In planning future cities, traditional top-down planning can fail to capture the energy and ideas from the "informal" economy that thrives in some parts of the world. That's how two authors from the Forum for the Future see it; we tend to agree. Find out why.
Many if not most North American water utilities face severe challenges - aging infrastructure, reduced budgets and scarcity issues among them. A GE blog explains how technology can solve this conundrum. It's worth a read.
The smart cities market took a major step towards mainstream status with an announcement this morning from Microsoft. The company is launching a global initiative labeled "CityNext." Find out what the tech giant has to offer cities like yours.
When we talk about innovation, we typically think of technology. But click for a good reminder from Smart Cities Council advisors Terrapin Bright Green and the U.S. Green Building Council that we badly need innovation in other areas as well, such as financing and policy.
The UK's Technology Strategy Board just released findings from stage one of its Future Cities Demonstrator Programme – a competition that has 30 UK cities developing innovative ways to be smarter and more sustainable. Don't miss this recap of common themes that are emerging.
Most discussions of urban futures assume more of the same -- more today-style cars parking in more today-style parking lots with maybe a little more today-style mass transit thrown in. In reality, transportation is a half-decade away from the start of a major transformation.
Many cities have an arm's length relationship with a utility that serves many cities in their region. But a new report suggests one area of cooperation -- namely around programs to promote conservation, energy efficiency and renewables integration.
A new design exhibit in Boston draws from cities around the world to showcase 40 examples of reusing and repurposing existing infrastructure in imaginative new ways, Click for a look at what these ideas can mean for older cities.
If you have any doubt about the need for the developing world to rapidly deploy smart technology, skim through a new report that assesses threats to 129 cities in Asia and Africa.
Frost & Sullivan analysts believe cities – not countries – will be targeted as hubs of investment, wealth creation and economic growth. Companies that look at cities as customers and position themselves as partners will benefit from new business opportunities.