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[ News ] Posted on Monday, October 29, 2018 - 10:11
Anyone with a cursory interest in world history will have encountered the Greek City - States of Athens and Sparta. They have a rich history of civilisation, democracy, architecture and military conquests. However, the most striking thing is that these city-states were not nations, not as is currently conceived, but they had, for the time, an advanced system of planning, city administration and... Read more
[ Event ] Posted on Friday, October 26, 2018 - 13:19
For the seventh time, the Smart City Expo, the leading specialist trade show for the issues of energy and sustainability, mobility and transport, urban planning and safety will take place in the Gran Via Exhibition Centre. Since 2011, experts from city administration, companies, start-ups, research centres and action groups have been meeting at the trade show to present, to learn, to share, to... Read more
[ Event ] Posted on Friday, October 26, 2018 - 13:12
Following the success of the first EUROCITIES Mayors Summit in 2017, we are organising a second in Brussels from 20-21 March 2019 to discuss critical European issues including citizen engagement. The second Mayors Summit will bring together local, national and European leaders to discuss the role of cities in the future of Europe, with a special focus on citizen engagement and young people. Also... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Thursday, October 25, 2018 - 15:34
Urban nature has a critical role to play in the future liveability of cities. An emerging body of research reveals that bringing nature back into our cities can deliver a truly impressive array of benefits, ranging from health and well-being to climate change adaptation and mitigation. Aside from benefits for people, cities are often hotspots for threatened species and are justifiable locations... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Thursday, October 25, 2018 - 15:23
Drought, climate change, and overdraft – oh my! Communities are increasingly turning to water reuse as a tool to bolster water supply reliability in the face of numerous uncertainties. Droughts result in curtailments of surface water allocations that serve as drinking water lifelines to many cities. Just look at this year’s “day zero” warnings from Cape Town, or when California’s governor made a... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Wednesday, October 24, 2018 - 16:09
The UCEEP (Safe #CitiinCiti) innovative project/initiative was realised with clarity that safeguarding, protection and shelter has overall the highest command in any emergency in relation to mass activities -> Climate Action response risk assessing urban resilience will by far have the most efficient adaptation/mitigation impact. Poor urban planning, lack of ecosystem restoration and short... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Wednesday, October 24, 2018 - 15:58
Not everyone agrees that some cities in the online lists of smart cities are so smart.  I for one have visited a couple of these highly ranked cities and can tell you from personal experience that just getting through the traffic to get to my hotel was an ardous task.  Vehicles of all shapes were all jammed up–scooters weaving in and out of traffic–and taxis double parked to drop people off.... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Wednesday, October 24, 2018 - 15:24
We are living through interesting times. As Dickens might put it, it is perhaps the best of times for tech companies. The digital revolution is mind-blowing. But for most people, it could be the worst of times, given the global crises and challenges facing humanity. One thing is certain: we live in a world of cities, and our planet is increasingly urban. By 2050, more than 70% of the world’s... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Wednesday, October 24, 2018 - 15:20
Traditionally, urban water managers have relied on large-scale, supply-side infrastructural projects to meet increased demands for water. This supply-side approach is under increasing pressure from a variety of mega-trends. To enhance urban water security, water managers are turning toward demand-side management.   Traditionally, urban water managers, faced with increasing demand for water... Read more
[ Event ] Posted on Tuesday, October 23, 2018 - 16:28
Barcelona Resilience Week is a common space bringing together all partners and stakeholders working on resilience with a strong focus on how to advance awareness and knowledge to action.  Drawing on the parallel events taking place in Barcelona that same week (Smart City Expo World Congress, C40 Regional Meeting, among others) Barcelona Resilience Week will showcase a wide array of activities and... Read more