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Urbanization

The Urban Condition Is the Human Condition

Kim Samuel | Posted 02.08.2016 | 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 01.12.2016 | 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...

Cities@Risk

Dante Disparte | Posted 12.21.2015 | World
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 11.24.2015 | World
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 11.06.2015 | 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 11.04.2015 | 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 11.02.2015 | World
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.

The Middle Class Are Urbanizing at a Rapid Speed, Can the Global Food System Keep Up? Is Reducing Food Waste the Key?

Marc Van Ameringen | Posted 10.05.2015 | Impact
Marc Van Ameringen

Between 2010 and 2025 one billion people earning more than $10 a day will move from rural areas into a city.

Making Chinese Cities Smarter: Leapfrogging Intra-city Transport Development with 'Big Data'

André Corrêa d'Almeida | Posted 10.01.2015 | World
André Corrêa d'Almeida

The period 2015/2016 is unique and remarkable for the development prospects of China. First, last week China took part in the UN global summit regarding the adoption of 17 sustainable development goals for the next 15 years.

Quiet Is Crucial to Your Health: The Dangers of Urban Noise

Carrie Sturrock | Posted 09.17.2015 | Healthy Living
Carrie Sturrock

Because of increasing urbanization, noise pollution will only worsen and affect more people. The U.S. National Prevention Strategy -- tasked with increasing the number of healthy Americans through wellness and prevention -- can put noise on the national health policy agenda.

Can China's One-Child Policy Enforcers Transform Rural Education?

The Huffington Post | Matt Sheehan | Posted 10.12.2015 | World

This article is the first in a What’s Working series that looks at innovative policy solutions pioneered by the Rural Education Action Program, ...

Mauritania: Scholar Warns of "Implosion" Unless Leadership Embraces Change

Till Bruckner | Posted 08.18.2015 | World
Till Bruckner

I spoke with Amadou Sall, a lecturer of social anthropology at the University of Nouakchott and leading member of the Mauritanie Perspectives think tank, about politics, social change and the prospects for democracy in this rapidly changing West African nation.

The Key to Humanity's Future? Asian Cities

John Rossant | Posted 06.30.2015 | World
John Rossant

The rise of cities in Asia will go on to define the world as we know it. Therefore, it is essential for city leaders in these areas of rapid urban growth to take active measures to curb and solve problems, because if these problems are not addressed now, they will only worsen in the future.

How Is Urbanization in Africa Affecting Real Estate?

Kian Moini | Posted 05.28.2015 | Business
Kian Moini

According to the United Nations, by 2030, Africa and Asia will have higher numbers of urban dwellers than any other major area of the world.

How Localizing Is the Key To Our Urban Future

Michael Sorkin | Posted 05.19.2015 | World
Michael Sorkin

NEW YORK -- Ironically, in this era of exponential growth, we are witnessing the disappearance of cities. Our urbanism is becoming increasingly generic -- a Starbucks on every corner and an iPhone in every palm. We can do better.

The Things That Aren't On the Syllabus

Luis Maria R. Calingo | Posted 06.10.2015 | College
Luis Maria R. Calingo

Educators today are preparing our students for jobs and careers that do not yet exist, using technologies and solutions that have not yet been invented, to solve problems that society does not yet recognize as problems.

Entrepreneurialism and National Security

Daniel Wagner | Posted 05.25.2015 | Business
Daniel Wagner

Entrepreneurs play an important role in national economic health and economic competitiveness. What is less recognized, and becoming increasingly important, is the role entrepreneurs also play in national security.

Smart Growth Takes Root in the Middle East

Anna Clark | Posted 04.28.2015 | Green
Anna Clark

Dubai's smart growth investments are expected to produce substantial economic returns. Dubai recently won the bid to host World Expo 2020, which is estimated to contribute $40 billion to the UAE economy and catalyze more investment in Dubai.

Matt Sheehan

39 Hours Inside The Biggest Human Migration On Earth

HuffingtonPost.com | Matt Sheehan | Posted 02.26.2015 | World

Looking across this sea of anxious faces, it’s easy to forget this is a holiday. Knotted brows frame weary eyes in a crowd as deep as a football fie...

18 Outstanding Young Photographers From The Arab World

HuffPost Tunisia | Aymen Gharbie | Posted 01.23.2015 | Arts

“Close to here: Young Photographers from North Africa and the Middle East” is an exhibition comprised of 18 young photographers from 10 Arab count...

Mass Urbanization Could Save the Environment If We Do it Right

Ruth DeFries | Posted 03.14.2015 | World
Ruth DeFries

The opportunities are immense for our urban existence to benefit the planet. Re-wilded places can filter water, store carbon, provide homes for other species and carry out the multitude of other benefits that nature provides. They can provide solace from urban life and places to recreate.

Contextualizing Approaches to Urbanization

David Adjaye | Posted 02.09.2015 | Arts
David Adjaye

The city is a perpetually incomplete project; it is constantly being remade and reshaped by the changing state of our world, whether by the interventions of its governing bodies or the powerful actions of its residents. Architecture can and must speak to this adaptability, as both a technology and reflection of social change.

Urbanization and the Good News About World Poverty

Wendell Cox | Posted 02.08.2015 | World
Wendell Cox

Over the past two centuries, standards of living have risen strongly and poverty has been reduced, especially in the more developed world. Cities are much of the difference, as they have attracted rural residents to the jobs made possible by technological advancements.

Kathleen Miles

These Photos Capture A Dwindling Chinese Village With Only One Baby

HuffingtonPost.com | Kathleen Miles | Posted 12.01.2014 | World

DA PING, China -- Tucked away high in the mountains of northwestern China is Da Ping, a village of about 20 residents, many of them elderly. There use...

Matt Sheehan

Guerrilla Theater: China's Migrant Workers Get Political Onstage

HuffingtonPost.com | Matt Sheehan | Posted 09.12.2014 | World

BEIJING -- For a nominally socialist country, China has many of the trappings of a capitalist paradise. With independent unions banned and the hundred...