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[ 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
[ News ] Posted on Monday, January 8, 2018 - 11:57
We went to Buenos Aires to help redesign the city’s most iconic informal settlement and learned to appreciate what residents had already built. Planners and urban designers often face an uncomfortable paradox: People tend to prefer neighborhoods that developed organically with the contributions of many over those that were master-planned by a small group of experts. City makers love to use terms... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Thursday, December 28, 2017 - 14:58
This series, supported by the Volvo Research and Educational Foundations, discusses walking and cycling in cities with a special focus on low- and middle-income countries. In 2015, 447 pedestrians were killed from traffic-related incidents in Nairobi, Kenya’s capital of more than 3 million people. Amidst cars and minibuses (“matatus”), pedestrians are forced onto the street when sidewalks end or... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Thursday, December 28, 2017 - 14:52
Smart cities are coming. It is important that they be as much about nature, health, and wellbeing as traffic flows, crime detection, and evermore efficient provision of utilities. As yet, there are no smart cities. I read of plenty of people and organisations working hard to create them. However, so far, we have had initiatives, policies, strategies, and some projects, but no examples of cities... Read more