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How Kenya is harnessing geothermal energy to power its growing economy

Verdant hills stretch into the distance at Hell’s Gate National Park, where zebras, buffaloes, antelopes, baboons and other wildlife roam an idyllic …

The 11 cities most likely to run out of drinking water - like Cape Town

<b>Cape Town is in the unenviable situation of being the first major city in the modern era to face the threat of running out of drinking water.</b><p>However, the plight of the drought-hit South African city is just one extreme example of a problem that experts have long been warning about - water …

Cape Town

How The Hood Incubator Is Empowering People Of Color In Cannabis

Through a new partnership with Eaze, the Hood Incubator hopes to go national in its pursuit of social and racial equity in the marijuana industry.<p>In late 2016, Ebele Ifedigbo knew California was on the verge of legalizing recreational marijuana. So with barely $2,000 in hand, Ifedigbo—along with …

Indian population is growing much faster in the north – and the south is paying the price

The disparity in the rate of population growth could reshape the country politically, economically and culturally.<p>That India has a population problem …

This Map Shows Commuting Times Across The Entire Planet

A new map reveals how long it takes to get to the world’s cities–an important indicator for the economic health of any community.<p>Despite the fact that incredibly fast adoption of cell phones and internet access are helping close the gap of inequality and poverty, it’s not enough. The United …

How 74 economies have performed this century

China has had an unsurprising economic century, churning out billionaires, slashing poverty and seeking to dominate ever-more industries of the …

Economics

South Africa’s Very Own David Brooks

Jonathan Jansen. Image by Penn State University, via Flickr.comJonathan Jansen’s celebrity has always struck me as a bit of a throwback in …

South Africa

If We Want A More Equal World, We Need To Dispel These 5 Economic Myths

Otherwise, social unrest will continue to escalate, and we'll face a bleak future.<p>HONG KONG ― Many of the economic development ideas the West believed to be long-held truths and major Western contributions to modernity no longer seem so accurate. From the unorthodox rise of China and the increasing …

Anyone who wants to be president needs to understand these 5 maps

Maps shape how we see the world.<p>But most of the maps hanging on our walls are dangerously incomplete because they emphasize political borders rather than functional connections.<p>The world has less than 500,000 kilometers of borders.<p>By comparison, it has 64 million km of highways, 4 million km of …

Globalization

Happy 100th birthday, Jane Jacobs! It’s time to stop deifying you.

Wednesday is the 100th birthday of Jane Jacobs, the journalist and urban theorist whose 1961 book, <i>The Death and Life of Great American Cities</i>, …

Luxury Developments Are Creating Cities In Cities. That’s Not A Good Thing

Waterline Square, a five-acre development on Manhattan’s West Side, ups the ante for residential perks.<p>New York City is in the midst of an affordable housing crisis, but there’s no shortage of luxury developments inching their way to completion. Marquee architects like Herzog and de Meuron, Bjarke …

Mapping The 6,000-Year History Of The City

<b>New map and video show that urbanization is not as modern a concept as you might think.</b><p>When talking about <i>Science and the City</i>, I’m often asked about the earliest days of urbanization – when and where did we build the first ‘proper’ city? What influence did those early settlements have on their …

Urban Planning

Design Is Better Than Enforcement To Make Cities Safer For Everyone

Ticketing drivers isn’t the answer to create streets that are friendly for pedestrians and cyclists.<p>Much as cyclists might like to see bad drivers punished for their distracted driving and their bike-harassing crimes, enforcement isn’t the most effective way to make the streets safer. The best way …

Roads

Can India Urbanize Both Fast (As It Is Doing) and Successfully? | Smart Cities Dive

<i>This year's CONNECTKaro conference focused on how Indian cities like Bangalore (pictured) can use technology for smarter development given the</i> …

What If Urban Sprawl Is the Only Realistic Way to Create Affordable Cities?

Building suburbs makes cities more affordable than building towers, according to research released Wednesday<p>Building sprawling suburbs is better at making cities affordable than building tall towers, according to research released Wednesday. Environmentalists, urban planners and economists are …

Urban Design

China's Cities Are Not Really As Big As They Seem

It seems like a given that we understand what a city is. Of course, cities are urbanized areas of concrete and steel, tall buildings, a high density of houses and people, and streets full of shops, pedestrians, bicycles and cars. However, in China it’s a little different. “City” is an …

How Rebuilding After The Nepalese Earthquakes Taught Me To Manage Work Crises

Volunteering for a disaster-relief effort taught one executive valuable lessons in crisis management.<p>Sloane Menkes is no stranger to crises.<p>The former U.S. Air Force first lieutenant and current global crisis center leader for PricewaterhouseCoopers helps clients deal with situations that disrupt …

The geography of inequality: Segregation is normalized but must be put to an end

Silence on an economic crisis: “American Apartheid” and the worsening conditions of poor U.S. cities<p>On television, Philadelphia played a largely meaningless backdrop to the Democratic National Convention.<p>“My friends, we've come to Philadelphia — the birthplace of our nation—because what happened in …

Augmented Urban Reality

In their book “The Intellectual Versus the City,” published in 1962, Morton and Lucia White pointed out that from Thomas Jefferson to Ralph Waldo Emerson to Frank Lloyd Wright, America’s brainiac class has generally regarded cities with fear and distaste. Here was one instance at least in which …

A World Mapped According To Wealth Looks Very Different

Any map of the world shows what it looks like by land size.<p>They simply don't capture how much power individual countries wield, financially or …

United States

India's alcohol problem: state plays politics with its biggest source of revenue

A couple of mornings a week, 25-year-old Babu Girish can be found in one of Hosur’s local grog shops. He’s partial to a mid-morning breakfast of …

Jane Jacobs Was Right About What Makes A Great City And Mobile Phone Data Proves It

Mixed use neighborhoods with dense streets create the “sidewalk ballet” that the famous urban theorist envisioned 100 years ago.<p>In her 1961 book <i>The Death and Life of Great American Cities</i>, the urban theorist and author Jane Jacobs wrote about what makes cities dynamic, safe, and humane. Responding …

Urban Design

Nine Reasons Dubai Could Be The Most Important City Of The 21st Century

Some cities seem to encapsulate a particular moment in time. Dubai, right now, seems to represent three moments, one more important than the other two. First, one of the last gasps of the oil culture; second, the rise of business as a way to govern society. And third, and most significantly, the …

Income Tax

Afrofuturism: reimagining science and the future from a black perspective

By examining ‘race as a technology’, panelists discussed how Afrofuturism reclaims ownership over black identity with art, culture and political resistance<p>Given the frequency with which we see black people in the United States being killed or attacked by police for protesting, it’s no surprise that …

Rachel Dolezal

How China Wants to Rate Its Citizens

For a time in my first-grade classroom at Xingqiao Elementary School, in Chongqing, in the late nineteen-eighties, there was an initiative called “the Stars of Xingqiao.” One of the school’s co-principals had come up with the idea to instill in our seven-year-old hearts the ambition to be “better …

Piketty in South Africa

The French economist Thomas Piketty’s visit to South Africa began with some bad luck. Because he did not have two blank pages in his passport, he was not allowed to board his flight from Paris, and he missed the lecture he was due to give at the University of Cape Town. As the audience waited for a …

South Africa

The Entire Career Of Miles Davis Plays Out In This Amazing Interactive Timeline

From before the Birth of the Cool to after he explored the sound of the streets, and everything in between, in one easy timeline.<p>The career of Miles Davis spans decades. The trumpeter got his start by chasing down Charlie Parker on the streets of New York as an 18-year-old student at Julliard in …

Flute

Megacities Might Not Save the Planet After All

You learn to put up with a lot when you live in Mexico State. The electricity is always going out, and there’s never enough running water. Commutes …

A CITYSCAPES | AFRICAN CENTRE FOR CITIES PROJECT

PART 1<p>Alfonso Louw sometimes tells a wry joke when introducing himself. “Hello, I’m a primary school principal,” he says. “What kind of superhero are …

Education