The Urban Sustainability Framework: a comprehensive guide for more livable cities

Making cities smart is one thing. But making them green and sustainable in the future takes them to a higher level. Making cities sustainable makes them even smarter. This is what the World Bank and the Global Environment Facility could have had in mind when they first conceived and launched the Urban Sustainability Framework (USF) …

Google to build North America’s largest smart city

It’s official! Google’s Sidewalk Lab and Waterfront Toronto have agreed to carve down the Quayside area in Canada’s largest city as the “test bed” for what many has called the “city of the future.” Some call it a bold experiment. Others are skeptical of allowing algorithm creators to take control of lives of city dwellers. Still …

Why do walkable cities matter?

New York, Paris, Melbourne and Vancouver—what do they have in common? These cities are widely regarded as among the most pedestrian-friendly and most walkable cities in the world. What is a walkable city? Emily Talen and Julia Koschinsky of Arizona State University have this to say: “…a neighborhood type defined by services within walking distance of …

URBIS – The new European advisory service for cities

The “Urban Investment Support” was recently launched by the European Commission and the European Investment Bank with the aim of helping cities plan investments. Consequently, their urban development strategies would be supported and there would be easier access to financing. Precisely this access to financing remains one of the biggest issues that cities have to …

Paris – The European Capital of Innovation in 2017

The European Commission organized its annual “European Capital of Innovation Award” and out of the 32 cities that applied, the winner was announced on 7 November at the Web Summit in Lisbon, Portugal. Due to its unique innovative spirit, usually implemented through projects such as the world’s largest start-up campus, the innovation arc or urban farms, …

Singapore’s plans for a car-lite future

Singapore is already considered one of the greatest cities to work and live in, due to its easy access to high-quality, efficient public transportation. Further efforts now attempt to establish the state as a “car-lite” nation by 2030, making public transport account for 75% of rush hour commutes. Besides boosting the use of public transport, …