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[ Event ] Posted on Friday, January 12, 2018 - 08:58
To celebrate the ten-year anniversary of the establishment of the African Centre for Cities at the University of Cape Town, the International Urban Conference draws together leading urban scholars and practitioners from all corners of Africa and the world to take stock of ground-breaking urban research, to explore new avenues for enquiry and collaboration, and to make visible the vibrant state of... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Thursday, January 11, 2018 - 14:36
Hong Kong has held onto its title of the world’s most visited city for the ninth year in a row in market research firm Euromonitor International’s latest Top 100 City Destinations Ranking. Image: Euromonitor International The annual league table is based on the number of international tourists who spend 24 hours or more in a city. Hong Kong pulled in an impressive 26.6 million visitors in... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Thursday, January 11, 2018 - 12:12
Modernity’s most common story spanning national, cultural and religious borders is about people moving from rural areas to the cities. By 2030, 80% of the world’s population will be living in urban areas, following the dream of better jobs, education, and health care. Too often, however, that dream risks remaining an urban daydream, due to natural disasters such as hurricanes, earthquakes, and... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Wednesday, January 10, 2018 - 15:08
With 60 percent of people worldwide projected to be concentrated in urban areas by 2030, developing sustainable communities that are inclusive and equitable for all will require creating affordable housing located near job opportunities. Some of the most promising ideas emerging in both developed and developing economies involve combining mixed-income housing with transit-oriented developments... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Wednesday, January 10, 2018 - 14:57
The mobility system of the United States, and of many other markets within the developed world, is going through a period of significant change, but whether we should prepare for a revolution or evolution remains a point of debate. The shots of innovation are being heard around the world, but I suggest that their echoes are likely to fade before any real, tangible changes are enacted on a... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Wednesday, January 10, 2018 - 10:44
Did you know that Smart Cities are poised to drive significant change in how we work, play and learn in 2018? Thanks to the explosion in big data analytics capabilities and mobile, real-time video/information sharing, historians may someday look back on this year as the fulcrum upon which technology and government fully meshed to turn their communities in a more vibrant direction. So it’s... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Tuesday, January 9, 2018 - 14:28
“The city is a people’s art, a shared experience,” a Philadelphia architect and planner named Edmund Bacon once wrote, adding that any urban designer’s job was to “conceive an idea, implant it, and nurture its growth in the collective minds of the community.” It sounds like a common-sense approach to city building — and one that could lead to a pleasing urban mosaic, as both community needs and... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Tuesday, January 9, 2018 - 11:43
Crossing the street while texting could cost you your life. If you live in Honolulu, even if you survive, thanks to legislation passed earlier this year, it could also land you a hefty fine. The Hawaiian capital is not the only city trying to get us to look up from our phone. Hayward, California, introduced snarky signs in 2015, reminding us to “Cross the road, then update Facebook.” Singapore ... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Tuesday, January 9, 2018 - 11:21
In local government, success is defined by what you leave behind. Former Salt Lake City Mayor Ralph Becker, who is now a fellow with the Open Society Foundation, met with a group of us at Governing a few months ago to discuss the project he is working on for the foundation, an effort to identify the characteristics of leadership that result in success for state and local government officials. Of... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Monday, January 8, 2018 - 15:03
In my role at EY, I’m lucky enough to work on our global programs for Future Cities, as well as on our Platform Partnership with the Rockefeller Foundation 100 Resilient Cities (100RC) initiative. As a result, I see some interesting issues arise at the intersection between smart technologies, including IoT-enabled infrastructure, and resilience challenges, such as climate, jobs and economic... Read more