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[ News ] Posted on Thursday, September 21, 2017 - 12:19
Cities don't usually pop up out of nowhere. For centuries, urban areas grew in incremental steps as populations blossomed and the economic climate steadily got better. That's changing. Speculative urbanization refers to the phenomenon where developments form at a rapid rate — not in response to demand, but in anticipation of it. In places like China and India, suburban housing compounds, vanity... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Thursday, September 21, 2017 - 11:45
Today, megacities have become synonymous with economic growth. In both developing and developed countries, cities with populations of 10 million or more account for one-third to one-half of their gross domestic product. Many analysts and policymakers think this trend is here to stay. The rise of big data analytics and mobile technology should spur development, they assert, transforming... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Wednesday, September 20, 2017 - 16:17
In January 2016, Google established an engineering hub in Singapore to develop software for its Android operating system. In doing so, the company created 1000 jobs and spent an estimated $1.1bn. Google’s Singapore operation is an example of the billions in foreign direct investment (FDI) that flow into the Asia-Pacific region every year. Indeed, the region accounted for more than 30% of... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Wednesday, September 20, 2017 - 13:49
In most of the world’s countries, especially in Africa and Asia, cities are growing fast. People and capital are rapidly flowing into urban centres in search of opportunity. But is there any guiding vision behind this process of urbanization? Will it lead to well-planned, sustainable and prosperous cities where every person has a chance to succeed? Or will it unfold haphazardly, with residents... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Tuesday, September 19, 2017 - 18:38
Cities all over Europe are going smart. City officials in municipalities from Spain to Greece are taking their urban community to the next level and securing its success for generations to come. Deutsche Telekom is a partner with a proven track record of enabling decision-makers to understand the potential of smart city solutions with EU funding. The word on everybody’s lips is ‘smart’. Over... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Tuesday, September 19, 2017 - 11:37
A scaled-back strategy for using big data to power local change. The proliferation of global data sets, enabled by satellite imagery and mobile technology, has created means to capture urban information of all kinds, including air quality, land use, transit use, flood risk and much more. This tsunami of information has prompted a second wave of “data-driven” digital products that seek to solve... Read more
[ Event ] Posted on Monday, September 18, 2017 - 16:14
Global Conference on Cities and Migration On 19 of September 2016, the Heads of States and Governments and High representatives adopted the political “New York Declaration for Refugees and Migration” which calls for states to consider committing to a unifying framework on all aspects of international migration, integrating humanitarian and development work, and based on human rights. A month... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Monday, September 18, 2017 - 15:45
With urbanization well above the global average, a young tech-savvy population and a raft of major infrastructure projects, the Gulf region is helping pioneer the smart city model. WHAT ARE SMART CITIES? There's no standard definition, but the concept of smart -- or smarter -- cities has data and ICT at its core. Back in 2009, IBM described a smarter city as one "that makes optimal use of all... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Friday, September 15, 2017 - 12:21
In August 2017, the Western Peninsula of Freetown, Sierra Leone experienced torrential rain, a series of flooding events and a large landslide. Over 500 people passed away, over 800 people have been reported missing and many more families were rendered homeless. Entire houses were swept away by the flood waters. Many individuals and organization sprang into action, helping to provide emergency... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Friday, September 15, 2017 - 12:17
From Los Angeles to Liverpool to the new London competition, 'creative cities' policies are designed to soften gentrification's hard edges, never asking 'culture for who?'   This summer, London's mayor Sadiq Khan launched the 'London Borough of Culture Competition'. Celebrating London as the 'cultural capital of the world' the 32 boroughs in London now have the chance to compete for £1m of arts... Read more