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How to Make Local and National Governments Work Together : A Big Idea to Tackle Climate Change | FUTURE CAPE TOWN

The coming Habitat III proposal : National Urban Policy Commissions, seen as being a potential solution to apply a multi-level governance to tackle climate change.

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Why cities should learn from nature : The case for biomimicry | FUTURE CAPE TOWN

Can cities learn from nature? Shannon Royden-Turner unpacks the principles of biomimicry as a way to effectively and sustainably move cities forward.

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The future of city energy systems : Beyond minimising energy use | FUTURE CAPE TOWN

New York City’s 10-year plan to improve the energy efficiency by reducing building-based emissions 30% by 2025

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No. 1 Worst City to Live In: Damascus

Civil unrest and war has left this historic city and its residents facing serious humanitarian challenges. War is also threatening the architectural history that still stands strong in stone in the Ancient City of Damascus. Most of the violence has affected the outskirts of the city, however, important world history remains in danger as long as political instability continues.

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No. 1 Best City to Live in: Melbourne

Find out how this city caters to its citizens. Amongst other things, it has successfully shifted the CBD from being more car orientated to pedestrian-friendly, with creative laneways that are populated with covert boutiques, famed restaurants, hole-in-the-wall cafes and vibrant bars.

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Protecting Lagos’ Threatened Ecosystems

Man versus Nature – As Lagos keeps growing and threatening the wetlands and forests how will this affect the ecosystems?

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Urban farms in Lagos – a feasible proposal?

Urban farming is a great idea. It is one way to address with land, agriculture and food security, but how can it be implemented in a city like Lagos. Tolu Ogulesi starts to look at solutions to this predicament.

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WATCH: Why cities need a vision?

“The future of cities is essential to the future of nature on earth.” says ecologist Eric Sanderson.

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Cape Town receives honourable mention at World Green Building awards

Cape Town has received an honourable mention at the World Green Building Council, Government Leadership Awards, held in conjunction with the UN Climate Change talks, COP19 in Warsaw.

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Bold City: A Bold Vision for Princess Vlei

Bold Idea: Prevent the building of a mall and transforming Princess Vlei into a successful public space. Central to this bold idea is engagement with all stakeholders, including the local communities, professionals, government, and developing a single goal for all parties for the design and use of the vlei. This is a bold idea because such convergence is sadly rare in South Africa.