The Smart+Connected Communities Institute has published the e-book Smart Cities ExposÃ©: 10 Cities in Transition 2012. Via a series of conversations with key experts, the book highlights the efforts of ten cities with different profiles which try to reinvent themselves through the use of ICT.
Smart phones have miraculously enabled people to stay connected, informed, and entertained, even in transit. We can now text, tweet, Skype, check Facebook updates, email in-boxes, Pandora channels and news feeds from a
The Summit that will take place in Paris 14-16 May 2012 is organized by the New Cities Foundation aims at placing the city at the heart of the global discussion. According to the organizers this by invitation-only event is new in both content and form.
Smart growth is the trend of the future. All cities, from top-ranked Vienna, Austria to the developing metropolis of Lagos, Nigeria have embarked on ambitious smart city programmes aiming towards goals such as higher densities, compact mixed-uses and transit orientation. But even though smart growth has a number of very important and widely beneficial advantages, is it what modern city-dwellers really want?
The Economist Intelligence Unit, a sister company of The Economist, has devised a new index which ranks the competitiveness of the most prominent cities across the globe according to their demonstrated ability to attract capital, businesses, talent and visitors.
Over the next 10-15 years, our relationship to energy will enter a new phase, framed by the stark reality of carbon emission-driven climate change, and a rising energy demand around the globe. Whether we like it, or are ready for it, an emerging “energopolitics” will reshape everything from what we consume, how we live, why we work, and ultimately, the condition of our planet.
Canadian cities frequently appear in the top positions in global rankings for the cities with the best quality of life, and they are equally challenging in terms of vibrancy, enterpreneurial spirit and creative and civic culture.