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Looking to Sustainable Cities as Key to Smart Future

February 25, 2016 - in Corporate, Planning

The world is entering an age of urbanization. Every year more people relocate to cities, creating new challenges around affordable housing, transport congestion, access to jobs and environmental impacts. Even though Australia is the planet’s sixth largest…

Urban Labs Initiative Seeks Solutions for World’s Urban Challenges

March 11, 2015 - in Corporate, Modeling, Planning

March 11, 2015—The University of Chicago is creating a new network of five Urban Labs to address some of the world’s most daunting urban problems…

Tracking Global Urbanization

June 20, 2014 - in Analysis, Corporate

The Atlas of Urban Expansion, a critical online resource for data and images tracking global urbanization, will be updated and expanded in a new 2015…

Guardian Cities Explores Our Urban Past, Present and Future

January 28, 2014 - in Uncategorized

We are bombarded with statistics about the future of cities these days, as fast as the cities themselves are growing. More than half of the world's population now live in a city, with the number of urban residents increasing by 60 million each year – that's…

Changing the Model for Sustainable City Building

January 8, 2014 - in Planning, Smart Cities

Getting a glimpse of Yangon's new urban planning infrastructure was an eye opener to me. They had brought in Japanese contractors and financiers who had adopted a copy-paste approach to rebuilding Yangon, Myanmar. They will be implementing an ordinary urban…

Increasing Calls to Foster Biodiversity in World’s Cities

January 7, 2014 - in Environment

The portion of the planet characterized as urban is on track to triple from 2000 to 2030—that is, we are already almost halfway there. Meanwhile, 17 percent of the 800 or so North American bird species are in decline, and all 20 species on the Audubon Society’s…

Chicago’s LakeSim Prototype Connects Planning with Scientific Models

August 14, 2013 - in Planning, Projects, Water

Rapid urbanization around the world is leading to the construction of real estate developments at a scale and pace far beyond human experience. Among these efforts is Chicago Lakeside Development, a 600-acre development on the coast of Lake Michigan on the…

Urban Planners Eye China’s Cities

June 24, 2013 - in Planning

China's rapidly growing built environment is inspiring urban planners to develop new ways of thinking, said Mark Harrison, head of urban planning in Asia Pacific at the United Kingdom's engineering consultancy Atkins. "I think there are so many new ideas being…

Transforming Slums by Supporting Them

May 28, 2013 - in Planning

Most urban growth takes place in existing cities, not new ones, and mostly in small- and medium-sized cities. The dominant form of planning is feet and facts on the ground, not color-coded zones on the Master Plan (if it exists). Most city growth is informal,…

Why America's Population Density is Falling

May 8, 2013 - in Analysis

We know that the population of the US is rising, and we know that the population of the US is also becoming increasingly urban. As a result, urban density — the number of people per square mile — has to be going up. And yet, if you calculate density the…