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It's Time for Alter-Urbanization

Hung Vo | Posted 02.01.2017 | Green
Hung Vo

Our National Park Service recently granted us some comic relief to a tremendously challenging period in American history by tweeting climate change fa...

Urban Innovation: Will the Digitalization Create Sustainable Cities?

Niels B. Christiansen | Posted 10.31.2016 | Green
Niels B. Christiansen

Imagine a city. In the center, a brand-new supermarket has been equipped with digital solutions that constantly monitor the cooling systems' performan...

Here’s How The World Can Adapt To The Rapid Rise Of Cities

The Huffington Post | Kate Abbey-Lambertz | Posted 10.21.2016 | Home

Leaders from more than 150 countries came together this week to formalize a sweeping guide that charts a sustainable future for new and existing citie...

Fostering Sustainable Cities at Habitat III

Roberto Troya | Posted 10.17.2016 | Green
Roberto Troya

While conversations will focus on many issues surrounding the rapid urbanization of our planet, none are as important as clearly defining a path that will lead us closer to a sustainable and equitable urban future.

Building peaceful, just and inclusive societies in an increasingly urbanised world

Patrick Keuleers | Posted 10.10.2016 | Impact
Patrick Keuleers

On the left is Karial slum, one of the urban slums in Dhaka. One billion people-one out of three urban dwellers-are living in slum conditions (UN Phot...

Rising Temperatures Are Making Life in Tropical Cities Precarious for the Poor

Chandran Nair | Posted 12.19.2016 | Home
Chandran Nair

HONG KONG ― The numbers are in: NASA announced Monday that August 2016 was the hottest month ever recorded since global records began in 1880. Sever...

How Large-Scale Urbanization Changes The Future Of Food

John Mandyck | Posted 09.07.2016 | Green
John Mandyck

Sustainable urbanization is so intimately tied to food waste that you can't talk about one without the other. If we don't get it right, we might miss the most sustainable opportunity to feed our growing planet.

The World Is Completely Urbanized

Hung Vo | Posted 08.31.2016 | Green
Hung Vo

In 2008, the United Nations declared that the world passed an unprecedented, but silent, benchmark: for the first time in history, the world is more urban than it is rural.

Cities And Nature In The Age Of Urbanization

Pascal Mittermaier | Posted 06.30.2016 | Impact
Pascal Mittermaier

We are in the midst of one of the greatest human migrations that our world has ever seen -- that of humanity from rural areas into cities.

Watch Cities Spread Across The Planet Over 5,000 Years

The Huffington Post | Kate Abbey-Lambertz | Posted 06.18.2016 | Home

Cities have grown at such a rapid pace in the last few decades, it’s easy to forget that the world has been urbanizing for thousands of years. New ...

New York, Boston And D.C. Could Eventually Be One Gigantic City

The Huffington Post | Jenny Che | Posted 06.17.2016 | Business

The world’s population is moving into urban centers at a dizzying pace. An estimated 66 percent of people will live in cities by 2050. And as the n...

Feeding A Hungry Urban World

Dan Glickman | Posted 06.16.2016 | Politics
Dan Glickman

It's time to update what we know about global food security. Those familiar with the dialogue will know that the year 2050 marks an important threshold. By then, the planet will have swollen to nine billion people, and we'll have to dramatically increase food production in order to feed them.

Leaving No City Behind: Adapting Crisis Response to an Urbanizing World

Joan Clos | Posted 05.20.2016 | Impact
Joan Clos

Humanitarian crises increasingly play out in urban settings: some 85 percent of the 21 countries that have received the most humanitarian aid in the last three years have some of the highest global urbanization rates.

How rapid urbanisation is changing the profile of wildlife in cities

The Conversation Africa | Posted 05.16.2016 | Home
The Conversation Africa

Caroline Isaksson, Lund University and Petra Sumasgutner, University of Cape Town Globally, more people live in urban areas than in rural ones. Afric...

3 Issues We Can't Ignore If We're Going to Solve the Health Workforce Crisis

Pape Amadou Gaye | Posted 04.05.2016 | Impact
Pape Amadou Gaye

Today there is a global shortage of 7.2 million health workers. The World Health Organization and World Bank estimate that if we're to have any chance of attaining universal access to health care by 2030, we'll need to train and deploy 40-50 million new health and social care workers worldwide.

Europe, Youth and the New Urban Agenda

Hung Vo | Posted 03.23.2017 | Impact
Hung Vo

The music starts cautiously. Water is trickling out of a small source somewhere in the Czech mountains. Throughout the piece the small stream develops into a big river and the music becomes more and more energetic until it reaches its peak: the river Vltava finally reaches its destination.

Share The Word: Global Art Project Turns Slums Into Creative Hubs

Bibbi Abruzzini | Posted 03.15.2017 | Good News
Bibbi Abruzzini

Slums: crumbling overcrowded shanties, often a labyrinth of clichés in misery and inadequate housing. Locals and foreigners view slums as no trespass...

Putting the "Real" Into Sustainable Real-Estate: How One Tech Company is Positioned to Tackle a Trillion Dollar Opportunity

Mark Coleman | Posted 02.24.2017 | Green
Mark Coleman

Half of the world's 7.4 billion people live in cities. According to research by the United Nations, in 2050 more than 70% of the world's population (p...

The Urban Condition Is the Human Condition

Kim Samuel | Posted 02.08.2017 | Green
Kim Samuel

Measuring and understanding these challenges at the urban scale is our best hope for success in improving the quality of people's lives in the places that most people live. The time is now to work together to find innovative solutions for combating isolation and promoting environmental sustainability in tandem.

2016's Unhappy New Year of Risk

Dante Disparte | Posted 01.11.2017 | Business
Dante Disparte

Risk managers and decision makers may already have been inclined to think that 2016 will be a challenging year, but based on the degree of market turm...


Dante Disparte | Posted 12.21.2016 | Home
Dante Disparte

Since the turn of the century, more people live in cities than in rural areas. This profound shift in human habitation heralds a new era - one rife w...

Chinese Cities Will Not Become Greener Without a Decentralized and Smarter Taxation System

André Corrêa d'Almeida | Posted 11.22.2016 | Home
André Corrêa d'Almeida

In a recent visit to Xuzhou city, Jiangsu Province, a third tier Chinese city with nearly 10 million inhabitants and also a resource-exhausted city, we could not help but think what we would do and what we could achieve when facing the city's environmental and economic challenges.

Keeping Older Chinese Working

Michael Hodin | Posted 11.04.2016 | Fifty
Michael Hodin

China has officially lifted its one-child policy as part of their 13th Five Year Plan. The issue is whether the colossal demographic consequences on economic growth can find solutions.

Youth Engagement Necessary to Achieve Sustainable Urban Development

Hung Vo | Posted 10.31.2016 | Green
Hung Vo

A peculiar mix of people sat in an overcrowded lecture room at The New School this past weekend to participate in an Urban Lab, hosted by the United Nations Major Group for Children and Youth, that was part of the NYC Urban Thinkers Campus.

Cities, Inequality and the Common Good

Sheila Foster | Posted 10.30.2016 | Home
Sheila Foster

On his first visit to the United States, Pope Francis curiously chose to spend his time in three of our largest cities--New York City, Philadelphia, and Washington D.C. As a Pope deeply concerned with social and economic inequality, perhaps this was no coincidence.