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Inclusivity, Resilience and Safety Key for Successful City Development

Inclusivity, Resilience and Safety Key for Successful City Development

The security of cities is not limited to the question of effective policing but it also entails the removal of impediments to successful urban development, such as the risk of fragmentation along ethnic, national, religious, sectarian or socio-economic lines. Cooperation and inclusion can transform the safety of urban environments, while also promoting other economic benefits. The perception…

USC at the Global Festival of Action for Sustainable Development

USC at the Global Festival of Action for Sustainable Development

The Global Festival of Action for Sustainable Development is a ground-breaking annual event powered by the UN SDG Action Campaign with the support of the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development. The Festival will bring together the global community taking action to make the Sustainable Development Goals a reality. It will recognize and celebrate the innovators, conveners…

Climate Change vs. Cities

Climate Change vs. Cities

At this, the height of a very warm summer and in the midst of a year that’s predicted to become the hottest on record, it’s clear that cities are major contributors to climate change. While urban residents are vulnerable to the so-called heat island effect, cities also offer great promise for solutions. The challenge for public health researchers is to realize the potential of…

Cities Facing Climate Change

Cities Facing Climate Change

The effects of urbanization and climate change are converging in dangerous ways. Cities are major contributors to climate change: although they cover less than 2 per cent of the earth’s surface, cities consume 78 per cent of the world’s energy and produce more than 60% of all carbon dioxide and significant amounts of other greenhouse gas emissions, mainly through energy generation,…

Get Ready for Skyscrapers made of wood. (Yes, wood)

Get Ready for Skyscrapers made of wood. (Yes, wood)

WHEN CHICAGO’S JOHN Hancock Center was built in 1965, it required 5 million pounds of aluminum, roughly enough metal to manufacture the equivalent of 96 tour buses. Five years later, engineers did Hancock one better when they constructed the Sears Tower, a 1,400 foot skyscraper that used more than 176 million pounds of steel. Chicago has always been a city defined by metal and…

The way to become a Smart Sustainable City

The way to become a Smart Sustainable City

Why do cities need KPIs? Cities are the hubs of innovation that drive economic development, however, in the nascent period of a city’s growth, urbanization can have adverse effects on the environment and on its citizens. As we move forth on striving to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), cities have been encouraged to use information and communication technologies (ICTs) to…

The invisible people in India’s smartest cities

The invisible people in India’s smartest cities

Why our facilities need to be made disabled- and elderly-friendly through thoughtful design It was one of those days after you get a new job and you are full of zeal to reach your workplace. I have always been a sucker for time and it was my second day at work. I was zipping through the stairs when I stepped on to something greasy. The next thing I knew, I was flying down a flight of stairs. At…

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