Smart & Digital Development

Transparent and Accountable: Ukrainian Cities Fight for Openness

By |2021-09-02T10:32:31+02:00September 2nd 2021|Categories: Smart & Digital Development, Urban & Metropolitan Governance|Tags: , , |

Local authorities often perceive publishing information about their activities as a tedious responsibility. But Ukrainian cities prove that digital openness is a chance for rising investments, growth of trust, and increased human resources. By Olena Ogorodnik from Transparency International Ukraine

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Blended Data Infrastructures and Localisation: Smart Urbanism in the Age of Pandemic

By |2021-08-16T18:01:58+02:00August 11th 2021|Categories: Smart & Digital Development, Urban Health|Tags: , , |

Smart city initiatives have played an increasingly prominent role in urban planning. However, there remains a fundamental gap between data driven urban governance and promoting inclusivity. Jaideep Gupte argues that cities that prioritise citizens over technologies are likely to be the ‘smartest’ and most liveable.

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Jordan Needs More Innovative Solutions for its Transport Woes

By |2021-05-25T09:19:52+02:00May 25th 2021|Categories: Smart & Digital Development, Urban Mobility|Tags: , |

How do women get to work when there is no public transport they can safely use? Much too often, they simply do not. Sahar Aloul on what needs to change in Jordan's transport policies.

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Sparking Transformation Towards Inclusive Cities in a Post-Pandemic World

By |2021-04-27T11:03:33+02:00April 27th 2021|Categories: Economic Development, Smart & Digital Development|Tags: , , |

The global pandemic presents us with many challenges. But the current digital transformation may also be a powerful tool for inclusive city planning. Ramola Naik Singru from the Asian Development Bank highlights key learnings.

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Climate Information for Sustainable and Resilient Urban Planning

By |2021-01-20T10:42:57+01:00January 20th 2021|Categories: Climate Change & Resilience, Smart & Digital Development|Tags: , |

The impact of climate change is especially concentrated in urban areas and is projected to increase in the future. Using climate information in urban planning, however, can build resilient cities and enable sustainable development. By Saskia Buchholz from the German Meteorological Service.

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

By |2021-02-23T15:40:39+01:00December 1st 2020|Categories: Global Urban Debates, Smart & Digital Development, Urban Health|Tags: , |

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|Categories: Smart & Digital Development, Urban Health|Tags: , , |

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 |2021-08-18T12:08:32+02:00November 18th 2020|Categories: Global Urban Debates, Smart & Digital Development|Tags: , , |

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|Categories: Smart & Digital Development|Tags: , |

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|Categories: Smart & Digital Development, Youth & Gender|Tags: , |

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 |2021-08-18T10:37:42+02:00September 24th 2020|Categories: Housing & Informality, Smart & Digital Development|Tags: , , |

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|Categories: Global Urban Debates, Smart & Digital Development, Urban & Metropolitan Governance|Tags: , , |

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|Categories: Smart & Digital Development, Youth & Gender|Tags: , , |

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|Categories: Economic Development, Smart & Digital Development, Urban & Metropolitan Governance|Tags: , , |

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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