Knowledge Hub

The Knowledge Hub provides news and analysis on how leaders in the built environment are making our cities resilient through design, technology, policy and finance. World Cities Network aims to deliver knowledge relevant to the real estate community which causes debate and learning.

Building Innovative Cities of the Future

Building Innovative Cities of the Future

Summary of keynote speech by Brian Kilkelly at MIPIM Japan, September 8, 2016, Osaka, Japan. Cities that are ‘smart’ focus on integrating their transport systems, infrastructure investments, making the most of technology and data advances, and exploiting the latest

Categories: Architecture, Environment, Technology

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COP21 needs cities and cities need COP21

COP21 needs cities and cities need COP21

Next month over 50,000 leaders will gather from governments, cities, business, science, finance, policy, and civil society to debate and (hopefully) decide on a world climate change treaty that steers us towards a sustainable future for our planet. I believe cities are at the

Categories: Economy, Environment, People, Living, Risk, Business, Finance systems, Energy and water, Regulation

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Cradle to Cradle Dutch City Hall

Cradle to Cradle Dutch City Hall

Since 2014 World Cities Network and Eurbanlab have been collaborating to share insights and news on sustainable urban development & innovation. Eurbanlab bring news of London's iconic double-decker bus going 100% electric and a Cradle-to-Cradle city hall in the Netherlands.

Categories: Engineering, Architecture, Transport, Design, Energy and water

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Eurbanlab now offering services

Eurbanlab now offering services

Climate-KIC supported the creation of a model to accelerate the application of successful and systemic innovations in sustainable urban development. On offer now is a unique assessment-method for urban innovations, a European library and showcasing service for innovations.

Categories: Transport, Design, Mobility, Environment, Technology, Housing, Finance systems, Energy and water

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Cities Convention: Building Cities of the Future Today

Cities Convention: Building Cities of the Future Today

World Cities Network partnered with BRE for their Cities Convention on 22-23 April 2015 at Altitude London. The day was spent considering how cities could be smarter, more sustainable and resilient. Lessons from early adopters of smart city solutions were discussed and questions considered included how do cities ensure growth brings social, environmental and economic benefits for all?

Categories: Engineering, Design, Environment, Technology, Housing

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Future Cities Roundtable

Future Cities Roundtable

City leaders and urban experts gathered during MIPIM to discuss how multiple initiatives can together future-proof cities. Real estate & infrastructure plans from several leading cities were shared and approaches debated. Surprisingly, citizen power featured strongly.

Categories: Governance

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Mikko Aho on Guggenheim and building high in Helsinki

Mikko Aho on Guggenheim and building high in Helsinki

Watch our latest city leader video interview with Mikko Aho, Director of Planning, City of Helsinki. We interviewed Mikko earlier this month during the week Guggenheim revealed the shortlist of contenders to design a new museum and Helsinki High Rise was announced.

Categories: Meet the experts, Architecture, Design, Living, Helsinki

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Accelerate 2014, Outcomes from the Eurbanlab Community Conference

Accelerate 2014, Outcomes from the Eurbanlab Community Conference

In December 2014, experts and practitioners from across Europe involved in sourcing, creating, and delivering urban innovations gathered to discuss ways to accelerate the delivery of low carbon urban solutions for cities. Read about the interesting tools and case studies that were shared. Discover the secrets of success from some of the most innovative urban development projects in Europe.

Categories: Transport, Design, Economy, Environment, People, Living, Technology, Housing, Funding, Education, Energy and water

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Sharing spaces, smart transport and sustainable innovation top of the agenda at Urban Infrastructure 2014

Sharing spaces, smart transport and sustainable innovation top of the agenda at Urban Infrastructure 2014

The future of the city is smart and shareable! That was the overwhelming consensus from the Urban Infrastructure 2014 conference, organised by The Economist Events. The one-day symposium brought together some of the world’s most forward-thinking elected officials, city planners and industry-leaders to discuss how cities of the future can innovate to provide world class, intelligent infrastructure.

Categories: Design, Transport, Economy, Mobility, Governance, Finance systems, Funding

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Is it too late to act on climate change?

Is it too late to act on climate change?

“It is technically feasible to transition to a low-carbon economy,” said Youba Sokona, Co-Chair of IPCC Working Group III last week in Copenhagen. “But what is lacking are appropriate policies and institutions. See the interview on Al Zazeera.

Categories: Environment

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