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[ News ] Posted on Wednesday, February 7, 2018 - 12:38
There are plenty of organizations that seem to be working on answers to secure smart cities, but in many ways it's like the early days of cloud computing with everyone building their own solutions. In an earlier post about smart city security, I made the case that there are two entrenched sides that, almost like the current political divide, are appealing to different audiences. I said that even... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Wednesday, February 7, 2018 - 11:47
Around 20,000 urbanists will gather in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia next week for the 9th World Urban Forum. But WUF9’s preparations for a quadrennial report will only mark the beginning of a laborious year. For veterans of the global urban development scene, the World Urban Forum marks a watershed moment of sorts. For the first time since UN-Habitat hosted a global conference on cities at its Nairobi... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Tuesday, February 6, 2018 - 11:37
India’s smart-city program offers a road map for cities working to prepare for mass urbanization with limited funds. In the next 15 years, about 200 million people will move from rural areas in India to the country’s urban centers. The shift will be massive, almost equal to the current populations of France, Germany, and the United Kingdom combined. While urbanization increases productivity and... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Friday, February 2, 2018 - 15:35
How do we prepare for the doubling of the global urban population by 2050? By dramatically rethinking urbanism and its governance. That means designing cities for people, not cars; allowing everyone access to urban opportunities; investing in resource-efficient buildings, transport, energy, water and waste systems; and enabling cities to experiment and to learn from each other. These are among... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Friday, February 2, 2018 - 15:08
What vision does HERE have for city development and how are you working to achieve that? It’s self-evident that urbanisation is one of the mega trends and continue to be so. More and more people are moving to cities. The way we move and live in cities is changing, and dramatically so, because there are so many people and there is not enough space. In this new world, we can’t use traditional tools... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Friday, February 2, 2018 - 14:38
No two cities are the same. What does your city mean to you? For Razi, an 18-year-old waiter in Kuala Lumpur, and millions of other aspirational youth in Malaysia, cities are where their dreams for joining the middle class can come true. For Liao Xianmei, a 45-year-old migrant worker in Chongqing, China, and Fatma and Peter, a Tanzanian couple who moved from their rural home to Dar es Salaam,... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Thursday, February 1, 2018 - 10:46
In 2013, Maggie Lea—owner of one of Austin’s most beloved local bars and music venues, Cheer Up Charlie’s—found out she was being evicted. When Lea and co-owner Tamara Hoover started the venue as a food truck in 2010, East 6th street was a deserted area with little nightlife to speak of. In the three years since opening, Cheer Up evolved into an LGBT-friendly outpost for East Austin’s creative... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Wednesday, January 31, 2018 - 15:50
As we approach the 9th World Urban Forum in Kuala Lumpur next week, one of the essential challenges in implementing the New Urban Agenda that governments are struggling with is the provision at scale of high quality affordable housing, a key part of the Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 11 of building sustainable cities and communities. When I worked on affordable housing in Latin America, one... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Wednesday, January 31, 2018 - 15:41
By 2050 many of the world's major cities will face surface water shortages, spurring regional conflict and competition for scarce resources More than a hundred cities—containing millions of people—will have water demands outstripping surface water supplies by 2050, according to a new analysis of climate change impacts on water. The global study cited many cities in the U.S.—including Los... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Wednesday, January 31, 2018 - 12:18
How can big data be optimised to effectively manage increasing urbanisation, congestion and complexity associated with smart cities? Cities around the world feature different cultures, cuisines and tourist attractions, but most of them face similar challenges in relation to increased urbanisation, congestion and complexity. With the United Nations estimating that more than half the world’s... Read more

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