London earns top spot as ‘City of Opportunity’
London has earned the top spot in PwC’s latest study of “Cities of Opportunity,” which looks at a range of characteristics and ranks 30 global cities on their overall performance. “Changing demographics, shifts in economic power and the concepts of urbanization being realized are the forces taking the world... Read more
21 European cities are finalists in Bloomberg Mayors’ Challenge
Twenty-one European cities have been chosen as finalists in the 2013-2014 Mayors’ Challenge competition to find innovative solutions to city problems. The competition is Bloomberg Philanthropies’ first in Europe. The organization, established by former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, held a similar competition in the US in 2013.... Read more
What makes a city attractive? Walkability, affordability, sharing
People think it’s more important for cities to invest in affordable living, alternative transportation, walkability and schools than to recruit new companies to the area. According to a survey by the American Planning Association (APA), 74 percent of Millenials (ages 21 – 34) would prefer to see cities attract... Read more
World’s megacities pick up pace on climate action
Leaders in the world’s largest cities almost universally recognize that climate change poses a “significant risk.” And they’re stepping up efforts to prepare for and minimize those risks in a number of ways. Cities in the C40 Climate Leadership Group have doubled the number of climate-focused actions they’ve taken... Read more
To prepare for future, cities need goals and political will
How do you solve a pressing big-city problem? One way is to summon the political will to find and implement an actual solution. This is what Copenhagen is doing to reduce its carbon emissions and dependence on fossil fuels. With a goal of becoming the “first carbon neutral capital”... Read more
Smart-city news in review: Oct. 18, 2013
As of Oct. 17, 2013, the European Union has achieved 100-percent basic broadband coverage across the continent. “Europe needs lightning-speed connectivity,” said Neelie Kroes, vice president of the European Commission. “We cannot leave some companies and citizens behind. Now we have basic broadband achieved, we have to immediately focus... Read more
‘Smarter’ isn’t enough … cities also need ‘better’
Will the average resident of a city enjoy better opportunities for learning, entertainment and work with access to high-speed broadband? There’s no doubt that the answer is “Yes.” And will the typical person who commutes to a busy central business district every day benefit from a smart traffic system... Read more
Smart-city news in review: Oct. 11, 2013
The Guggenheim Museum has opened (Oct. 10, 2013) an exhibition called “Participatory City: 100 Urban Trends from the BMW Guggenheim Lab.” The exhibit features ideas drawn from a traveling lab that traveled to Berlin, Mumbai and New York and was designed to explore new ways of thinking about cities.... Read more
To future-proof cities, think beyond the borders
To their credit, lots of city leaders concerned about the future livability of their communities have been taking to heart the old wisdom about “thinking globally, acting locally.” In places like Europe, where the EU has established long-range sustainability goals, some cities have already gone well above and beyond... Read more
Today I went to a collaborative workshop held by the Department of Business, Innovation and Skills on funding smart cities. The event was to capture the ideas of people who work in the smart cities industry to attempt to lay down some standards. The British Standards Institution was there... Read more