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The Digitalization of Cities: Sketching a Future Urban Scenario

Carlo Ratti | Posted 10.01.2013 | Impact
Carlo Ratti

Digitization has a profound effect on cities. Information about urban conditions can be captured in real-time, processed, and fed back into cities, enabling new ways to monitor, understand, and impact them. These transformations are on their way to revolutionize urban life.

Until Subnational Debt Do Us Part

Otaviano Canuto | Posted 06.15.2013 | World
Otaviano Canuto

The subnational debt market in some developing countries has been going through a notable transformation. Private capital is emerging to play an important role and subnational bonds increasingly competing with traditional bank loans.

China's Superbank

Peter Bosshard | Posted 06.11.2013 | World
Peter Bosshard

The engine that transforms the lives of millions of Chinese citizens like Li Liguan is China Development Bank (CDB). The bank channels capital to key sectors and projects in the world's fastest growing economy -- an essential role in any development state.

Peak Urbanization?

Lyric Hughes Hale | Posted 10.01.2013 | World
Lyric Hughes Hale

In emerging countries, urbanization rates are often used to measure relative stages of economic development. But might we be approaching the limits of the benefits of mass migration from farm to city?

Seizing the Opportunities of Global Urbanization: The New Frontier in America's International Economic Policy

Robert Hormats | Posted 05.25.2013 | World
Robert Hormats

Booming urbanization abroad provides enormous opportunities for American business. Our embassies and consulates, and officials in Washington, are proactively facilitating the commercial outreach efforts of U.S. companies to rapidly growing cities, states and provinces.

Together but Separate: Our Cities of the Future

Melissa A. Simonetti | Posted 05.21.2013 | New York
Melissa A. Simonetti

As an architect, I've lived, worked and traveled to different cities around the country. But as these urban centers change and grow and as I stand witness to it all, I can only wonder: What are our visions for these future cities?

Geoff Cape, Reimagining Cities at Toronto's Evergreen Brick Works

Pro Journo | Posted 05.12.2013 | Impact
Pro Journo

Cities everywhere are being forced to reimagine themselves due to variability in population and climate. The way they do so will have massive consequences for our communities and collective ecological resilience.

The Greatest Migration: China's Urbanization

John Wagner Givens | Posted 04.30.2013 | World
John Wagner Givens

The larger story, which can really only be told through numbers, is about how "China's urban population has increased from 180 million people in 1978 to 690 [million] now" and since rural birth rates consistently outpace urban ones, it is specifically a tale of rural to urban migration.

Unlikely Allies? Urbanization and Unconventional Oils

Deborah Gordon | Posted 04.15.2013 | Green
Deborah Gordon

From mass transit options to street design to parking provisions, the shape of cities and their transportation systems will help determine oil consumption patterns for billions of people worldwide.

The Big Burg Theory

Marian Salzman | Posted 03.12.2013 | World
Marian Salzman

Megacities create megaproblems. Say "cities" and the negative associations come cascading out: noise, dirt, housing projects, shantytowns, concrete, crowding, crime, drugs, pollution, gridlock, stress, alienation. But they also spur people to figure out megasolutions.

China in 2013: The Confidence Game

Tom Doctoroff | Posted 02.10.2013 | Business
Tom Doctoroff

Will the fifth generation of leadership led by President Xi Jinping and Prime Minister Li Keqiang, signal China remains future-focused? Will they make moves to manage intra-Party conflicts of interest that, to date, have precluded meaningful political and economic reform?

Birth Control and Social Marketing: Twin Revolutions

Phil Harvey | Posted 12.01.2012 | World
Phil Harvey

One important approach to such programming that has greatly helped to spread the word on birth control is the social marketing of contraceptives, with its branded products, ubiquitous distribution, and massive advertising campaigns.

The End of Cities: The Coming 'Great Rural Migration'

Stephen Estes | Posted 11.26.2012 | Los Angeles
Stephen Estes

If the benefits of living in a city are diminished because the Internet brings access to the world to you, then why deal with the high real estate prices, traffic, crime, pollution and difficulty of living alongside millions of other people?

The Ominous Disappearance of Xi Jinping

Tom Doctoroff | Posted 11.12.2012 | World
Tom Doctoroff

The mysterious disappearance of China's heir apparent, Xi Jinping, will be unsettling for Chinese citizens and a murky leadership vacuum is the last thing China needs right now.

Utopia, Dystopia, Sitopia

Swedish-American Chamber of Commerce in New York | Posted 09.19.2012 | Green
Swedish-American Chamber of Commerce in New York

Outside the dwindling community of farmers, the truth is that people generally don't think about how their food gets to where they first cross paths with it.

Eco Etiquette: Can Our Cities Save Us?

Jennifer Grayson | Posted 09.10.2012 | Green
Jennifer Grayson

Send all your eco-inquiries to Jennifer Grayson at Questions may be edited for length and clarity. My husband and I are clos...

The City 2.0 - Dream It, Build It

Amy Novogratz | Posted 05.02.2012 | Impact
Amy Novogratz

Every day -- from Rio to New York to Mumbai -- decisions are made around transportation, energy, public space, housing, and law. Rather than leaving these decisions in the hands of others, provides a platform so we can all become part of the solution.

Why Has TED Given the 2012 TED Prize to the City 2.0?

Chris Anderson | Posted 05.02.2012 | Technology
Chris Anderson


Climate Change And Urbanization Will Impact Disaster Relief

Reuters | Posted 03.27.2012 | Green

* Expert poll shows changing face of humanitarian aid * Role of climate change and urbanisation to grow * Investment in ...

The Benefits of Global Urbanization

Katherine Krauss | Posted 03.20.2012 | Home
Katherine Krauss

Clearly, cities have environmental benefits, but the real reason that I am so highly in favor of the world's trend towards urbanization is because cities are the centers of idea exchange.

Divorce Throughout History: A Primer

Robert Hughes, Jr. | Posted 11.06.2011 | Divorce
Robert Hughes, Jr.

Taking a historical look at patterns of divorce in the US gives us insight into current times. Tomas Cvrcek, an economist at Clemson University, take...

The New Usual and the Demise of the Art City

Edward Kubow | Posted 09.20.2011 | Home
Edward Kubow

In the metropolis where finance overwhelms the presence of every other industry and is the dominant driver of prosperity, a creative void has undeniably emerged.

What Skyscrapers Tell Us ... About Us

Jonathan Merritt | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Jonathan Merritt

Just as the height and placement of skyscrapers tells us about our global standing and self-image, the buildings they now hide and overshadow tell us about new religious realities.

Chunyun Beijing: What The World's Largest Annual Human Migration Looks Like

An Xiao Mina | Posted 09.20.2011 | World
An Xiao Mina

Hundreds of millions of people are estimated to have moved to cities large and small in China. These figures can be difficult to wrap your head around. But then I saw what felt like all of Beijing empty out.

How Smart Are Public-Private Partnerships?

Jeffrey Inaba | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Jeffrey Inaba

While public-private partnerships help support public services as municipalities reduce costs, they also call attention to the need to examine the decision-making process for improving cities.