Wise Cities: resilience, sustainability and well-being

The 20th century has seen the explosion of megalopolises around the globe. Cities have attracted and concentrated a massive number of people, generating new problems of management and creating huge challenges not only for the public sector – in managing limited resources – but also for the private sector by pushing companies to promote continuous …

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Urban farming and soft mobility: transforming cities

Alongside the green areas that need to be added in big cities to make them more livable and sustainable, producing food in cities is essential in terms of food security. Urban farmers can produce locally and spend less on transportation, packaging and storage, and sell directly to local markets with fresher products at competitive prices. …

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Sustainable cities: myths, realities and hopes

In recent decades, a series of economic and demographic changes transformed our living landscapes and lifestyles. Today over 54% of the world population lives in urban areas, while in the 1960s two thirds of the world population was living in rural environments. Considering geo-economic disparities, developed countries tend to be more urbanized than developing countries, although poorer …

UrbanizeHub at Different City – Smart City in Bucharest

Urbanizehub was at the 1st edition of the ‘Different City – Smart City’ Conference which was held in Bucharest, Romania in the first week of November 2016. The Conference’s main theme was ‘Innovation and New Technologies in Managing Cities Today and in Planning of the Smart Cities of Tomorrow’, and it was organized by the …

“Cities lead, nations follow” – How and why cities are defining this century

Following our article “Embracing the metropolitan revolution”, we now turn our focus to why cities should lead decision-making in the 21st century and how cities can take this lead.  It is time to rethink the power hierarchy and define which system can empower citizens the most in order to face current economic and social challenges.  Why …

Embracing the metropolitan revolution

Millenials are voting for urban communities where they can live, work and play. There is a shift in the way cities are being run and the way they are reinventing their identity. Through innovation and creativity and the impulse of new public-private partnerships, cities are becoming the center of a metropolitan revolution.  A new open innovation …

Can Pokemon Go help us interact more with our city?

It has been without doubt the gaming sensation of the summer. Pokémon Go has not just taken over our smartphones, it has also taken over our streets. The game is quite simple, one must catch these virtual animal-like creatures and train them for virtual battles. However, this new phenomenon might also have the potential to …

E-waste, a growing problem

You might be using your laptop, phone or dearest tablet to read this article. Today, tech gazettes are everywhere, and without them we all feel empty. But these things break, or we quickly move on to better ones even if they’re still working. Due to rapid technological development, higher incomes and demand in all aspects …

Cities Alive – Rethinking green infrastructure

‘Cities Alive – Rethinking green infrastructure’ is a report focused on  the role of green infrastructure in addressing the challenges of the 21st century. The report was the product of a collaboration between the Landscape Architecture and Foresight & Research & Innovation teams at Arup and has involved a wide range of specialists. In the …

How to keep cities moving

Heavy traffic, long commutes, and environmental concerns – especially air pollution – are giving US city dwellers good reasons to consider alternative modes of transportation. In this article, we look at the forces that are reshaping urban mobility, and we consider how these forces are playing out in different types of cities. We conclude with a …