A new World Bank Group report analyzes what makes a city competitive and how more cities can grow their economies. According to the report, improving the competitiveness of cities is a vital pathway to eliminating extreme poverty and promoting prosperity for a country’s citizens. If every average city had managed to do as well as a competitive city, the world would have added 19 million new jobs in 2012 alone.
LSE Cities’ Urban Age programme takes a deeper look at the statistics showing that the world is heading towards 70% urbanisation by 2050 to reveal the regional differences in demographic, economic and environmental change.
The five chapters featured in this FreeBook, brought to you by Routledge, share the goal of making urban areas functional, attractive, and sustainable. The publisher aims to highlight some of his newest practitioner-oriented titles and illustrate the global scope of the work being done in this field.
The latest ePSI Platform Topic Report takes a structured and holistic look at the concept of Open City. Written by Karolis Granickas, the report discusses definitions and suggests types of data that typical municipal units possess and should release as open data.
The Safe Cities Index 2015 is an Economist Intelligence Unit report, sponsored by NEC. The report is based on an index composed of more than 40 quantitative and qualitative indicators. These indicators are split across four thematic categories: digital security; health security; infrastructure safety; and personal safety.
“The Age of Megacities”, an engaging Esri project, maps the growth of ten global megacities by examining the expanding urban footprint of each city over the past 100 years. The Esri team has selected 10 international cities to show the wind-whistling clip of modern development.
The coming decades will see the next wave of mass migration to cities, especially in Asia and Africa, according to Prof. Razeen Sally, visiting associate professor at National University of Singapore. The World Economic Forum City Competitiveness Report identifies six megatrends that are likely to determine how well cities do in the future and in one of his latest articles Prof. Razeen Sally presents briefly the following six megatrends: