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[ News ] Posted on Wednesday, May 2, 2018 - 14:42
Autonomous vehicles are coming and they have the potential to radically better our lives. But to reap the rewards of this new technology, we first have to adapt the world to its requirements. This means preparing the way for massive engineering projects that will introduce the latest generation of mobile networks into our cities. As future autonomous vehicles become safer and more efficient,... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Wednesday, May 2, 2018 - 14:40
Sometimes it takes leaving and returning home to realize what it is that truly makes us tick. Luisa Santos grew up in Miami and returned there after graduating from Amherst College. She got to work as program coordinator for an environmental service-learning program, and also got connected with the Miami Climate Alliance, a coalition of environmental organizations. “I think it was actually in... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Wednesday, May 2, 2018 - 12:45
Downtown signifies a city’s greater brand or identity. When you visit a new city, where do you go? How do you learn and get acclimated? Where is the economic, cultural and civic center? Chances are you turn to the city’s natural hub – the downtown. Downtowns have historically been the regional epicenter; they’ve evolved into vibrant city centers; and if we are thoughtful and strategic, they hold... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Wednesday, May 2, 2018 - 11:15
"Before I see change in cities I want to see change in UN-Habitat to make sure it is relevant"   LONDON - With cities facing their fastest growth ever, the head of the United Nations' agency for urban development is on a mission - to revitalise the organisation and ensure people, particularly women, are central to future planning. Maimunah Mohd Sharif, the former mayor of Penang who took up the... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Wednesday, May 2, 2018 - 11:12
Digital security is particularly acute for cities, which hold reams of valuable personal data and makes citizens and local governments valuable victims BONN, Germany - With a few clicks of his mouse, and helped a little by the fact that the person he was targeting had no password, Thomas Stasch quickly hacked into the home system of a stranger in Germany. But then, seconds before plunging the... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Wednesday, May 2, 2018 - 11:06
"We're seeing an incredible momentum for action in cities" BONN, Germany - Cities, which produce about 70 percent of carbon emissions, are driving green reforms and will be key to tackling climate change, the United Nations' climate chief said on Thursday. Their contribution to global warming could rise as two-thirds of the world will live in cities by 2050, up from about half now, the United... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Thursday, April 26, 2018 - 15:35
The Cold War gave birth to the national highway system and the internet and, in earlier times, economic competitiveness motivated the building of the US system of canals and the laying of the nation’s rail lines. All were products of government forethought and action. Even though a massive upfront investment in treasure made these projects possible, the government expected and even encouraged... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Thursday, April 26, 2018 - 15:28
Good things happen when conversations about shaping a city’s economy are more representative of those who live in cities, according to a new study from the Urban Institute, released today. The Columbus Partnership launched in 2002, bringing together over 60 CEOs in the Ohio capital to engage with projects and organizations from the city that typically struggle with capacity and funding. Together... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Wednesday, April 25, 2018 - 16:30
“Let me add to the complexity of the situation we find ourselves in: At the same time we’re solving for climate change, we’re going to be building cities for 3 billion people,” said the urban designer Peter Calthorpe at the beginning of his talk at TED 2017. By 2050, he said, we will see the urban population double, and if we don’t manage to sustainably and practically build to accommodate that... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Tuesday, April 24, 2018 - 16:01
Smart cities, digital cities, virtual cities, connected cities. Are these just trendy buzzwords? Perhaps. But these types of cities are supported by the infrastructure that is more than bricks and mortar. These cities are smart (thoughtful, people-centric), digital (driven by data acquisition, measured, analyzed and sometimes exchanged) and virtual (experiential). And, as a result, they are... Read more