Collaborate Groups, projects & programmes, discussions, Q&A

Posted on Wednesday, March 22, 2017 - 10:56
Miami—Live-work-play environments are becoming a necessity in urban areas to create the all-in-one experience for today’s residents. Gone are the days of living in isolation, as more renters are looking for that community feel to provide them with top amenities, easy access to office, entertainment, dining and green space both in and around their neighborhood. The trend of these “mini cities” is increasing in popularity and Multi-Housing News sat down with Ana-Marie Codina Barlick, CEO of Codina Partners, to discuss this growing trend of urbanization, the company’s newest project Downtown... Read more
Posted on Monday, March 20, 2017 - 13:11
In December, Mexico City became the first city in Latin America to issue a “green bond”. The USD 50 million issuance will pay for energy-efficient lighting, transit upgrades and water infrastructure. The bond was “oversubscribed” two-and-a-half times over, meaning that investors were willing to buy more of these bonds than Mexico City had to sell. Mexico City’s success is receiving attention in cities around the world. Last week, Mayor Miguel Ángel Mancera flew to London to accept an award from the Climate Bonds Initiative, a research group that tracks the green-bond market. The achievement... Read more
Posted on Monday, March 20, 2017 - 11:32
Let’s face it, municipal finance is not very exciting. When it comes to urbanization and smart city planning, talk of government bonds and regulatory frameworks isn’t nearly as captivating as smartphone apps that ease urban transport headaches or drone technologies to deliver goods to your doorstep. But regardless of how mundane, public finance is a fundamental component of any city’s planning because it pays for the spaces and services that can allow private innovations to thrive. Municipal finance can itself be innovative. Perhaps the most creative component to it is the idea that cities... Read more
Posted on Friday, March 17, 2017 - 14:01
WHAT ARE THE CONSEQUENCES OF AFRICA’S FAST-GROWING URBANIZATION, AND SHOULD AFRICA CONTROL THIS PHENOMENON? The share of the population living in African urban areas now is about 30%, but will rise to 50% in a very short period of time. That will present several challenges in both governance and the capacity of cities or even national government to react. It’s important to have a national urban policy which can be transformed into local initiatives. Urbanization is more of an opportunity than a challenge because it goes in parallel with development. If governments plan and design... Read more
Posted on Wednesday, March 15, 2017 - 16:23
Why did you become mayor? I always dreamed of working in the public sector and working as mayor gives you the great opportunity to solve people’s everyday problems. What is your favourite part of the job? Being in permanent contact with people. Everyday we visit neighbourhoods all over the city. This gives us the opportunity to listen to people’s needs and dreams. Having the capacity and tools to actually fulfil those dreams is what I enjoy the most. What is the biggest challenge you have ever faced in being a mayor? Our country suffered a terrible earthquake in April 2016. Even though Quito... Read more
Posted on Wednesday, March 15, 2017 - 15:18
GENEVA — The world’s real estate is worth an estimated USD 217 trillion. That staggering sum, almost three times the gross world product, accounts for nearly 60 percent of all global assets. Residential real estate, meanwhile, is responsible for three-quarters of this total. Given this vast value, homes are increasingly treated like commodities by wealthy investors and multinational corporations. This “financialization of housing” is the subject of a new report by Leilani Farha, the United Nations’ top expert on the right to adequate housing. The Ottawa-based lawyer, who has held the post... Read more
Posted on Friday, March 10, 2017 - 10:32
The archeologist and author Brenna Hassett explains how cities shaped our skeletons. By 2030, humans will be a predominantly urban species, with 60 percent living in cities, according to a prediction from the United Nations Human Settlement Programme. To get to this point, evolution of both human species and our lifestyles has changed rapidly over time. A shift in habitat, the birth of modern cities, and our continuous urban experiment has left, in archeological terms, piles and piles of bones that tell us a lot about our problems, both past and present. In her new book, Built on Bones: 15,... Read more
Posted on Tuesday, March 7, 2017 - 10:18
Few have been more at the centre of the rising global discussion around cities and data than Patricia McCarney, the president and chief executive of the World Council on City Data. McCarney created the council, housed at the University of Toronto, almost three years ago in order to shepherd an indisputably ambitious project: To create a definitive set of 100 data indicators that would allow for point-by-point comparisons of cities around the world. The result is a framework that allows Buenos Aires, for example, to see how it stacks up against Boston or Barcelona on measures of energy,... Read more
Posted on Friday, March 3, 2017 - 14:52
Cornell Brooks is three years into leading the nation’s oldest and largest grassroots-based civil rights organization, the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP). We spoke recently about the work the NAACP is doing in the wake of the presidential election, his thoughts on Trump’s Cabinet picks and the national racial climate. You’ve been putting yourself on the front lines of protest, most recently being arrested in the U.S. Senate Office of Alabama Senator Jeff Sessions, for objecting to his nomination to lead the Department of Justice. Why is this activism... Read more
Posted on Wednesday, March 1, 2017 - 11:46
The trend toward complete communities shapes the debate on sustainability and environmentalism, and vice-versa. In celebration of the upcoming CNU 25.Seattle, Public Square is running the series 25 Great Ideas of the New Urbanism. These ideas have been shaped by new urbanists and continue to influence cities, towns, and suburbs. The series is meant to inspire and challenge those working toward complete communities in the next quarter century. Sustainability has been woven into the fabric of New Urbanism since the beginning. The Charter of the New Urbanism's first paragraph connects "... Read more