Landau, L. B. & Gindrey V. ~ Migration And Population Trends: Gauteng Province 1996-2055

Home to Johannesburg and Pretoria, Gauteng is the centre of South Africa’s trade and transport networks. Responsible for close to 10% of the sub-Saharan Africa’s GDP, it attacks business and people from around the continent and further beyond. As a primary node on the air and road transport networks, the majority of immigrants to South Africa arrive in or pass through Gauteng Province.

This short paper summarises a variety of trends and concerns related to migration and other forms of human mobility in Gauteng Province. For present purposes, this includes most forms of international and domestic into, through, and out of the Province. (This report explicitly excludes movements associated with short-term tourism.) Although less politically visible than cross-border flows, this study finds that domestic migration (urbanisation and migration within the Province) has been and will continue to be the most significant and challenging form of mobility affecting Gauteng’s development trajectory. Given its brevity, this report is highlights only a limited number of migration’s real and potential impacts.

Read more: http://urbanlandmark.org.za/download/42_LandauGindrey.pdf

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BBC Documentary – Slums of India

An amazing documentary on the reality of the slums of India. BBC documentary.

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ASU Students Get Ready To Compete In Solar Decathlon

asu news. Students design, build solar-powered home for Southwest desert environment

A collaborative team of Arizona State University and University of New Mexico (UNM) students is set to participate in the 2013 U.S. Department of Energy’s Solar Decathlon. The international competition challenges student teams from institutions of higher education to design, construct and operate solar-powered houses that are functional, energy-efficient and attractive.

The team, called ASUNM, is one of only 20 from across the globe selected to compete in the biennial event, which takes place Oct. 3-13, at the Orange County Great Park in Irvine, Calif.

The team’s project, named SHADE – Solar Homes Adapting for Desert Equilibrium – is an adaptable 800-square-feet living space powered by solar panels and designed for an older, active couple.

Read more: https://asunews.asu.edu/Solar-Decathlon

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TEDCity2.0 (English)

TEDCity2.0 is a daylong event to surface stories of urban ingenuity and interdependence from across the globe, featuring an unexpected mix of over 20 speakers, including several 2012 City 2.0 Award winners. Coinciding with the TEDCity2.0 anchor event, TEDx communities worldwide will envision the cities of our future and share big ideas about collaborative action and sustainable solutions.

See morehttp://new.livestream.com/tedx/cityenglish/videos

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Urbanization In India 2003 – 2013

This video is an attempt to showcase the fast pace of urbanization in India in the past ten years (2003 – 2013). I have created the video using historical imagery from Google Earth. The selected location is at the outskirts of Mumbai on the Mumbai-Nasik highway. This region has seen the fastest and most intense development in the last ten years, mostly high-rise residential towers.
Rapid and unchecked development has also resulted in massive destruction of forest cover, mangroves and conversion of fertile agricultural land to build-able land. You can clearly see the drastic change between the years 2009 and 2011, when the residential development market peaked before the slowdown.
This stretch of highway between Mumbai and Nasik is undergoing massive urbanization with well-known developers on the scene now. The next phase of urban development is already taking place on these fringes and reminds me of the phenomenon of “Edge Cities” put forth by Joel Garreau.

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Housing Team – The Housing Crisis How We Did It: Tracking Affordable Housing

The Bureau of  Investigative Journalism. The Bureau is conducting a major investigation into Britain’s housing crisis.

The first phase, published in May, focused on the human and financial cost of rising levels of homelessness. It found that councils in the UK’s biggest cities spent almost £2bn on temporary accommodation, including B&Bs, in the past four years. It also revealed the extent to which London councils are re-housing vulnerable families outside their own borough boundaries, sometimes to boroughs on the outskirts of the capital or even beyond.

The second phase of work focuses on one of the root causes of the housing crisis: the shortage of affordable homes in the UK. The Bureau’s housing team – Nick Mathiason, Will Fitzgibbon, Victoria Hollingsworth, Jude McArdle and George Turner – aimed to track the levels of low cost housing being built and how this falls short of local requirements. To assess this three datasets were compiled:

• The number of affordable homes planned as part of the biggest housing developments in 12 of the UK’s largest cities. The total numbers of affordable homes planned are measured against their local authority’s targets for this type of housing.

• The number of affordable homes built in one of Europe’s largest housing developments: the Vauxhall, Nine Elms and Battersea Opportunity Area in central London, where plans for 16,000 new homes are at an advanced stage.

• The number of affordable homes scrapped from property developments after appeals against legal obligations to provide such housing.

Read more: http://www.thebureauinvestigates.com/how-we-did-it-tracking-affordable-housing/

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