Opportunity in empty spaces – Oberhausen, Germany

The old central railway station in Oberhausen was designed in the Bauhaus style, with clean lines and a boxy clock tower.  Once the center of a busy industrial district fostering an enormous steel factory, Oberhausen represented the heart of Germany’s industrial might. Today, the factory is gone, many of the surrounding buildings are largely unused, and …

Naples – a city of pollution and congestion

One of the most polluted cities of Italy is Naples (or Napoli), and it is currently facing a multitude of environmental and infrastructural issues. The waste crisis, the streets full of potholes, the unbreathable air, the high pollution and the congestion all affect the development of the city and, implicitly, its citizens. Naples is renowned for …

How alternative philanthropy builds community

Most people are familiar with traditional forms of giving and philanthropy. On a small level this might look like volunteering work hours and donating a percentage of your income to a charity or nonprofit of your choice. On a larger scale we see philanthropy take shape through foundations and corporate giving. They are models that …

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. …

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 …

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 …

The reinvention of Medellin

It has gained its fame from Netflix’s hit show “Narcos” and through tales about drug-lord Pablo Escobar, but truth is that Medellin is now being recognised for much more than that. The Colombian city has opted for urbanism and architecture in order to tackle unemployment and crime. This strategy is turning Medellin into a world-renowned hub for urban innovation …