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.

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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Cities at the forefront of Europe's high-tech industry

Cities at the forefront of Europe's high-tech industry

During Expo Real this week in Munich, several of Europe's leading high-tech cities gathered to share experience on their approaches to stimulate thriving and innovative business environments for global firms and local start-ups. These are the very cities hosting the world famous Amazon, Angry Birds, Google, Michelin, Nokia, and Philips.

Categories: Transport, Design, Economy, Mobility, Environment, Governance, Technology, Business, Energy and water, Amsterdam

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China - the drive to improve the urban revolutionChina - the drive to improve the urban revolution

China - the drive to improve the urban revolution

Personal account from Brian Kilkelly, CEO of World Cities Network on his experiences in China this winter during an EU mission to two provinces. Over 200 urban and governance leaders from Xinjiang and Shanxi provinces were engaged on a wide range of urbanisation issues.

Categories: Economy, Mobility, Environment, People, Living, Governance, Technology, Housing, Business, Regulation

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Building a vision for the City of London

Building a vision for the City of London

World Cities Network facilitated a vision building workshop for the Transport and Sustainability Forum, a multi-stakeholder group with about 180 members, serving the interests of both businesses and residents in the City of London.

Categories: Economy, Mobility, Environment, People, Living, Governance, Risk, Technology, Housing, Business, Health, Education, Energy and water

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San Francisco takes WiFi to the Park, an interview with Phil Ginsburg, City of San Francisco

San Francisco takes WiFi to the Park, an interview with Phil Ginsburg, City of San Francisco

As Google gears up to give the parks of San Francisco free wifi, we talked to the city's Recreation and Park Director, Phil Ginsburg, on wifi, dynamic workforces, inclusivity, and resilience. Could this be another fantastic benefit for the city or is it a technology intervention that could shatter the peace of their precious open spaces?

Categories: Economy, Mobility, Environment, People, Living, Technology, Business

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News round-up - February

News round-up - February

World Cities Network rounds-up Februarys leading news and our favourite features from around the world. This month's summary includes the World Alliance of Cities Against Poverty, the launch of Honest Buildings in the UK and Somerville, a city where policies are based on how happy they make people.

Categories: Transport, Environment, Governance, Technology, Business

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Big businesses take steps to make Moscow a resilient capital

Big businesses take steps to make Moscow a resilient capital

Russia has been inconsistent on the low-carbon agenda but big businesses are increasingly recognising the opportunities that sustainable innovation in Moscow will bring.

Categories: Business, Environment, Moscow

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The six steps to a Smarter City; and the philosophical imperative for taking them

The six steps to a Smarter City; and the philosophical imperative for taking them

Executive Architect at IBM and Advisory Board Member to World Cities Network, Rick Robinson gives his six steps to a Smarter City and the philosophical imperative for taking them.

Categories: Design, Technology, Business, Finance systems, Funding, Birmingham

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How Belfast will use data to become socially inclusive

How Belfast will use data to become socially inclusive

Belfast is one of the latest cities to win a prestigious IBM Smarter Cities Challenge grant to help manage its data more effectively. The city plans to use this opportunity to integrate inclusivity into its very fabric.

Categories: Technology, Business, Belfast, Glasgow

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News round-up - November

News round-up - November

World Cities Network rounds-up November's leading news from around the world. This month's summary includes the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy in the USA, flood-protection strategies in the UK and an infrastructure blockade in India.

Categories: Design, Governance, Business, Technology, London, New York

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