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

Posted on Tuesday, January 24, 2017 - 09:56
This German initiative is looking to cities. If you are interested in the Sustainable Development Goals and their implementation, you probably are overwhelmed by the number of events and publications stressing the importance of involving local governments and citizens to achieve this global agenda. “Localizing” the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the involvement of citizens is indeed a critical aspect of the agenda. Politicians at the national and local levels will need to make difficult policy choices to achieve these goals, which countries began to implement last year. But it will... Read more
Posted on Wednesday, January 18, 2017 - 10:46
Abhishek Lodha is managing director of the privately held Lodha Group, one of India’s largest real-estate developers. It is currently building Palava, a 4,500-acre greenfield city near Mumbai. Construction started in 2010, and the first residents arrived in 2014. In an interview with Subbu Narayanswamy, a Mumbai-based McKinsey senior partner who leads the firm’s work in real estate globally, Lodha spoke about India’s rapidly evolving real-estate sector and what it takes to build a city of the future. McKinsey: How do you see India’s real-estate market evolving? Where is the greatest potential... Read more
Posted on Monday, January 16, 2017 - 11:32
Shorter is better, analysts say, but if they’re too narrow, people spend too much time crossing streets Conventional wisdom says that smaller city blocks are better for pedestrians. Research on urban form has traditionally suggested that smaller city blocks are better for foot traffic, and prominent urbanists have advocated them as key promoters of pedestrian access.   Urban planner Leon Krier pointed to the enhanced diversity and complexity of activity generated by smaller city blocks, while the late activist Jane Jacobs noted increased interactions and encounters among pedestrians on... Read more
Posted on Wednesday, January 11, 2017 - 08:56
Nick Michell spoke with Burkhard Horn, Head of the Transport, Department for Urban Development and the Environment, Berlin, about the need for cities to collect fresh data on mobility How important is the collection and analysis of fresh data on urban mobility to measuring development and evaluating progress? Concerning the enormous challenges urban mobility and transport policies are facing, fresh and valid data of different kinds are extremely important for measuring the success of the policies and strategies and for eventually realigning these. In order to do so, cities need comprehensive... Read more
Posted on Thursday, January 5, 2017 - 16:02
Dunia Ludlow considers that its approval is a great achievement that will avoid the exaggerated expulsion of families of the city, will be counted on an Advisory and advisory council. After the demonstration of the people 's voice to sign a petition statement requesting remove Article 21, Section C, Section 7, which went against the capital gain property in the draft  Constitution of the City of Mexico, to the own Miguel Angel Mancera, Head of government called to arrest the controversial article arguing that it was "misunderstood". To differentiate the issues between this controversial... Read more
Posted on Thursday, January 5, 2017 - 11:17
University of Strathclyde’s Robert Rogerson talks about the relevance of this field, career opportunities, and more Over half of the world’s population is now living in cities, generating 80 per cent of the global carbon emissions. To achieve a sustainable future for cities, professionals are required who have the holistic perspective to see beyond one single aspect of city life, and the ability to develop and deliver viable strategies that address various problems. The University of Strathclyde, Glasgow, offers an MSc Global Sustainable Cities programme that aims at producing city leaders,... Read more
Posted on Wednesday, January 4, 2017 - 10:10
There’s a lot of talk in cities today about building “resilience” against disasters, social strife and economic shocks. But the flip side of that quest is to understand what makes cities fragile in the first place. That’s the idea behind the Fragile Cities Data Visualization, a project launched recently by the Igarapé Institute, United Nations University, World Economic Forum and 100 Resilient Cities initiative. The tool generates a fragility “score” for 2,100 cities around the globe, based on data on population growth, air pollution, terrorist killings and other metrics. Those scores, along... Read more
Posted on Friday, December 30, 2016 - 09:57
The Tokyo-based psychiatrist Layla McCay founded the Center for Urban Design and Mental Health over a year ago, and it’s grown at a more rapid pace than she expected. “Be careful of finding an unmet need,” she jokes, noting that much of her time is now spent running the center. The organization aims to harness knowledge about urban design and mental health that is already out there, but isn’t being shared as much as it could, particularly with policymakers who can implement it. The center also works to foster more research. “For instance,” McCay says, “we know that green space is good for... Read more
Posted on Thursday, December 15, 2016 - 11:35
Last week in Paris, French President Francois Hollande and Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo welcomed government and civil-society leaders from around the world to discuss ways of bringing transparency to government decision making. This summit of the Open Government Partnership was mostly focused on what national governments can change. The five-year old partnership has more than 70 countries participating in joint efforts with civil society to implement commitments toward fighting corruption, engaging citizens and making public data more open. This year, cities and other subnational governments were... Read more
Posted on Tuesday, November 29, 2016 - 08:25
National governments, local authorities, big business and others came together this month for the first time to start plotting out how exactly they will implement the major climate accord struck last year at cliff-hanger negotiations in Paris. By happenstance, their timing was both good and bad. The Paris Agreement came into surprise effect at the beginning of November, after enough governments took unprecedentedly quick action to ratify their pieces of the accord. Around that same time, the U. S. government sprang another surprise with global implications: the election of Donald Trump, a... Read more