Are you an urban practitioner, architect, or urban planner working in a local municipality or government in Latin America and the Caribbean (from an IDB member country) who works in the field of urban development and/or sustainable architecture? The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), the City of Vienna and the Austrian Federal Ministry of Finance invite you to apply for a … [Read more...] about Vienna Calling: A residency on innovations in urban development
One of the most important quotes in any business is, “if you can’t measure it, you can’t manage it”. Today, more than ever, this quote is also true for cities where the rise in use of connected devices in urban space has immensely increased the amount of data generated – 90% of data available in 2016 was created in the two years prior. This growth will continue to be … [Read more...] about Why should governments and cities use their data better?
What is a city? Have you ever asked yourself that question? We have all been in a city and we know how to distinguish one when we see it. A city is New York. A city is Bogotá. A city is Rio de Janeiro. But these are only examples and not a definition in itself. What makes these places 'cities'? What elements present in them are those that we associate with the concept of a … [Read more...] about The day of what? Cities, a concept with many definitions
The rapid urbanization process observed in Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC), during the last decades has posed multiple challenges to the region and caused great contrasts in the quality of life within cities. Today, more than 80% of LAC’s population lives in cities, and approximately 27% of the urban population still lives in informal settlements without proper access to … [Read more...] about Shaping Smart Cities in Latin America and the Caribbean
Cities and urban life pose constant challenges, for which we need to find effective and quick solutions. To this end, we need an adaptive and multi-faceted approach that allows us to engage with different actors, catalyze ideas, experiment and test solutions, fine tune and scale up, and eventually inform new public policy. The primary goal of the Housing and Urban … [Read more...] about Incubating urban solutions: 4 lessons learned from city labs