For the first time in its history, the TED Prize is being awarded not to an individual, but to an idea. The 2012 TED Prize is awarded to the City 2.0. The organizing team is bringing together a group of visionaries — urban planners, architects, technologists, authors, policy makers, and economists — to act as advocates for The City 2.0 and craft a wish capable of inspiring collaborative action by many.
On November 16th and 17th, The Atlantic hosted the fourth-annual Green Intelligence Forum: Creating the Sustainable City of the Future. The forum brought together the world’s leading authorities on energy and the environment for two days of dynamic conversation on the issues at the forefront of sustainable thought.
AlJazeera English published a video about Abu Dhabi’s Masdar city entitled “Abu Dhabi’s Masdar plan: behind the scenes at the green city”. Masdar City is an emerging global clean-technology cluster what aims to be one of the world’s most sustainable urban developments powered by renewable energy.
How can cities help save the future? Alex Steffen, one of the world’s leading voices on sustainability, social innovation and planetary futurism, delivering a TED talk showing some cool neighborhood-based green projects that expand our access to things we want and need — while reducing the time we spend in cars.
Liveability assesses which locations around the world provide the best or the worst living conditions. Assessing liveability has a broad range of uses. Liveability is increasingly used by city councils, organisations or corporate entities looking to test their locations against others to see general areas where liveability can differ.
Manu Fernandez has published a selection of 75 videos that vary in focus and perspective, but together compose a good database of videos that are circulating out there and deal with many of the issues urban policies face nowadays.
The Philips Livable Cities think tank believes that livable cities are successful cities. They have identified three important and interlinked ingredients of a livable city: resilience, inclusiveness and authenticity, and published an infographic illustrating the concept. The think tanks operating within The Philips Center for Health & Well-being.