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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ACTION PLAN FOR CITIES - key points from the Forum

ACTION PLAN FOR CITIES - key points from the Forum

During the Tomorrow's City Infrastructure Forum, several ideas on how cities could take action to improve their resilience, vibrancy, and prosperity emerged. The first fruits of these ideas are shared here as well as an interactive mind-map created by the participants

Categories: Engineering, Architecture, People, Governance, Regulation

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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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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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Climate Change and Investment Roundtable

Climate Change and Investment Roundtable

On Thursday 20 June, World Cities Network and The City of London joined forces to host the Climate Change and Investment Roundtable at the Guildhall London, focusing on how real estate investors and developers can be incentivised to consider resilient design.

Categories: Engineering, Governance, Regulation

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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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Developing Scotland’s Cities

Developing Scotland’s Cities

Report: The prosperity, well-being and success of our cities is pivotal to Scotland’s economic future. Today’s knowledge-based goods and services are the products of science, creativity and collaboration. Urban density supports the creation and sharing of new knowledge and ideas and eases interaction amongst Universities, hi-Tech Companies, entrepreneurial and cultural networks.

Categories: Governance, Regulation, Edinburgh, Glasgow

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World Cities Network talks to Paula Hirst

World Cities Network talks to Paula Hirst

Video: World Cities Network talks to Paula Hirst, Director of Urban Development and Regeneration at Mazars on her views on how can we make cities resilient and how can the private and public sector work together to improve the built environment.

Categories: Meet the experts, Governance, Regulation

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In the game of energy efficiency it’s France 1, England 0

In the game of energy efficiency it’s France 1, England 0

With the UK languishing in the ‘relegation zone’ of Europe’s renewable energy league table behind countries such as Spain, Greece and France, you might have hoped that the UK Government would at least have been motivated to beat the French to introducing a night-time ban on lighting.

Categories: Energy and water, Regulation, Paris

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