News round-up - March

Written by Elena Collins on 27 March 2013

World Cities Network rounds-up its favourite articles and features from across the globe. This month's summary includes World Cities Network makes the news in The Times, how 'big data' is changing lives and are smart cities the answer to rising populations?

Detroit Waits, Apprehensive, for Manager to Take Over

The City Council is both anxious and defiant. Public employees’ unions are bracing for a showdown. Protests and lawsuits are promised. Meanwhile, the mayor has simply stopped talking about what is on nearly everyone’s mind in this troubled city.

All across Detroit, tension is building as a state-appointed emergency manager prepares to take control of the city government on Monday and begin a drastic restructuring of its finances and operations.

 “There is anxiety. There is fear of the unknown,” said Yolanda Langston, the president of a Service Employees International Union’s local in Detroit. “We don’t know which way he’s going to go.”

Read full story on the New York Times website 

Are smart cities the answer to rising populations?

Meeting the twin global challenges of more people and dwindling resources requires dramatic solutions. One answer is to build entirely new "smart cities", using the latest in technology and construction techniques. The most well-know of this kind of project is Masdar City, which is being build on a spare square mile of desert by Abu Dhabi international airport and due to be completed in 2025 (pushed back from 2016).

Read the full story on Guardian Sustainable Business

The latest news from MIPIM 2013

MIPIM, the world’s property market, brings together the most influential players from all international property sectors - office, residential, retail, healthcare, sport, logistics and industrial - offering unrivalled access to the greatest number of development projects and sources of capital worldwide.

Catch up on the all the latest news from MIPIM 2013

How 'big data' is changing lives

Data is increasingly defining us - from the information we share on the web, to that collected by the numerous companies with whom we interact. Intrigued by the sheer scales involved, photojournalist Rick Smolan wanted to see how data was transforming the world.

Watch the video on the BBC News website

World Cities Network makes the news

We are proud to announce that our advisor, Mikele Brack, was interviewed by The Times this week. Read the full report here:

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