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How technology in cities can help deliver a sustainable future

How technology in cities can help deliver a sustainable future

Our reliance on technology is undeniable. It ensures we have potable water in our taps and that food is available on the supermarket shelves. Technology continues to change our lives and this dependence is only likely to accelerate given that, in 2010, we passed the historic milestone of having the majority of the world's population live in cities. As we consider the implications, the…

The Business of Running Cities

The Business of Running Cities

Consider an industry that has annual revenues of $1.8 trillion (as of 2011) in the United States alone – and probably multiples of that globally. It serves billions of customers, providing “services” such as education, health, transportation and security.  This “industry” is the business of running cities; i.e. delivering urban services, a space that many…

How much economic growth comes from our cities?

How much economic growth comes from our cities?

Cities are mankind’s most enduring and stable mode of social organization, outlasting all empires and nations over which they have presided. Today cities have become the world’s dominant demographic and economic clusters. As Christopher Chase-Dunn has pointed out, it is not population or territorial size that drives world-city status, but economic weight, proximity to zones of…

Gender Equality for Smart Cities

Gender Equality for Smart Cities

Challenges and Progress We live in an increasingly urban world where providing healthy and safe living environments, productive economies and equitable social benefits are challenges facing towns and cities globally. Today, just over half the world’s people live in urban areas, and we expect the percentage of urban dwellers to rise to 70 per cent by 2050. An important dimension of urban…

Young People's Appropriations of Work and Education in the City

Young People's Appropriations of Work and Education in the City

"It is employers who create jobs" If cities are to help young people to get the jobs they need, then engaging with employers is pivotal to success. Success requires the creation of more and better jobs for young people to do. It means employers, large and small, public and private, from local start-ups and microbusinesses to national and international corporations with branches in the…

Trees as Public Health Infrastructure

Trees as Public Health Infrastructure

Planting trees is an incredibly cheap and simple way to improve the well-being of people in a city. A novel idea: Public health institutions should be financing urban greenery to support well-being and air quality. “It’s not enough to just talk about why trees are important for health.” Think of a tree-lined street in the midst of a busy city. It feels like something of a…

The rapid growth of cities - health services facing challenges

The rapid growth of cities - health services facing challenges

Urbanization is linked to a range of health issues; improving the health of people in cities is a central concern of government and international institutions The relentless growth of urban populations is driving city and national governments to increase access to healthcare while tackling the root causes of poor health. Rapid, uncontrolled urbanization strains many aspects of city life that…

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