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[ News ] Posted on Tuesday, July 24, 2018 - 11:04
I have had the opportunity to speak at several mobility conferences around the world in recent months including the TravelTech conference in San Francisco, the Future of Transportation Technology World Conference in Cologne and just last week at the Fab City event in Paris and Toulouse. One of the common and pervasive themes in all these conferences is the growing interest and technological... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Tuesday, July 24, 2018 - 10:45
The international community needs to focus on assisting the development of well-planned, stable cities, for both strategic and humanitarian reasons.   The city is the most powerful tool humanity has for social and economic development. High rates of urbanization are associatedwith many positive outcomes including higher income and lower infant mortality. This positive linkage is being threatened... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Tuesday, July 24, 2018 - 10:42
The World Bank is spending more money than ever on combatting climate change. The institution released figures this week which shows that it invested $20.5 billion during the 2018 fiscal year on projects which address the impacts of climate change. This represent 32.1 percent of all funding and exceeds its target of spending at least 28 percent of its finances on tackling the problem by 2020. “We... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Monday, July 23, 2018 - 16:48
U.N. Environment and Yale University have teamed up together in collaboration with UN Habitat to debut an eco-friendly tiny home aimed to spark public discussion and fresh ideas on ways architects and city planners can provide forward-thinking design for affordable housing, while limiting the overuse of natural resources. With a kitchen, bathroom, dining area, and sleeping space for up to four... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Monday, July 23, 2018 - 16:34
China seems determined to reach the stars by building ever-taller skyscrapers. In 2017 it saw the construction of 144 high-rises of more than 200 metres (660 feet) in height, including 15 described as “supertall” structures that tower above 300m (980 ft), according to the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat. The city of Shenzhen is a particular tall-building hotspot, with CNN’s... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Monday, July 23, 2018 - 15:53
The summer holidays are in full swing – and protests against overtourism have begun (yet again) in a number of popular European cities. Overtourism is not a new problem. Barcelona, in particular, is at the centre of these mounting concerns about the rapid growth of tourism in cities, especially during peak holiday periods. In fact, Destination Barcelona estimates that there were 30m overnight... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Monday, July 23, 2018 - 15:42
Throughout the course of human history, the biggest cities have always seemed impossibly large. For many millennia, it was almost unfathomable for a city to sustain more than 1 million residents. In fact, it wasn’t until the 19th century that the largest citiesglobally, such as London and Beijing, were able to consistently hold populations beyond that impressive mark. Despite this, in the... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Monday, July 23, 2018 - 15:32
My Silicon Valley was actually comprised of bits of Silicon – desert sand – about 40 miles south of Mosul, Iraq. In early 2004, I was part of the Army’s first Stryker Brigade, a wheeled force that featured a tactical internet with digital communications liberally deployed across vehicles and other equipment assigned to the unit. One of our soldiers was wounded in an IED attack, and radio... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Thursday, July 19, 2018 - 12:04
Much of the 2030 Agenda will be ‘fought and won’ in urban centres, where more than half the world’s population live New York City, July 17 – With the majority of the global population now living in cities and the numbers growing daily, making cities inclusive, sustainable, resilient and safe is critical to achieving the 2030 Agenda and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), according to... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Thursday, July 19, 2018 - 11:54
For the second year in a row, New York has been declared the smartest city in the world, according to the IESE Cities in Motion Index. London and Paris also maintain their positions just behind the big apple, taking the second and third spots respectively. Image: IESE The top-10 list is completed by Tokyo (4), Reykjavik (5), Singapore (6), Seoul (7), Toronto (8), Hong Kong (9) and Amsterdam (... Read more