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Digital Transformation helping Smart Cities flourish

A smart city is simply a community that harnesses <b>digital</b> technologies, such as Internet of Things, Big Data Analytics, Mobility, <b>Drones</b> & <b>Wearables</b> to …

Can digital payments help disaster-proof smart cities?

MasterCard is partnering with 100 Resilient Cities (100RC) to boost digital payments as a way of making smart cities more efficient and disaster-proof.<p>According to Pyments.com, the U.S. credit card behemoth is teaming up with the 100RC group which provides free expertise, tools and services to …

AT&T Just Announced a Huge Smart Cities Initiative

At its Developer Summit, running in Las Vegas parallel to the Consumer Electronics Showcase, AT&T today announced a series of corporate partnerships …

10 Years of Results: Inspiring Leadership and Transformative Actions in Global Cities

Changing Planet<p><i>David Miller was C40 Chair 2008 to 2010 and Mayor of Toronto 2003-2010.</i><p>The C40 is an exceptional organization that brings together leadership from major cities around the world to take real and lasting action on climate change. From the very beginning, when I was asked as Mayor of …

Asia's coastal cities face challenge of rising seas

NEW DELHI (AP) — The future will be a watery one for some of the world's biggest cities.<p>Predicted sea level increases this century mean many face increased flooding, stronger storm surges and unpredictable weather. How well coastal cities can cope will dramatically affect quality of life and their …

Holistic Thinking Makes Cities More Livable

The year before I came to Ramboll, the City of Copenhagen was hit by a record-breaking devastating cloudburst. On that night in July 2011 flood water was few mm from turning off the emergency generators in the two central hospitals, thousands of basements were flooded, and motorists were stranded …

Sustainability

10 Global Cities Win Prestigious C40 Cities Awards

Changing Planet<p>Today, the C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group (C40) announced the winners of the third-annual C40 Cities Awards, recognizing ten global cities for their leadership in tackling climate change across key sectors. The Awards ceremony was held on Thursday night in Paris during the COP21 …

Sustainability

The Chinese are obsessed with building giant dams

China’s Three Gorges Dam is one of the most ambitious engineering projects ever undertaken. BBC Future investigates the troubled history of China and its mighty rivers.<p>If anyone doubts that the Three Gorges Dam on the Yangtze River in China is as much about national prestige as flood control and …

Why climate change negotiators should look to cities

Next month, the discussion in the United Nations climate meetings in Paris — also known as COP21 — will mostly focus on countrywide policies. But …

A City In Taiwan Is Demolishing an Old Mall and Turning Its Parking Lot Into a Lagoon

We’ve seen plenty of dead malls reborn as unusual things, from high schools to greenhouses. The Taiwanese city of Tainan is one-upping them all by …

Urban Design

Mexico City's water crisis – from source to sewer

Each drop of water that passes through the Mexican capital tells a heroic, tragic, unfinished story of urban growth and human development. Over the course of a week, the Guardian follows this complex, costly trail<p>When a <i>tormenta</i> sweeps in to Mexico City, the rain does not just fall, it insists. …

Visualizing East Asia's Explosive Urban Growth

A winning data visualization highlights the successes—and perils—of the recent East Asian city boom.<p>In January, the World Bank released a monster report—an eBook, really—on the rise of urban East Asia. Between 2000 and 2010, the international financial institution reported, nearly 200 million …

Can We Make Our Cities Smarter?

<i>Photo credit: © 2015 Mike Watson</i><p>By: Dr. Hollie Russon-Gilman, Beeck Center Fellow. Originally appeared on Brookings "Tech Tank" on May 20 ,2015.<p>Cities are gaining momentum as incubators for innovation. There is much excitement about the idea of cities as "laboratories of democracy." As a result, …

Making cities competitive – What will it take?

Cities are the future. They are where people live and work. They are where growth happens and where innovation takes place. But they are also poles …

What are the world’s migration ‘mega-cities?’

Migration remains ‘essentially an urban affair’ according to a new report published by the International Organisation for Migration. The <i>World</i> …

Cities Can Save Money by Investing in Natural Infrastructure for Water | World Resources Institute

By 2030, the world is projected to spend an estimated $10 trillion on repairing and expanding water infrastructure. Dams and treatment plants are …

Is climate change about to claim its first cities?

A new study suggests that by the end of the century, parts of the Middle East may become uninhabitable for human beings. Extreme heatwaves could …

5 lessons from the world’s most successful cities

Imagine a bank note. It’s lying there on the footpath 20 feet ahead of us. We are walking down Wangfujing Street in Beijing, or maybe Fifth Avenue in …

How a crowd-sourced map changed Kuala Lumpur’s ideas about cycling

How do you go about making a city where 93% of households own a car more bike-friendly? By crowd-sourcing a cycle map – and getting the mayor on board<p>“I was a bit naive,” admits Jeffrey Lim. “I thought it would be easy.” In Lim’s bright studio in Kuala Lumpur, bike wheels adorn the walls and a …

4 ways to get on with building Smart Cities. And the societal failure that stops us using them.

(William Robinson Leigh’s 1908 painting “Visionary City” envisaged future cities constructed from mile-long buildings of hundreds of storeys …

Smart Cities

Researchers developing drones to autonomously repair the cities of the future

A lot of time and effort goes into keeping our cities in working order. Potholes need filling, power lines need maintaining and street light globes …

The Future of Global Development, Mapped

Urbanization, agriculture, and energy could gobble up 20 percent of the world’s remaining natural land by 2050.<p>By 2050, the world’s population is projected to approach nine billion. With more people will come more developed land—a lot more.<p>Urbanization, agriculture, energy, and mining put 20 …

Globalization

New smartphone app to monitor agricultural water use

Researchers have developed a new smartphone app that will allow farmers and experts in US to monitor water requirements of agricultural fields by …

Amsterdam: A Master Plan for Smart Cities

International<p>Urbana World / October 15, 2015 / 0<p><i>Future Cities is a collaboration between Skift and MasterCard</i> <i>exploring how major destinations are</i> …

New Interactive Map Shows How Rising Seas Will Swallow US Cities

Where the streets have no name.<p>While there’s unarguably greater awareness than ever that man-made climate change is contributing to global warming …

Sea Level

Water Should Become an Asset in ‘Smart Liveable Cities’

Written by AZoCleantech<p>Too much water, too little water, or contaminated water. Cities around the world are facing major water-related challenges. …

7 cities that don't have any cars

In attempt to give Parisians a chance to experience a Paris sans the pollution and dangers of cars, vehicles were banned from certain parts of the city, including major destinations like around the Eiffel Tower, Champs Élysées, Notre Dame Cathedral and the Left Bank.<p>According to <i>The Guardian</i>, the …

Bike Lanes

State Department Embraces Cities As Key To Meeting Climate Goals

Mayors from 19 cities are meeting in Washington to talk about cutting planet-warming emissions.<p>WASHINGTON -- The State Department thinks cities are essential to unlocking meaningful climate change commitments and is hosting mayors from around the world on Thursday to demonstrate that.<p>The State …

Why a Fitness-Tracking App Is Selling Its Data to City Planners

Strava, a popular fitness-tracking app for runners and cyclists, just announced a new initiative. Because the app collects so much location …

The truth about property developers: how they are exploiting planning authorities and ruining our cities

“I always said you should never trust a bank with property, or a property developer with money,” says Peter Rees. The former chief planner of the City of London should know about such things, having presided over the results of both. Over the last 30 years, he has ushered in a menagerie of their …