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Posted on Monday, September 26, 2016 - 12:02
In this interview, Debra Roberts, co-chair of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s Working Group II on Impacts, Adaptation and Vulnerability, talks about a new paradigm for cities and science that is emerging in the aftermath of the historic Paris Agreement on climate change. Roberts has a unique background that combines scientific research and working as a city practitioner in Durban, South Africa. Q: What’s the state of the cities-science dialogue today? Debra Roberts: This dialogue is just getting started in a serious way. In the past, cities were not places where science was a... Read more
Posted on Monday, September 19, 2016 - 16:05
NEW YORK CITY—Founder of the Jonathan Rose Cos. and among the country’s most prolific developers of green and affordable housing, Jonathan Rose is recognized as one of the leading thinkers on the integration of environmental, social and economic solutions to urban development issues. As of this past week, he is also an author with a newly published book, The Well-Tempered City, issued by Harper Collins. The book explores cities throughout history, tracing the conditions that gave rise to urban life. It makes the case that the conditions that were necessary for cities to emerge centuries ago... Read more
Posted on Monday, September 19, 2016 - 09:07
exander Garvin is a longtime city planner, teaches at Yale University and has written acclaimed books on American cities, urban planning and public parks. But a few years ago, when a friend asked him a seemingly simple question — “What makes a great city?” — Garvin was stumped. He had no ready answer to pull out of his pocket. No quick and easy way to articulate what separates agood city from a great one. The question sent Garvin on a journey that became his most recent book, What Makes A Great City, which came out this month. Garvin traveled to numerous cities across North America and... Read more
Posted on Wednesday, September 14, 2016 - 08:27
John Mandyck serves as Chief Sustainability Officer for United Technologies Corporation. A global leader in the aerospace, food refrigeration and commercial building industries, United Technologies provides high-technology systems and services that move the world forward with well-known global brands such as Carrier, Otis, Pratt & Whitney and UTC Aerospace Systems. John chairs the Corporate Advisory Board of the World Green Building Council, and serves as chairman of the Board of Directors for the Urban Green Council in New York City. He is a member of the Corporate Council at the... Read more
Posted on Tuesday, August 30, 2016 - 14:35
News Deeply, in partnership with Sustainable Brands, has produced a series of profiles looking at how brands are tackling some of the world’s biggest challenges. The goal is to examine trends and gather insights from a new wave of corporate citizenship – in an era when the private sector is increasingly expected to play a positive role in improving our lives and societies. This is the 7th article in the series. John Mandyck is Chief Sustainability Officer for United Technologies Corporation(UTC). He has been with the company since 1993, having started at UTC’s Carrier brand. In his spare... Read more
Posted on Monday, August 29, 2016 - 10:38
Andrew Bolwell is the Global Head of Technology Vision and HP Tech Ventures.  In this role he is responsible for driving HP’s long-term innovation and technology vision for HP, as well as for HP's venture activities, working across start-up and venture capital communities to identify, source, commercialize and invest in early-stage disruptive technologies.  Liaising with HP Labs, business groups, customers and partners, Andrew is defining new market segments, products and business models that will help shape HP’s future growth.  Today, we’re sharing Part 2 of a five-part series discussing HP... Read more
Posted on Monday, August 29, 2016 - 09:56
Geography used to be destiny, Communities and trade flourished in proximity to food, resources and transportation options. In ancient times that meant rivers and coastal areas. In the industrial revolution, that meant along rail lines and at rail terminals. In the automobile era, that meant along highways and interstates. The cost of distance has been baked into goods and services for so long that it’s almost taken for granted, seen as an absolute or a constant. In recent years, globalization has been driven by a shrinking cost of distance. An American firm moving its manufacturing across... Read more
Posted on Wednesday, August 24, 2016 - 10:17
Asian cities are among the fastest growing in the world, but are they growing in the right way? In today’s world of interconnected risks, urbanization has emerged as one of the region’s biggest tests. If not handled smartly, urbanization poses social, economic, political and environmental risks that governments will find hard to contain. The biggest challenge confronting planners—when they are used—is striking a balance between the pursuit of economic growth, sustainability and livability. BRINK Asia spoke with Liu Thai Ker, who was the master planner of Singapore and is the founding... Read more
Posted on Thursday, August 18, 2016 - 15:49
Urbanisation is an irreversible process and a necessary condition for economic growth, says Jonathan Woetzel of McKinsey Global Institute (MGI), a research arm of the global consulting firm. A senior partner and director at MGI, Woetzel, based in Shanghai, advises Asian businesses on global growth. He is also an expert on urbanisation and has led numerous research initiatives into related subjects such as affordable housing. He was in Kolkata recently to meet lawmakers, government officials and business leaders. In an hour-long chat on urbanisation, Woetzel said the key to building smart... Read more
Posted on Wednesday, August 17, 2016 - 15:44
Dámaso Luna Corona is the adjunct director general for sustainable development in Mexico’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs. In June, he and a colleague from the Philippines were appointed to co-lead political negotiations on the New Urban Agenda, the global vision intended to guide sustainable urbanization over the next 20 years. Those talks had begun the previous month, which meant that both of the new “co-facilitators” were forced to hit the ground running. And their time frame is short: In October, the entire membership of the United Nations is slated to gather in Quito, Ecuador, to finalize... Read more

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