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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 …

SheTaxi: mobility and entrepreneurship for women

SheTaxi is a revolutionary public-private transport service initiative by women, for women. Kerala’s all-women taxi service won the Chief Minister’s Award for Innovation in Public Policy 2015 for making strides in entrepreneurship and inclusion. SheTaxi is the flagship project of Gender Park. It was launched in 2013 in Kerala, India and has since gained much …

The New Urban Agenda: priorities for the next two decades

The New Urban Agenda is the defining document of the Habitat III conference in Quito, Ecuador, where urbanists from around the world gathered to discuss solutions for future urban development. It has been intensely negotiated over the last months and has gone through many changes, but the final version, found here, was ratified at the …

How tech companies can integrate into a city

Until recently, tech firms were setting up headquarters outside major metropolitan areas, sprawling out of cities to create business ‘villages’ where everyone was working in the same industry. One of the best examples is Silicon Valley, a well-known center that brought together major tech players and start-ups. However, these businesses have started to move their offices …

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How cities can adapt to the sharing economy

The sharing economy is a promising concept, but it’s still far from perfect. People use platforms such as Uber, Lyft or AirBnb to supplement their incomes, socialize and access various resources without having to spend large sums at a time to acquire them. But researchers Solomon Greene and John McGinty wrote a paper where they argue …

Does gentrification inevitably cause displacement?

Gentrification has been widely debated in the United States lately, as long-time residents of neighborhoods are being priced out by wealthier residents who flow back into these areas, and minority groups are said to be affected the most. A review done by researchers at the University of California Berkeley and UCLA, published by the Federal …

A simple idea to help the homeless, in Albuquerque

Albuquerque is celebrating the one year anniversary of the city’s successful “There’s a Better Way” program, which hires panhandlers to work in maintenance jobs and also aims to connect them with services. Mayor Richard Berry was driving around Albuquerque last year when he saw a man on a street corner holding a sign that read: …

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7 cities compete to design the city of the future

Seven American cities spent 6 months competing for a $40 million prize from the US Department of Transportation. The challenge was designing the city of the future by juggling three big ideas: automation, climate change and urban inequality.  Here are the cities and their proposals: SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA Problem: High density of vehicles which leads …

Urbanization and homelessness

As the pace of urbanization increases, efforts to address one of the most visible problems of inclusion – homelessness – are comparatively inadequate. The world is urbanizing at an alarming rate, and with alarming results. Urban landscapes are now the most visible sign of gross inequality, modern glass and steel skyscrapers sitting next to makeshift …