Urban Themes

[ News ] Posted on Thursday, February 9, 2017 - 12:02
Ah, the joys of the new garden city, town and village. Roses round the door, children playing carefree on safe, car-less streets, and neighbours chatting over the garden fence. Community – just like the good old days – idyllic living, idyllic world. Sadly the reality will be dull, profit-driven dormitory towns. Ebenezer Howard’s plan for garden cities was published in 1898 to solve some of the... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Thursday, February 9, 2017 - 11:49
Cities such as Stockholm and Copenhagen regularly top global quality-of life-indices, and now Nordic countries are hoping to share their success with the world. A Swedish think tank is declaring that Nordic countries will be first out of the gate to implement the New Urban Agenda, a voluntary United Nations agreement adopted last year. A declaration, released last week by Stockholm-based Global... Read more
[ Event ] Posted on Thursday, February 9, 2017 - 11:40
The Basque Declaration outlines new pathways for European Cities and Towns to create productive, sustainable and resilient cities for a liveable and inclusive Europe. The document aims to support and accelerate socio-cultural, socio-economic and technological transformation. The Basque Declaration was acclaimed by the participants of the 8th European Conference on Sustainable Cities & Towns... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Thursday, February 9, 2017 - 09:52
Public transport has not always been the most attractive sector to work in. Faced with fierce competition from more “glamorous” industries such as airlines, car manufacturers, financial services and tech startups, public transport has sometimes struggled to be seen as the place for a great career. Yet as countries around the world continue to urbanise, demand for mobility will increase and... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Thursday, February 9, 2017 - 09:26
The eye has never seen a place like it,” wrote Persian ambassador Abdur Razzak of Vijayanagara, capital of the Vijayanagara empire, “and the ear was never informed that there existed anything to equal it in the world.” He was writing in 1443, during the long summer of the empire. Other visitors would praise the city’s wealth and prosperity in later years; Domingo Paes, a Portuguese traveller,... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Wednesday, February 8, 2017 - 16:31
This seems an obvious truth, but we need to say it loud and clear. Urban intelligence is more than information processing. "What should a city optimize for?" Even in the age of peak Silicon Valley, that's a hard question to take seriously. (Hecklers on Twitter had a few ideas, like “fish tacos” and “pez dispensers.”) 1Look past the sarcasm, though, and you’ll find an ideology on the rise. The... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Wednesday, February 8, 2017 - 16:05
To get the most collective benefits out of urban life, we might need more people to live in fewer (but bigger) cities. The Electoral College’s bias against American cities has spurred some liberal commentators to suggest that left-leaning urbanites should venture out of their coastal bubble cities and head toward the smaller cities and metros of the heartland and the Sunbelt, where their votes... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Wednesday, February 8, 2017 - 15:31
Notes from a Habitat III negotiating chair. No matter where you sat — in a negotiating chair, as a representative of civil society, as a member of the media — the process that led up to the recent Habitat III conference on sustainable cities presented a trilemma. The summit took place in Quito, Ecuador, in October, preceded by four months of formal political negotiations at the United Nations.... Read more
[ Event ] Posted on Wednesday, February 8, 2017 - 14:34
With the bulk of Scotland’s power now coming from renewable energy and a new Scottish Climate Change Bill in the offing, Scotland continues to lead the way in building a low-carbon economy. Scottish Renewables’ first ever Low-Carbon Cities Conference explores the many opportunities for Scotland’s cities to embrace the transition to a sustainable, clean, green economy; reducing energy costs and... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Wednesday, February 8, 2017 - 12:45
As I speak with customers around the world, our conversations often turn to the rise of technology companies. Not your traditional Google, Apple, IBM, and even SAP-type technology companies, but the Airbnbs, GO-JEKs, Under Armours, and Ubers of the world. Think those aren’t tech firms? They describe themselves as such. And now, the public sector is starting to get in on the tech game too. A... Read more