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[ News ] Posted on Tuesday, September 19, 2017 - 11:37
A scaled-back strategy for using big data to power local change. The proliferation of global data sets, enabled by satellite imagery and mobile technology, has created means to capture urban information of all kinds, including air quality, land use, transit use, flood risk and much more. This tsunami of information has prompted a second wave of “data-driven” digital products that seek to solve... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Monday, September 18, 2017 - 15:45
With urbanization well above the global average, a young tech-savvy population and a raft of major infrastructure projects, the Gulf region is helping pioneer the smart city model. WHAT ARE SMART CITIES? There's no standard definition, but the concept of smart -- or smarter -- cities has data and ICT at its core. Back in 2009, IBM described a smarter city as one "that makes optimal use of all... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Friday, September 15, 2017 - 12:21
In August 2017, the Western Peninsula of Freetown, Sierra Leone experienced torrential rain, a series of flooding events and a large landslide. Over 500 people passed away, over 800 people have been reported missing and many more families were rendered homeless. Entire houses were swept away by the flood waters. Many individuals and organization sprang into action, helping to provide emergency... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Friday, September 15, 2017 - 12:17
From Los Angeles to Liverpool to the new London competition, 'creative cities' policies are designed to soften gentrification's hard edges, never asking 'culture for who?'   This summer, London's mayor Sadiq Khan launched the 'London Borough of Culture Competition'. Celebrating London as the 'cultural capital of the world' the 32 boroughs in London now have the chance to compete for £1m of arts... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Friday, September 15, 2017 - 12:15
HOUSTON — From Houston and Miami, to cities in South Asia, 2017 has been a year of intense weather and devastating floods. A combination of climate change and urban development has created a perfect storm for catastrophe. "We are living in a warmer world. We are living in a world where potentially, hurricanes could be more damaging,” said Bill Patzert, climatologist at NASA's Jet Propulsion... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Friday, September 15, 2017 - 12:03
As a city’s digital infrastructure improves, the distribution of digital skills and the culture of the digital economy will also improve — making it more likely that as each gets better, the city’s goals can be achieved more effectively. Cities can attract and retain higher quality workers if and when cities draw more businesses, new investments, and improved social and cultural amenities.... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Friday, September 15, 2017 - 10:26
hat are the most innovative ways to provide healthy, safe food and water to poor urban communities without harming the environment? The Solve competition, sponsored by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), aims to help marginalized communities worldwide strengthen the resilience of their systems for producing and delivering food. In developed countries such as the United States, many... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Wednesday, September 13, 2017 - 16:38
The U. S. Census is an immensely powerful data-collecting tool that can cough up some strange statistics, such as the fact that the northern state of Wisconsin’s top foreign import is sweaters. But how well does the decennial census in one of the world’s largest countries prepare its cities to track their progress on global sustainability goals? Surprisingly well, say researchers at the Urban... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Wednesday, September 13, 2017 - 14:32
Cities are the future; the near future. According to WHO projections, by 2050 over two-thirds of the world’s population will live in a city. What does this mean for public health? It could be nothing short of catastrophic, placing an increasing burden on health systems worldwide as unhealthy lifestyles associated with urban areas become commonplace. Food is fast and unhealthy, pollution is... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Wednesday, September 13, 2017 - 12:26
Roof-mounted semiconductors that turn solar energy into electricity have the most potential among renewable energies to supply power to the underserved in cities in emerging economies, says the latest World Resources Institute report. According to the report, Powering Cities in the Global South, solar photovoltaic systems (solar panels) are more effective at increasing access to power for poor... Read more

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