19 NOVEMBER 2013

World Bank to Help Cities Boost Efficiency for Improved Services, Cost Savings, Reduced Emissions

The World Bank has launched a new initiative in conjunction with the Smart City Expo World Congress. The City Energy Efficiency Transformation Initiative will work with developing country cities to integrate energy efficiency into their planning and operations, helping them to save money, improve and expand municipal services, and reduce pollution and greenhouse gas emissions.

The City Energy Efficiency Transformation Initiative (CEETI)

13 NOVEMBER 2013

The future of cities, examined in a PSFK report

PSFK, an organization of repute in the development of future scenarios and trends has developed a report that reviews various trends related to cities, from aspects of technological transformation to new dynamics, practices and formats in the development of urban elements.

The future of cities

13 NOVEMBER 2013

British Government launches its smart city industry strategy

In October 2013 the British government launched an initiative under its science and technology policy to make the most of economic opportunities arising from smart cities. Its aim is to align the capacities of scientific and technological agents and industry to lead this market and its global opportunities in the coming years.

UK government launches a smart city industry strategy

13 NOVEMBER 2013

Challenges for transparency and open data from civic innovation

The book Beyond Transparency: Open Data and the Future of Civic Innovation contains a series of chapters that review the main challenges that open data poses for the renewed management of governments (from state to local level) and what role innovation and citizen involvement can play. It represents a multi-disciplinary and ambitious approach to one of the most important trends of change for local governments.

Open Data and the Future of Civic Innovation

13 NOVEMBER 2013

Minor changes can bring big changes

In recent years Janette Sadik- Khan, transportation commissioner of New York City, has launched striking changes in the way space in the city and the dominant role of the pedestrian in public life are understood. In this video she explains her approach to small changes that can bring about large changes in the city.

Janette Sadik-Khan: New York's streets? Not so mean any more

13 NOVEMBER 2013

The new utopia of smart cities

Anthony M. Townsend recently published his book about smart cities and citizens' role in them. This article contains an excerpt from the book and serves as a good introduction to his approach.

Is a city a tree? Foursquare and urban pattern languages

22 OCTOBER 2013

Cities as a Lab: Designing the Innovation Economy

The American Institute of Architects (AIA) has prepared a comprehensive report on different urban projects that demonstrate how design can promote innovation processes in the city through urban planning, public participation or economic promotion.

Cities as a Lab

22 OCTOBER 2013

Infographics for understanding the challenges facing cities

To mark the holding of the World Summit of Local and Regional Leaders, the Global Network of Cities , Local and Regional Governments has prepared a series of infographics on challenges in urban management and its main trends, which serve as a good starting point for approaching the most pressing urban challenges.

Infographics to better understand local and regional governments' concerns

22 OCTOBER 2013

Creative solutions for cities

Veolia has published a handbook in the guise of a catalogue of solutions and projects related to advanced management of materials such as water, energy, mobility, urban planning and public services.

The handbook of innovations for cities and regions

22 OCTOBER 2013

Looking for smart citizens

Waag Society has published, as part of Amsterdam Urban Innovation Week 2013, a short article serving as a manifesto in which it highlights some defining aspects of a civic attitude of smart citizenship.

A Manifesto for Smart Citizens

22 OCTOBER 2013

The European Union seeks its innovation capital

Just as the EU promoted the European Capital of Culture and the European Green Capital, it now launches a competition to award the designation of European Capital of Innovation (iCapital), which is now open to submissions.

European Capital of Innovation Award - iCapital

22 OCTOBER 2013

The importance of urban centres

Centre for Cities has published a study that analyses focusing on the reality of British cities, the strategic interest of fostering and promoting economic growth in city centres.

Beyond the High Street

22 OCTOBER 2013

The sharing movement and urban policies

Shareable has prepared a report on the role that local governments can play through their rules, regulations and incentives in developing policies that actively support the sharing movement on issues like food, mobility, housing or employment.

Policies for Shareable Cities

22 OCTOBER 2013

Mapping digital social innovation in Europe

A European project, Digital Social Innovation, led by NESTA and with ESADE, FutureEverything, IRI, Swirrl and Waag Society as partners, kicks off its activities by mapping the actors and initiatives related to the promotion of social innovation through digital tools.

10 OCTOBER 2013

FT Urban Ingenuity finalists selected

The Financial Times announced a competition a few months ago to identify and reward the most innovative urban initiatives and with greatest social impact in various regions of the world. This report contains profiles of the strongest contenders and explains how a priori small interventions can have great capacity to generate social benefits.

FT urban ingenuity

10 OCTOBER 2013

Seoul promotes its sharing city strategy

Seoul is the first city in the world that poses a public policy of incentives and promotion of the sharing economy as a future investment for generating new business and employment in the city adapted to new social and economic dynamics.

Is Seoul the Next Great Sharing City?

10 OCTOBER 2013

Productivity and prosperity for competitive cities

In this article the World Bank reviews some relevant ideas on how to boost the competitiveness of urban economies in an urban world where new local actors have emerged in the global economy.

Competitive Cities: Driving Productivity and Prosperity

10 OCTOBER 2013

Sensors, new city dwellers

The most obvious sign that the internet of things in the city is the growing presence of urban sensors, associated with different services (parking, energy, air quality...). This brief article reviews some direct applications of this technology in concrete solutions implemented in large cities.

City sensors: the internet of things is taking over our cities

10 OCTOBER 2013

The creative economy and creative spaces

Creative Space Explorer is an initiative that catalogues co-working spaces and other specialized spaces that foster creativity in the world.

Mapping Creative Spaces Around The World

10 OCTOBER 2013

New York, 12 years of changes in the Bloomberg administration

With the end of Mayor Bloomberg's term of office, The New York Times has published this amazing infographic showing the physical changes that have occurred in urban management in these 12 years of tenure.

The Bloomberg Years: Reshaping New York

10 OCTOBER 2013

Melbourne leads the quality of life index 2013

The Economist Intelligence Unit recently published its report on quality of life in major cities of the world and Melbourne again tops the list.

The Melbourne supremacy

10 OCTOBER 2013

The 10 cities leading the fight for sustainability

Siemens C40 (Cities Climate Leadership Group) recently announced the winners of the City Climate Leadership Awards which recognize ten cities' efforts to lead innovative projects in transport, energy, adaptation to climate change, air quality and sustainable economic development, among others.

City Climate Leadership Awards

10 OCTOBER 2013

Aligning open government and open data

In this article, Anthony Townsend reflects on the relationship between open data and open government to foster change and solutions in public services through public consultation.

Smart Government and Big, Open Data: The Trickle-Up Effect


Urban Observatory, a new visualization tool to compare cities

Urban Observatory is a platform for viewing data about the real-time running of cities, data is represented on maps that reflect different urban variables, ranging from land use to traffic systems.

The Atlantic Cities


Analysing the feasibility of implementing urban technology projects

The UK's Technology Strategy Board has published a report analysing the feasibility of projects presented in response to its invitation to submit demonstrator projects on the future of cities and the use of new technologies. It is a broad collection of different types of projects for implementing technology in British cities.

Solutions for Cities: An analysis of the feasibility studies from the Future Cities Demonstrator Programme


The strategic position of smart city sector companies

A study by Navigant Research analyses the strategic positioning of the leading players in the global market for smart cities, assessing their ability to drive long-term projects and the capabilities of their offer.

Navigant Research Leaderboard Report: Smart City Suppliers


Creativity, innovation and urban life

A new article published by Salon reviews the relationship between city living and the individual and group development of creative skills, highlighting how creative thinking benefits from the diversity and contacts available in cities.

City living breeds creative genius


Digital innovation in local government

This article selects various noteworthy projects in which the redesign of various public services using digital solutions has led to new improvements in these government entities and improved relations between the general public and local authorities.

Digital innovation in local government: projects from around the world

19 June 2013

Public policies for promoting fablabs

This article examines the role that public policies can play in encouraging the extension of fablabs as experiences and collaborative platforms for community production and digital manufacturing. As an illustration, particular attention is given to the case of the city of Barcelona as an especially advanced example of these decentralized production laboratories.

First attempt at policies for FabLabs

19 June 2013

China has a plan: to move over 250 million more people into its cities

A new report gives an update on China's urbanization plans, and reflects on the scale of the enormous demographic change that is taking place (and one that will continue for the foreseeable future) to move millions of people from rural environments into China's massive urban centres.

China's Great Uprooting: Moving 250 Million Into Cities

19 June 2013

Stockholm, a leading city for the green economy

LSE Cities has published an analysis that looks at Stockholm as a city with a long track record in transforming its territorial and economic model into one of sustainability. The report aims to illustrate the benefits of a low carbon economy, more compact urban development and an efficient and innovative model for public transport.

Stockholm Green Economy Leader Report

19 June 2013

A manifesto for human smart cities

The European Peripheria project has gathered together the main conclusions of the research undertaken by several of its partners over recent years in the form of a manifesto. The intention of the Human Smart Cities Manifesto is to serve as an inspiration for understanding the role of the citizen in smart cities.

The Human Smart Cities Manifesto

19 June 2013

The world map of start-ups

The article draws on data from the SeedTable ranking to analyse which cities across the world embrace the most initiatives related to the creation of high-tech companies and the role of venture capital in founding start-ups, resulting in a complex map of the cities that are the main participants in the new economic and technological landscape.

The New Global Start-Up Cities

31 May 2013

The adaptable city

EUROPAN is a well-known architectural competition held every two years on a Europe-wide basis that seeks out new concepts for urban development. The latest edition, the twelfth since its inception in 1988, is looking to explore new ways of adapting the city and adjusting the way spaces and facilities are used to take into account new realities and requirements.

Europan Europe

31 May 2013

Which cities are taking the lead in the field of global scientific production?

A study published recently in Nature's Scientific Reports offers an overview of the spatial distribution of scientific production throughout the world and its impact (measured in academic citations). Using data based on the field of physics, the survey and its accompanying iso-charts show an uneven distribution concentrated on metropolitan areas, confirming the importance of cities in terms of scientific advances.

The Atlantic Cities

31 MAY 2013

The benefits of smart transportation projects

Smart transportation projects are taking the lead in urban innovation according to a study in Navigant Research. The main channels of investigation in this field are reviewed along with the results of projects undertaken on the subjects of predictive analysis, traffic flow management, driver communication with the transport system and the optimization of car park use.

Smart Cities Council

31 MAY 2013

Agile cities for a world in constant flux

Agile Cities has recently published a report entitled Faster, smarter, greener. The state of city innovation on climate change and other urban challenges, which gives the results of a survey carried out in fifty cities throughout the world on their use of information and communication technologies to improve their agility and flexibility in the formulation of policies to fight climate change and promote sustainability.

Agile Cities

31 MAY 2013

Open innovation and the Living Labs model for smart cities

The annual European Commission report Open Innovation 2.0 Yearbook 2013 provides an excellent framework for understanding the relationship between the concepts of collaborative innovation and the dynamics of urban innovation. It includes a review of various examples of open innovation in smart city projects in which, in many cases, Living Labs and the use of participatory and crowdsourcing strategies have led to the formulation of smart city projects.

Digital Agenda for Europe

15 May 2013

The unstoppable ascent of world bike-sharing systems

The map headlining this article reflects one of the leading trends in urban mobility of recent times. Bike-sharing has taken root in the cities of every continent through different formulas of citizen services and use, and the dense network of cities shown in the map demonstrates that this is a highly-developed service which has evolved towards a new generation of systems in which integration with other modes of transport and other public services has helped it to expand. Although the map also features certain systems that are no longer active - which also shows that in many cases they were set up without sufficiently solid financial backing - it offers an excellent tool for accessing all the existing bike-sharing systems around the world and providing updated information on them.


15 May 2013

Big data and the potential of quantitative urbanism

Recent developments in the potential of using the big data derived from urban services is enlarging the playing field from the perspective of quantitative urbanism. This emerging approach, based on the use of patterns, formulae and data to understand the way a city works, is winning plaudits as a discipline capable of shaping a kind of 'city science'. This wide-ranging article details the visions of some of the people and institutions working in this field and highlights the contributions of scientists such as Geoffrey West, the work of the Centre for Advanced Spatial Analysis at University College London, and the recent launch of the Center for Urban Science and Progress in New York as a centre specializing in the concentration of Big Data-based knowledge applied to cities.

Blog Smithsonianmag

15 May 2013

The future of research on smart cities

The Centre for Advanced Spatial Analysis of University College London published, in its Working Paper 188 in October 2012, an interesting approach to the challenges and objectives involved in academic research of smart cities. It states the response the academia must give to different stakeholders to provide valuable knowledge about the relationship between technology and urban life. The contribution from such a highly specialized centre is of equal interest for local authorities, industry and the general public.

UCL Working Paper Series

15 May 2013

The mobility of the future: will we really see driverless cars?

It still seems too early to see driverless cars as a common feature of our city streets. But everything points to the fact that, sooner or later, they'll be here. Indeed, the first prototypes are already driving around certain cities in something more than just a pilot scheme, and in non-urban areas (logistics centres, for example) their use is already fairly widespread. This article goes over the necessary conditions for their introduction and the prospects for their definitive implementation, and it gives an insight into some of the transformations this may entail in terms of the design of transport systems, commuter behaviour, road safety and the impact on the automotive industry in its different sectors.

The Economist

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