world’s changing climate brought about by global warming, Environment and Natural Resources Secretary Roy Cimatu urged ASEAN megacities and urbanized areas to “collectively and proactively work together to make urbanization as environmentally-sustainable as possible.” During the opening of the “R and D Congress on Sustainable Urbanization in the... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Friday, June 23, 2017 - 10:58
Beijing is the hub of a city cluster that could be home to 110 million people China’s rapid urbanisation has been a wonder of the world. But with that impressive growth have come challenges - including a lack of coordination between nearby cities. As development experts increasingly recognise, economies are more effective when cities form clusters to coordinate their use of resources and share... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Thursday, June 22, 2017 - 12:39
Our impressions of a city are formed mainly by the quality of public spaces. If they are not pleasant and preserved, or if they transmit a sense of insecurity, we will seldom return. Good planning of these spaces should be the rule, not the exception. In the series “Public Spaces,” we explore different aspects related to public spaces that determine our daily experience in cities. Among city... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Thursday, June 22, 2017 - 12:15
As the deadline nears for a widely watched assessment on the future of the United Nations’ lead agency on urbanization, some observers are expressing concern about the evaluation committee and its process. In April, U. N. Secretary-General António Guterres announced the composition of an eight-member panel of urbanists, mayors, housing activists and diplomats to study UN-Habitat, the Nairobi-... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Wednesday, June 21, 2017 - 15:34
Faced with pollution and rising sea levels, cities are setting targets at a record pace. Cities are increasingly moving ahead of countries in setting carbon-reduction goals and initiatives, according to a new report from banking giant HSBC. More than 2,500 cities have now listed climate-change pledges on the Non-State Actor Zone for Climate Action (NAZCA) portal launched as part of the 2014 ... Read more