Urban Planning

Jane Jacobs at 100: The Urban Complexities of "Place"
May 04, 2016

Today marks what would have been the 100th birthday of Jane Jacobs, the writer and activist who shaped the way we view cities to this day.

What Does it Take to Build a World-Class Olympic City?
September 09, 2015

As cities across the world, from Paris to Durban, South Africa, vie for the opportunity to host the 2024 Olympic Games, it is becoming apparent that the secret to a successful bid is not necessarily in the details of the proposal but instead having a forward-thinking mindset.

Detroit InMotion Pt. 2
August 31, 2015

Wandering the streets of downtown Detroit can be a varying experience depending on perspective. During the night time everything is practically abandoned, with the exception of some ‘trendy’ areas like Greektown, or Capus Martius and West Village.

August 18, 2015

Water infrastructure investment represents $250 million in savings, and prevents the annual loss of more than 300 million gallons of water. Mayor Eric Garcetti today released 20,000 "shade balls" onto the surface of the Los Angeles Reservoir, marking completion of a $34.5 million initiative to... read more

August 10, 2015

Smart cities are the future’s answer to overcrowded cities, lack of resources, and insufficient transportation choices but the smart city concept comes bundled with an excessive amount of questions and challenges.

To promote a thriving culture, cities must achieve economic, social, and environmental sustainability. This will only be made possible by improving a city’s efficiency, and this requires the integration of infrastructure and services.

July 17, 2015

The Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago operates the largest wastewater treatment plant in the world, the Stickney Water Reclamation Plant in Stickney, Illinois. (Photo by Brewbooks) When it comes to managing city sewage, Chicago is hoping to redefine the word waste.

July 06, 2015

Chicago has opened up 600+ data sets that inform citizens and help the city identify needs and opportunities. Chicago's police and public safety uses mobile technology to help first responders get real time information during an emergency or planned event. As you'll learn in this video from... read more

This report tells the stories of cities around the world - from Beijing to Amsterdam, and from London to Jakarta - that are addressing urban challenges by using digital technologies to engage and enable citizens.

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