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The three most resilient cities? They’re all in Canada | Cities | theguardian.com   Leave a comment

The three most resilient cities? They’re all in Canada | Cities | theguardian.com.

” For perhaps the first time, someone has tried to qualify the resilience of cities. Grosvenor, the London-based property company led by the Duke of Westminster, analysed more than 100 independently verified data sets in order to determine two key elements of what makes a city resilient: its “vulnerability” on the one hand, and its “adaptive capacity” on the other.

Vulnerability was measured by looking at climate threats, environmental degradation (including pollution and overconsumption due to sprawl), resources (particularly access to energy), infrastructure and community cohesion. Weakness in any of those areas reduced a city’s score.

Adaptive capacity, or a city’s ability to prevent and mitigate serious threats, was a combination of governance (high value here on democracy, freedom of speech, community participation, transparency, accountability and long-term leadership vision), strong institutions, learning capacity (including good technical universities), disaster planner and finally funding (from budget to credit and access to global funding).

Rob Ford and ice storms notwithstanding, Toronto tops the list, following by Vancouver and Calgary and closely trailed by several US cities. London is 18th, suffering as Grosvenor pointed out from social tensions due to lack of affordable housing. Eight of the weakest 20 cities are in the Bric countries of Brazil, Russia, India and China, where blistering economic growth has not yet led to long-term resilience. One particularly disturbing trend is that some of the least resilient cities on the list are also the ones where the population is expected to grow fastest. “

Posted April 15, 2014 by arnoneumann in Cities, Resilience

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A City Is (Not) A Tree: New Models of Urban Space – YouTube   Leave a comment

A City Is (Not) A Tree: New Models of Urban Space – YouTube.

Cino Zucchi provides a wholly different perspective of a City……urban design and planning…….

Posted February 18, 2014 by arnoneumann in Cities, urban

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Start up Cities Infograph | Disrupt Magazine.   Leave a comment

 

Start up Cities Infograph | Disrupt Magazine..

Posted December 24, 2013 by arnoneumann in Cities

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Planning and Financing Low-Carbon, Livable Cities   Leave a comment

Planning and Financing Low-Carbon, Livable Cities.

STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • World Bank Group President Jim Yong Kim announced a groundbreaking new initiative to reach 300 cities in developing countries over four years to help them plan for a low-carbon future and get the needed finance flowing.
  • An estimated 6.2 billion people – two-thirds of the world’s population – will be living in cities by 2050.
  • Cities already account for about two-thirds of the world’s energy consumption and about 70 percent of greenhouse gas emissions. A low-carbon development path could help them cut global greenhouse gas emissions by 30 percent.

BBC News – A Point of View: Staring at the Shard   Leave a comment

” Will Self confesses to being dazzled by the skyscrapers that dominate urban skylines, but wonders if they have overshadowed visionary dreams of making cities better places to live.It was said of the French writer Guy de Maupassant that he ate dinner in the restaurant of the Eiffel Tower every night of the week, and when asked why, replied, “Because its the only place in Paris from where you cant see the Eiffel Tower.” ”

AN : lovely little literary walk starting within  the heart of London and thenceforth into the realm of thought of architecture and the core value of living in cities. Much, much more can be said on this topic….as  residents who live in cities vary from 9% urban dwellers in Bhutan to 97% in Belgium. ( world avg 50+% ).

via BBC News – A Point of View: Staring at the Shard.

http://goo.gl/cCY51

London’s Raucous Babble of Languages -The Atlantic Cities   Leave a comment

“Attention, London residents: If your Malay is feeling rusty and in need of conversational oil, try heading to the neighborhood just north of Kensington Gardens. That’s where Austronesians are chatting up a storm, according to this fascinating map of London’s languages.

The clamorous cartography is the result of nifty computer analysis by Ed Manley and James Cheshire, both students at the University College London. (You might recall Cheshire from his map of London last names.) They used a tweaked Google Chrome algorithm to examine more than 3 million tweets sent by London inhabitants this summer. By the end of their dogged data-sifting, they had detected more than 60 languages including Tamil, Maltese, Tibetan, Urdu and Afrikaans.

With the help of geolocation, they then plotted the 10 most frequently spoken languages to create the colorful and informative metropolis you see below (interactive version here):

http://goo.gl/jZEO6

AN : an interesting application …. how do we see cities ? Depending on what overlay of criteria , you might be quite surprised what you find.

via London’s Raucous Babble of Languages – Neighborhoods – The Atlantic Cities.

Posted November 5, 2012 by arnoneumann in Cities, Language, London, Mapping

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Is Your Region Innovative, Productive, Creative, or Just Populated?   Leave a comment

Growth is a mantra that cities, as well as nations and states, everywhere quest after. A growing number of economists caution that growth for growth’s sake does not necessarily equate to higher living standards or increased happiness. A blue-ribbon international commission headed by Nobel Prize-winning economists Joseph Stiglitz and Amartya Sen has called for new, broader measures of economic performance and social progress. Plus, not all “growth” is the same. I’ve previously called attention to “growth without growth,” the misguided notion that adding population equals economic growth. ”

via Is Your Region Innovative, Productive, Creative, or Just Populated? – Jobs & Economy – The Atlantic Cities.

AN : we need to measure ourselves, our Cities and Countries with scales and aspects that do not only focus on fiscal and numerical aspects. Education opportunites, arts, cultural and recreational amenities, nature and sport venues etc are extremely meaningful. Why are they most often overlooked ? Probably because the trained individuals are trained in the thoughts and tools of economic measures. The article provokes us to more such aspects.

http://goo.gl/FGJUH

Posted October 25, 2012 by arnoneumann in Cities, creativity, Economic, Innovation

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Coming Soon: A Privately Run City To Create Development In The Developing World | Co.Exist: World changing ideas and innovation   Leave a comment

“Honduras is set to play SimCity for real, albeit without the economist who devised the rules of the game. Last Tuesday, the government signed an agreement with private investors led by Michael Strong–a libertarian entrepreneur and close associate of Whole Foods co-founder and CEO John Mackey–to construct a city-from-scratch in one of at least three special development regions (“las Regiones Especiales de Desarrollo” or “REDs”) scattered around the country.”

AN : the article is a backgrounder in the attempt to set up a novel  solution to expedite economic development at an country level via establishing a  “govenance within a governance structure ”  model ….. starting in Honduras.

http://goo.gl/HoXM5

via Coming Soon: A Privately Run City To Create Development In The Developing World | Co.Exist: World changing ideas and innovation.

Posted September 10, 2012 by arnoneumann in Cities, Governance

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How Cities Can Exploit the Information Revolution | Sustainable Cities Collective   Leave a comment

 

Investments in Smarter systems often cut across organisations and budgets and many have objectives that are macro-economic, social and environmental, as well as financial. As such, they challenge existing accounting mechanisms. Whilst central government and the financial markets offer new investment solutions such as ethical funds, social impact bonds and city deals, so far these have not been used to fund the majority of Smarter solutions – many of which are supported by research programmes. The Technology Strategy Board’s investment in areas such as “Future Cities” and the “Connected Digital Economy” will provide a tremendous boost, but there is much to be done to assist cities in using new investment sources to fund Smarter initiatives – or to develop sustainable commercial or social-enterprise business models to deliver them.

Although progress can be driven by strong leadership, the issues of governance and fragmented budgets will need to be overcome if we are to take full advantage of the benefits technology can bring.

We live in an era of major global challenges – well described in the recent “People and the Planet” report by the Royal Society. At the same time, we have access to powerful new technologies and ideas to address them, such as those proposed by the 100 Academics who contributed essays to the book “The New Optimists”. When we focus those resources on cities, we focus on the structures in which we can have the greatest impact on the most people.

Already many forward-looking cities in the UK such as Sunderland and Birmingham are joining others around the world by investing in Smarter systems.

If we can meet the technical, organisational and investment challenges, we will not only provide citizens, businesses and agencies with new choices and exciting opportunities; we’ll also position the UK economy to succeed as the Information Revolution gathers pace.

(This post was first published as part of the “Growth Factory” report from the thinktank TLG Lab). ”

via How Cities Can Exploit the Information Revolution | Sustainable Cities Collective.

Posted August 7, 2012 by arnoneumann in Cities, Smart Cities, UK

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The Top 10 Smart Cities On The Planet | Co.Exist: World changing ideas and innovation   Leave a comment

What Smart Cities are and research on ways to make cities more integrated and efficient in their operations and design in order to manifest the best practices for delivery of information , services and liveability.

A top 10 global ranking is included :

“The term “smart cities” is a bit ambiguous. Some people choose a narrow definition–i.e. cities that use information and communication technologies to deliver services to their citizens. I prefer a broader definition: Smart cities use information and communication technologies (ICT) to be more intelligent and efficient in the use of resources, resulting in cost and energy savings, improved service delivery and quality of life, and reduced environmental footprint–all supporting innovation and the low-carbon economy.”

Elaboration in the complete article :

via The Top 10 Smart Cities On The Planet | Co.Exist: World changing ideas and innovation.

Posted June 5, 2012 by arnoneumann in Cities, Smart Cities

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