Tagged: cities

Forty years of change in the jobs Kiwis do and the places they call home - FutureworkNZ

Guest Author Oct 17, 2019

Judy Kavanagh Over the last 40 years, New Zealanders – and people in other countries – have experienced big changes in the jobs they do and where they live and work. These changes include: a decline in manufacturing jobs an increase in jobs in ‘information-intensive’ industries (which are better paid and require a tertiary qualification) increasing participation of women in … Read More

Peak State? - Ariadne

Robert Hickson Oct 06, 2017

Are we approaching “peak State”, where the power of diverse nation states starts to decline back toward greater power being held by large cities or culturally or religiously more homogeneous regions? Catalonians and Iraqi Kurds voted in independence referenda this last week. In contrast to Scotland’s and the UK’s Brexit referenda a few years … Read More

Reengineering elevators could transform 21st-century cities - Guest Work

Guest Author Aug 09, 2017

By Antony Wood, Illinois Institute of Technology and Dario Trabucco, Università Iuav di Venezia In the 160 or so years since the first skyscrapers were built, technological innovations of many kinds have allowed us to build them to reach astonishing heights. Today there is a 1,000-meter (167-story) building under construction in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. Even … Read More

Go native: why we need ‘wildlife allotments’ to bring species back to the ‘burbs - Guest Work

Guest Author Jan 11, 2017

By Lizzy Lowe, University of Auckland and Margaret Stanley, University of Auckland As urban populations around the globe skyrocket and the demand for housing grows, space is increasingly at a premium in cities. Unfortunately, despite some notable efforts to include green space in cities, native wildlife is not often a priority for urban planners, despite research … Read More

Cycling and walking in six NZ cities: Where are we at? - Public Health Expert

Public Health Expert Sep 04, 2016

Dr Caroline Shaw, Dr Marie Russell On-road cycle lane Wellington. Photo credit: Jenny Ombler. Active transport is important for health and sustainability. But no one has previously looked systematically at how NZ cities support cycling and walking. Therefore, a new study has been performed and is now published online. This blog reports its main findings. Walking and cycling for … Read More

Climate change adaptation in global megacities protects wealth – not people - Guest Work

Guest Author Mar 01, 2016

Lucien Georgeson, UCL and Mark Maslin, UCL Cities across the world are increasingly at risk from climate change. People living in extreme poverty are especially vulnerable, both because global warming will tend to hit developing countries the hardest, and because they have less money to throw at the problem. We used newly-available data to investigate how … Read More

Does centrality still give status? - The Dismal Science

Eric Crampton Nov 17, 2015

Robin Hanson wonders whether cities are places for high-status men and the women who seek them, with low-status men relegated to the hinterlands: I’ve heard that polygamous sects are often run this way today, with older men kicking out young men when they come of age. But re-reading Montaillou on rural 1300 France makes me realize that humanity has … Read More

Adventures in the Anthropocene - Hot Topic

Bryan Walker Jul 28, 2014

Science journalist Gaia Vince left her desk at Nature and spent two years visiting places around the world, some of them very isolated, where people were grappling with the conditions of what is sometimes described as a new epoch, the Anthropocene. It dates from the industrial revolution and represents a different world from the relatively […] … Read More