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[ News ] Posted on Tuesday, April 2, 2019 - 12:08
One of the most popular conversations at smart and sustainable city conferences, with good reason, is procurement. This dry but vitally important topic comes up again and again. For years, vendors and city practitioners have been on a quest to better understand and define how their interactions can be more successful and nimble. Tackling the procurement conundrum is key to enabling cities to... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Tuesday, April 2, 2019 - 11:57
I believe that we all have the potential to create social impact, and I’d like to share with the world the secret recipe to help unlock that potential in an effort to build cities that work for every body. In 2011 I co-founded a charity called StopGap Foundation, an organization with a mission to help create a world where every person can access every space. Just over a year ago I put together a... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Tuesday, April 2, 2019 - 11:54
Cities are the defining form of human organization in the 21st century. In 1980, just 1.7 billion people lived in cities. By 2050, the world’s urban population will swell to 6.4 billion. By the end of this century, 80-90% of humanity is expected to be city dwellers. The vast majority of tomorrow’s urban growth will occur in the medium-sized and large sprawling cities of Africa and Asia. And... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Tuesday, April 2, 2019 - 11:51
In 2006, pioneering cities such as London (United Kingdom) and Durban (South Africa) started integrating climate change in their policies and plans in order to prepare infrastructures, communities, ecosystems and institutions for its most likely impacts. Since then, many cities large and small around the globe have followed their example. Important global and regional city networks to promote... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Tuesday, April 2, 2019 - 11:49
Informal housing, be it in the barrio, tugurio, favela, bidonville, gecekondu or kampung, supports the majority of rapidly urbanizing populations in cities of the global South. Yet, many city planners and housing policymakers still regard such urban vernaculars primarily as evidence of backwardness, social malaise, economic involution and planning failure. When lumped together as “slums”, they... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Wednesday, March 27, 2019 - 17:42
In California, where home prices are pushing people farther from their jobs, rising traffic is creating more pollution. California has long been seen as a leader on climate change. The state’s history of aggressive action to reduce air pollution, accelerate the use of renewable energy and speed the transition to a low-carbon, climate-resilient economy has inspired governments around the world to... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Wednesday, March 27, 2019 - 17:29
With the global population set to reach 9.7 billion by 2050, two thirds of which will be living in cities, according to United Nations projections, governments worldwide are already facing an array of challenges in ensuring the sustainability, security and success of an ever-more-crowded planet. The urgency of these challenges underscores the importance of smart cities continuing to fuel growth,... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Wednesday, March 27, 2019 - 17:26
Closing more than 60 kilometers of major streets to car traffic sounds like a logistical headache for a city of 4.8 million. But Guadalajara did it anyway ‒ and has done it every Sunday for the last 15 years. In an event known as the “Via RecreActiva,” Guadalajara, Mexico, closes streets across the city for a ciclovía ‒ a period when bicyclists, pedestrians, shoppers and dancers reclaim public... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Wednesday, March 27, 2019 - 17:15
It’s hard to make a relationship work, but it’s easy to ruin one. Particularly in the early stages before you really trust each other, forget too many birthdays or fail to communicate, things will fall apart in no time at all. At Cities of Service, we often find ourselves playing the role of dating coach, cultivating budding romances between city governments and citizens in cities across the... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Wednesday, March 27, 2019 - 16:59
There has been growing interest in recent years in cities taking a leading role in addressing major sustainability challenges such as air pollution and water scarcity. More than half of the world’s population lives in urban areas, a share that is expected to grow even further in the years to come. As a result, the importance of cities has been widely recognized, particularly in the context of... Read more