For years, Richard Florida preached the gospel of the creative class. In his new book he admits that the rise of the creative class in places like New York, London, and San Francisco created economic growth only for the already rich, displacing the poor and working classes. Once plagued inner cities have moved to the suburbs.
The Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU) published its Global Liveability Report 2017. For the seventh consecutive year, Melbourne in Australia is the most liveable urban centre of the 140 cities surveyed, closely followed by the Austrian capital, Vienna. In fact, only 0.1 percentage points separate the top two cities, and just 0.2 and 0.3 percentage points separate Canada’s Vancouver and Toronto (ranked 3rd and 4th, respectively), from Melbourne. Another Canadian city, Calgary, shares joint fifth place with Adelaide in Australia.
Over two thirds of the population will live in urban areas by 2050, which will cause a massive increase in demand for services. So what needs to change? Technological developments such as artificial intelligence and the internet of things will allow cities to become smart, almost thinking like a human brain
At the fourth International Open Data Conference in Madrid, Spain in October 2016, New York City’s Chief Analytics Officer debuted the Open Data team’s six “Open Data Values.” Each of these values is presented here, along with a specific step the administration has taken to ensure that every new open data initiative reflects the Open Data for All vision: that every New Yorker can benefit from Open Data, and that Open Data can benefit from every New Yorker.
Through the Public Feedback you are invited to provide your views on the draft actions proposed in the Background Papers by the Partnerships. This feedback will be used by the Partnerships for the preparation of the final
This week, nearly 500 urban resilience leaders from cities around the world, including 80 Chief Resilience Officers, are gathering in New York City to share ideas and innovations from their cities, collaborate on new solutions, explore New York as a living laboratory for urban resilience, and to together chart the course of the movement. Here is the programme and links to video lectures (from 100ResilientCities)
The Smart City Value Chain White Paper, produced by e-Madina Smart City cluster, tries to explore the role of cities in addressing global issues. It highlights the fact that the Smart & Sustainable City approach is the solution adopted by more and more cities around the world, and it is seen as a quick way for cities to modernize by combining people’s collective intelligence with information technology. At the same time, in the case of developing countries, this approach is an opportunity for them to catch up with advanced countries by accelerating their transformation in a sustainable and responsible way.