UN-HABITAT: World Urban Forum 4 – Theme: Harmonious Urbanization: The Challenge of Balanced Territorial Development

“World Urban Forum 4 will be held in Nanjing, China on 03 – 06 November 2008

The World Urban Forum was established by the United Nations to examine one of the most pressing issues facing the world today: rapid urbanization and its impact on communities, cities, economies and policies. It is projected that in the next fifty years, two-thirds of humanity will be living in towns and cities. A major challenge is to minimize burgeoning poverty in cities, improve the urban poor’s access to basic facilities such as shelter, clean water and sanitation and achieve environment-friendly, sustainable urban growth and development.”

SOURCE: UN-HABITAT.:. World Urban Forum | Theme: Harmonious Urbanization: The Challenge of Balanced Territorial Development.

The Ground Floor: Best of the Best: ULI’s Global Awards for Excellence Winners

Five outstanding developments were announced today at ULI’s 2008 fall meeting as the winners of ULI’s Global Awards for Excellence competition, widely recognized as the land use industry’s most prestigious recognition program.

read more @ the SOURCE: The Ground Floor: Best of the Best: ULI’s Global Awards for Excellence Winners.

Thousands move from B.C. cities

A new analysis of migration patterns inside B.C. upsets the notion that small-town folks are increasingly flocking to big cities.

While the main destination for new arrivals from other countries or provinces is Metro Vancouver, a five-year study of census data by BC Stats shows a trend in the opposite direction for those moving around within the province.

SOURCE: BCLocalNews.com – Community News Papers from across BC Online.

BDP to prepare master plan for Károlyi project

The new master plan for the Károlyi István City Centre in Újpest will be completed this month, with the investor commissioning BDP, Europe’s largest architectural design studio, for the task.

Read more @ the SOURCE: Napi Online.

Neighborhood Greenness Has Long Term Positive Impact on Kids’ Health

In the first study to look at the effect of neighborhood greenness on inner city children’s weight over time, researchers from the Indiana University School of Medicine, Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis and the University of Washington report that higher neighborhood greenness is associated with slower increases in children’s body mass over a two year period, regardless of residential density.

SOURCE: Indiana University – Neighborhood greenness has long term positive impact on kids’ health.

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