News and Events Latest stories, evidence of impact, media information

[ News ] Posted on Monday, July 8, 2019 - 17:35
International databases with data on metropolitan areas are very limited. Metropolis (World Association of the Major Metropolises) has just taken a first step to fill out this gap, with the launch of its Metropolitan Indicators last June in Barcelona.  Resulting from a pioneering comparative research on 69 members of the association, the 38 metropolitan indicators unleash new empirical insights,... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Monday, July 8, 2019 - 12:44
The urge to build cities from scratch is not new – but this time they are being conceived by private multinational corporations as gilt-edged tax-exempt gated communities At 8.30 every morning, an announcement is piped though a speaker in the ceiling of Kim Jong-won’s apartment, barking the daily bulletin in a high-pitched voice. The disembodied broadcaster details new parking measures, issues... Read more
[ Event ] Posted on Monday, July 8, 2019 - 12:24
Over the past decade, robust economic growth and capital influx have been powering the Southeast Asia real estate market; urban construction becomes an important mission for the most of countries in Southeast Asia. In recent years, more and more mixed use projects are being developed in cities of Singapore, Thailand, Malaysia, and Indonesia etc. Among these cities, the rapid growth of Kuala... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Monday, July 8, 2019 - 12:22
In Australia, more than 9 million people commute to work every weekday. The distance they travel and how they get there – car, public transport, cycling or walking – can influence their well-being and performance at work. Our study, involving 1,121 full-time workers who commute daily to work, made several important findings: those who commute longer distances tend to have more days off work among... Read more
[ Event ] Posted on Monday, July 8, 2019 - 12:13
  CITIES ARE BOOMING. THE CHALLENGES ARE GREAT. Traffic collapse, parking lot emergency and fine dust alarm. Intelligent use of energy. Secure data for citizens and administration. More voice and transparency in decisions. Designing the city of tomorrow to be liveable and sustainable. Decision-makers, concepts and solutions are in demand. And geodata: Because without precise data on time and... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Monday, July 8, 2019 - 12:12
There are serious challenges to global food supply everywhere we look. Intensive use of fertilisers in the US Midwest is causing nutrients to run off into rivers and streams, degrading the water quality and causing a Connecticut-size dead zone in the Gulf of Mexico. Chocolate production will soon be challenged in West Africa – home to over half of global production. A variety of nutritional... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Monday, July 8, 2019 - 12:02
In 1999, Chicago was one of the first cities in the US to implement a 3-1-1 non-emergency management system to make it easier for residents to access city services and offload calls from the city’s 9-1-1 emergency management system. However, nearly 20 years later, our system had grown outdated. There was no way for residents to track their service requests or see where other requests had been... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Monday, July 8, 2019 - 11:56
The World Economic Forum (WEF) will lead the new G20 Global Smart Cities Alliance to develop a framework for how data is collected and used. The alliance brings together municipal, regional and national governments, private-sector partners and city residents around a shared set of core guiding principles for the implementation of smart city technologies. The effort aims to foster greater openness... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Monday, July 8, 2019 - 11:49
What does it really mean when certain kinds of cities keep getting ranked as the world’s “most livable”? Pack your bags everyone: It’s time to move to Zurich. According to the 2019 Monocle Global Liveable Cities Index, published in the magazine’s July/August issue, the Swiss city is the most livable of any in the world, the 409,000-resident almost-metropolis beating off competition to rise to... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Monday, July 8, 2019 - 11:46
We, the people are a city’s greatest asset. We drive economies, pass laws, volunteer in the community, and come together in times of strife and celebration. But what happens when—by design—some of our neighbors and friends are unable to access or participate in everything their city has to offer because of inequitable laws, policies, and practices? Unfortunately, we know the answer to this... Read more