Smart & Digital Development

COVID-19 Responses: The Urban Innovations that are Here to Stay

By |2020-12-01T09:34:42+01:00December 1st 2020|Global Urban Debates, Smart & Digital Development, Urban Health, , |

Cities, citizens, and institutions constantly evolve and are typically very resilient – according to Isidora Larraín and Pauline Claramunt. The authors present three urban innovations implemented in cities around the world that may just prove that COVID-19 responses hold the potential to become long-term solutions to long-standing problems, especially in South America.

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#SolutionsForCities

By |2020-11-25T08:08:00+01:00November 25th 2020|Smart & Digital Development, Urban Health, , , |

Cities around the world are facing similar challenges due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The need for physical distancing has once more emphasised the need for digital innovation in local governance processes. The ideas competition #SolutionsForCities provides a platform where cities and solution providers can further develop and adjust solutions for urban challenges in times of a pandemic.

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Why Smart Cities Threaten Citizens’ Right to Privacy

By |2020-11-18T08:09:48+01:00November 18th 2020|Global Urban Debates, Smart & Digital Development, , , |

The concept of Smart Cities heavily relies on collecting enormous amounts of citizens' data – and thus raises concerns as to what this data can be used for. Brad Smith on dangers, potentials, and everyday means to protect one's privacy.

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Digital Solutions for Cities: An Assessment Framework

By |2020-11-05T14:28:05+01:00November 5th 2020|Smart & Digital Development, , |

Technological transformation is rapidly changing our cities. To ensure that they are changing them for better, sustainability, digitalisation, and urban development must go hand in hand. Luciana Maia and François van Schalkwyk present an assessment tool for digital solutions which helps to find the necessary connections.

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Gamification in Urban Planning: Participation Through Minecraft

By |2020-11-03T09:57:11+01:00November 3rd 2020|Smart & Digital Development, Youth & Gender, , |

Minecraft is one of the most popular computer games in the world. Like a virtual version of Lego, it invites players to create their own world of buildings, villages, and other spatial elements. Every month, more than 110 million people play Minecraft – but did you know that it can also be used for urban planning?

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Mapping Makoko: A Community Stating its Right to Exist

By |2020-09-24T07:49:48+02:00September 24th 2020|Housing & Informality, Smart & Digital Development, , , |

Makoko, one of Lagos' largest slums, used to be a blank spot on the map for most of its history. This has been changing with a community-based digital mapping project that enables the residents to articulate their rights.

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An Epidemic Might Cure Venice

By |2020-09-22T11:08:01+02:00September 22nd 2020|Global Urban Debates, Smart & Digital Development, Urban & Metropolitan Governance, , , |

Researchers from MIT Civic Data Design Lab investigate Venice's tourism dynamics by employing spatial data on urban form and tourist facilities. Their goal is to envision what Venice's post-pandemic urban life could look like.

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Violence against Women and COVID-19: Can We Learn from the Pandemic?

By |2020-07-07T12:12:01+02:00July 7th 2020|Smart & Digital Development, Youth & Gender, , , |

Global lockdowns have exacerbated violence against women yet teach us an important lesson on how to protect women in times of crises. Natalie R. Gill dives into the world of tech and frontier technologies to highlight the importance of women’s right to safe mobility.

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Connecting Systems of Secondary Cities: The Role of Infrastructure and Inter-City Collaborations

By |2020-02-25T08:53:23+01:00February 25th 2020|Economic Development, Smart & Digital Development, Urban & Metropolitan Governance, , , |

Secondary cities perform essential sub-national functions within national economies as centres of government administration, education, health, resources, and industry production. Both national policies and international programmes need to be adapted accordingly, write Rene Peter Hohmann and Brian Roberts.

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“If it didn’t already exist, WUF would need to be invented” – Interview with Ullrich Sierau, Lord Mayor of the City of Dortmund, Germany

By |2020-02-20T09:42:50+01:00February 20th 2020|Smart & Digital Development, Urban & Metropolitan Governance, , , , |

Last Thursday, the tenth World Urban Forum came to a close in Abu Dhabi. "Cities of Opportunities – Connecting Culture and Innovation" was the forum's theme, making for a week full of exchange and discussion on the various facets of sustainable urbanisation. URBANET spoke to the Lord Mayor of the German city of Dortmund on his key takeaways from the conference.

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The Time is Right: Introducing Effective Food Waste Management in the City of Belgrade

By |2019-10-24T10:23:02+02:00October 24th 2019|Energy & Waste, Smart & Digital Development, , , , |

With thousands of tons of food going to waste every year, Serbia is coming up with solutions to prevent the production of surplus food – and support vulnerable groups with the surplus that is generated anyway.

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Urban Rural Partnership: A Win-Win Solution Towards Resilient Growth

By |2019-10-15T13:09:33+02:00October 15th 2019|Climate Change & Resilience, Smart & Digital Development, Urban & Metropolitan Governance, , |

Strengthening urban rural connections is essential for building resilient infrastructure, claims Rajib Shaw. However, as examples from Japan show, implementation is often hindered by administrative issues, calling for innovations in governance and communications to make urban rural partnerships a reality.

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Smart Cities and Slum Resilience

By |2019-10-08T10:09:20+02:00October 8th 2019|Climate Change & Resilience, Smart & Digital Development, , , , , |

The concept of smart cities brings with it both risks and opportunities for informal settlements. Through technical innovation, they do have the potential of making slums more resilient, argues Laurinda Godjo – if they are not only smart cities but also inclusive cities.

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How Vietnam Can Ensure Economic Growth and Create Green Cities

By |2019-09-12T10:21:42+02:00September 12th 2019|Climate Change & Resilience, Energy & Waste, Smart & Digital Development, , , , , , , , |

How can Vietnamese cities avoid the environmental pitfalls of rapid urbanisation? Adam Ward proposes solution-driven policies for key areas.

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