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.

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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Action Plan for Cities

Action Plan for Cities

World Cities Network and our hosts the City of London gathered city leaders and global corporations last week in London to create an action plan for resilient and vibrant cities and to celebrate the World Infrastructure Awards 2014.

Categories: Engineering, Architecture, Transport, Design, Economy, Environment, People, Living, Governance, Risk, Technology, Funding, Energy and water, Regulation

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City leaders share their views on the upcoming Infrastructure Forum

City leaders share their views on the upcoming Infrastructure Forum

Listen to leaders from London, Barcelona, and Helsinki speak about why they are looking forward to the upcoming Tomorrow's City Infrastructure Forum. Excitement is building for our forum to be held on April 25th in the City of London!

Categories: Architecture, Meet the experts, Transport, Economy, Environment, Living, Governance, Technology, Funding, Energy and water, Regulation

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Future of Water for London Roundtable, October 23

Future of Water for London Roundtable, October 23

Imagination and innovation are required to make the most of UK infrastructure assets. Today World Cities Network will gather city and business leaders to consider how through greater collaboration we can secure our future water resources and build greater resilience in the face of rising demands?

Categories: Engineering, Environment, Governance, Risk, Funding, Energy and water

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UK businesses urged to tackle disaster risk reduction in new UN / PwC led initiative

UK businesses urged to tackle disaster risk reduction in new UN / PwC led initiative

A new report by the UN International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (UNISDR) and PwC warns large multinationals’ dependencies on international supply chains, infrastructure and markets poses a systemic risk to ‘business as usual’.

Categories: Governance, Risk, Funding, Emergency services, Regulation

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Report on the Independent National Adaptation Programme for England

Report on the Independent National Adaptation Programme for England

The government needs to ensure that public infrastructure is resilient against climate shocks and future-proofed against potential threats. These are recommendations made in a new report by the Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change and the Environment at London School of Economics, and the Centre for Climate Change Economics and Policy at the University of Leeds.

Categories: Funding, Governance

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In the face of extraordinary change - MIPIM 2013

In the face of extraordinary change - MIPIM 2013

Cannes, 13 March 2013, World Cities Network, in partnership with Arup, held the first of a series of Resilient Cities leadership debates. The discussion examined the way in which cities finance investment in urban infrastructure, the importance of providing a strong and long-term city plan to create a stable investment environment.

Categories: Architecture, Engineering, Design, Governance, Finance systems, Funding

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Time is running out for Detroit

Time is running out for Detroit

Once the birthplace of the US car industry, The fiscal crisis which has been crippling Detroit for years is now pushing the city ever closer to breaking point. Last Tuesday, it was announced that the city’s financial problems have now been passed over to Michigan’s governor after a state-appointed review team confirmed the city was in a financial emergency with “no satisfactory plan” to resolve it.

Categories: Governance, Funding, Finance systems, Detroit

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New York takes measures to improve the strength and resilience of the Empire State’s Infrastructure

New York takes measures to improve the strength and resilience of the Empire State’s Infrastructure

Three months after Hurricane Sandy hit New York, a commission formed to investigate how the city could be more resilient, officially released it’s finding last week from the office of Andrew Cuomo of New York state, who established the commission.

Categories: Governance, Risk, Funding, Energy and water, Regulation, New York

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