Can COVID-19 inspire a new way of planning African cities?

Health crises are not new in Africa. The continent has grappled with infectious diseases on all levels, from local (such as malaria) to regional (Ebola) to global (COVID-19). The region has often carried a disproportionately ...

Australia must stop building homes in such fire-prone areas

Yesterday, the New South Wales government accepted all 76 recommendations from an independent inquiry into last summer's devastating bushfire season. Several recommendations called for increased hazard reduction, such as ...

Why urban density is good for health – even during a pandemic

Disease outbreaks shape our cities. Public health concerns have influenced some of the most iconic developments in urban planning. London's sewage systems were developed in response to cholera outbreaks in the 19th century. ...

If it's big enough and leafy enough the birds will come

A new study from the Cornell Lab of Ornithology highlights specific features of urban green spaces that support the greatest diversity of bird species. The findings were published today in the journal Landscape and Urban ...

How the pandemic could reshape Edmonton's urban landscape

Pandemics, infectious diseases and urban planning have a long and intertwined history. Multiple episodes of the Black Death in the 14th century brought parks and open spaces to European cities. Cholera outbreaks in the 19th ...

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