Cities for the people

Cities for the people

Singapore has implemented what Jan Gehl calls “human-scale design.” The bottom-up design of neighborhoods empowers citizens and emphasizes diversity, thereby preventing the emergence of poverty ghettoes through mixed-income housing, along with access to high-quality public transport, health, and education.

Facebook’s Ad System Might Be Hard-Coded for Discrimination

Facebook’s Ad System Might Be Hard-Coded for Discrimination

A new study from researchers at Northeastern University, University of Southern California, and the nonprofit Upturn finds ad delivery —the Facebook algorithms that decide exactly which users see those ads—may be just as important.

#BuildBetterBefore to save lives and strengthen economies

#BuildBetterBefore to save lives and strengthen economies

This means working with communities to repair, strengthen, and improve the homes of the poor to make them resilient enough to survive disasters. The Global Program for Resilient Housing is helping governments retrofit and strengthen homes before the next disaster strikes.

Facebook Changes Its Ad Tech to Stop Discrimination

Facebook Changes Its Ad Tech to Stop Discrimination

Facebook Changes Its Ad Tech to Stop Discrimination Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg/Getty Images On Tuesday, Facebook reached a historic settlement with civil rights groups that had accused the company of allowing advertisers to unlawfully discriminate against minorities, women, and older people by using the platform’s ad-targeting technology to exclude them from seeing ads for housing, jobs, and credit—three areas with legal protections for groups that have historically been disenfranchised.

The Wretched, Climate-Killing Truth About American Sprawl

The Wretched, Climate-Killing Truth About American Sprawl

Suggestions of specific policies that would enable a Green New Deal to address land use have already emerged: We could, simply, measure greenhouse gases from our transportation system or build more housing closer to jobs centers.

The Green New Deal Shows How Grand Climate Politics Can Be

The Green New Deal Shows How Grand Climate Politics Can Be

The Green New Deal Shows How Grand Climate Politics Can Be Alex Edelman/CNP/AP If it’s hard to imagine the sweeping changes proposed in the “Green New Deal” actually happening, don’t blame the Green New Deal.

Cities Are Tucking Climate Change Fixes Into New Laws

Cities Are Tucking Climate Change Fixes Into New Laws

“There are liberals or progressives who oppose climate change, but they definitely don’t want that multifamily apartment building to go up next to transit if it’s in their neighborhood.” That’s what Wiener says he found in his initial efforts to link development and transit in California last year.

The Future of Work: The Trustless, by Ken Liu

The Future of Work: The Trustless, by Ken Liu

I don’t know anything about her except that she and her family live across the hall from me, six people in a one-­bedroom.“Enjoying the fresh air?” I ask, more out of politeness than interest.“Sure,” she says, brushing her long black hair behind her ears and scooching aside to let me pass.

Why do people live in flood-prone areas? Reflections from Dar es Salaam

Why do people live in flood-prone areas? Reflections from Dar es Salaam

“They should not be there; they know it’s not safe!” Citizens, journalists, and policymakers, express disbelief that people relocated to safer parts of the city return to their former, flood-prone neighborhoods.

Amazon’s HQ2 Hunger Games Are Over, and Jeff Bezos Won

Amazon’s HQ2 Hunger Games Are Over, and Jeff Bezos Won

Amazon’s HQ2 Hunger Games Are Over, and Jeff Bezos WonMark Lennihan/APAfter a 14-month search, Amazon announced Tuesday that it will open a pair of regional offices in two major metropolitan areas where it already has a presence: the Long Island City neighborhood of Queens, a borough of New York, and Arlington, Virginia, just outside Washington DC.The decision comes after more than 230 cities submitted bids to be home of the Seattle-based company’s highly anticipated second headquarters, which originally promised to employ 50,000 white-collar workers.

Races to Watch on Election Night 2018

Races to Watch on Election Night 2018

For Republicans, it’s an opportunity to press forward on reforms to healthcare and tax policy that evaded them in the first two years of the Trump presidency.This election also comes at a critical time for the tech industry, when members of both parties are beginning to challenge the dominance of companies like Facebook, Google, Amazon, and Apple.

Building better before the next disaster: How retrofitting homes can save lives and strengthen economies

Building better before the next disaster: How retrofitting homes can save lives and strengthen economies

Building better before the next disaster: How retrofitting homes can save lives and strengthen economies Governments at times do not have the knowledge they need to take advantage of the retrofitting option; nor are there policies and incentives in place to start making homes safer at scale.

3 Dire Visions of the Bay Area in 2070—and 1 That's Pretty Great

3 Dire Visions of the Bay Area in 2070—and 1 That's Pretty Great

Low-income people rely on an informal economy to survive.Three: “Rust Belt West”, a place dominated by anti-business sentiment, economic decline, and social inclusion, meaning politicians and institutions work hard to support workers, the middle class, and the poor.

Building housing on flood plains another sign of growing inequality

Building housing on flood plains another sign of growing inequality

Yet all parties involved in housing know that cities are facing more rainfall and flooding due to climate change. However, the waterfront area still remains a flood plain, and is still affected by storm surges associated with climate change.

Houses claimed by the canal: life on Egypt's climate change frontline | Ruth Michaelson

Houses claimed by the canal: life on Egypt's climate change frontline | Ruth Michaelson

“The water is an excuse for the government to relocate people,” says Ali Abdel Rahman, a 63-year-old fisherman who sits inside the small blue-and-white-painted hut where he stores his fishing equipment.