We often talk about the importance of ensuring that urban development is participatory or that it responds to the needs of the community, but it is easy to forget about the diversity of people living in that community. In particular, the absence of women working as urban planners, architects, and engineers has led to the development of cities that are built by men and for men. … [Read more...] about How to build a safe and inclusive neighbourhood for (and by) women?
Successful smart cities rely on more than deploying exciting new technologies in the city. They require a robust ecosystem that can support and sustain ongoing innovation, an ecosystem that comprises of local and central governments, IT companies, universities, startup companies, and citizens. But, how can such an ecosystem be built? Last year, a delegation of specialists … [Read more...] about Cutting-Edge technologies for Smart Cities in Israel
As scholars, policymakers, and practitioners work towards creating a sustainable urban future, one thing is becoming increasingly clear: the future of cities lies in the hands of the next generation, who has both the most to gain and the most to lose from the way urban development unfolds. Should cities fail to plan for the effects of climate change, should unplanned urban … [Read more...] about Hope for Cities of the Future: Investing in the Young Generation
Most cities and states worldwide, regardless of the continent of origin, hold some experience in international relations. In hundreds of cases, these experiences have crystalized and are pursued in a more formal and institutionalized fashion. Cities conduct their own foreign policies to advance their own local interests, as discussed in a recent article published by the World … [Read more...] about Cities and Foreign Policy: The Opportunities Behind International Organizations, Networks and Forums
In my previous blog post “Why Branding is Important to Our Communities” I mentioned two important aspects of community branding: Why Brand your Community? and the Pitfalls of Community Branding. In this entry I will focus on the Brand Elements and How to Use Them, and How to Brand a Community using the example of Belize City. Community branding is a great way to tell the … [Read more...] about How To Use Community Branding in Cities?