The Airbnb effect: Melbourne, Berlin and Amsterdam edition

Airbnb has opened up opportunities for tourists to break away from the norm and enjoy the city as locals do. With millions of people worldwide renting their homes for short stays and shaking up the tourism industry, how did the cities adjust? Melbourne, Berlin and Amsterdam showcase different reactions to the online platform. Melbourne was …

Sustainable governance through collaborative planning

Governments are not set up for rapid change. By implementing collaborative planning strategies or collaborative rationality, there is an opportunity for sustainable governance. Utilizing collaborative planning strategies, decisions are made through the interaction of various stakeholders to reach a decision regarding the problems that exist within a system. In order to reach a consensus, cohesive …

UHub at EU “Investing in Europe” conference

UHub was present yesterday at the high level conference Investing in Europe: building a coalition of smart cities & regions towards a Third Industrial Revolution, hosted by the European Committee of the Regions. The seminar was co-hosted by Maroš Šefčovič, Vice President of the European Commission and Markku Markkula, President of the European Committee of the Regions …

Curitiba, Brazil: the world’s first sustainable city

Although there’s a lot of talk about cities that are sustainable, green and built for people, you’ve probably never heard much about the city of Curitiba, the capital of the Parana province in Brazil and the eighth most populous city in the country. Curitiba may not be in the news as much as other cities …

Jeremy Rifkin on the Third Industrial Revolution and ETS

Renown economist and long-time advisor to the EU Commission, Jeremy Rifkin, is the principal architect of the Third Industrial Revolution long-term economic sustainability plan to address the triple challenge of the global economic crisis, energy security, and climate change. He argues that the Emission Trading System set up by the EU in 2005 is a …

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Smart cities: trends and challenges

As a result of intense urban migration and the “unplanned” development of our cities, several solutions have been developed and tested in different fields since the 80s. A consequence of these attempts to solve urban problems is the rise of the “Smart City” concept. Around the world, old cities have been retrofitted and some brand …

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Sustainable cities: the challenge of pollution

In developed countries, after decades of high-pollution landfill practices, waste collection and waste treatment systems have moved toward the recovery of materials (recycling and re-use) and of energy (incineration). These less polluting activities have made our trash a profitable industry with excellent market expectations, consequently attracting energy multinationals and recycling companies, as well as mafia groups. …

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C40 Mayors Summit: cities lead fight against climate change

The C40 Mayors Summit took place during the first days of December in Mexico City, gathering officials from 90 cities as well as industry leaders to discuss the issue of climate change and the radical measures cities have to take in order to combat its effects. The Summit comes after the historic Paris Climate Agreement came …

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Vienna: urban planning for women

Vienna’s foray into gender mainstreaming started in 2000. Today, the city’s overhaul of infrastructure and public spaces make it a model of inclusion and urban planning. It all started with a questionnaire from 1999 that highlighted a stark contrast in the way men and women made use of the infrastructure. While men usually only travelled …