Data-Driven Cities

Marching orders came as the General Assembly formally adopted the Habitat III strategy.
Gregory Scruggs January 9, 2017

A data revolution is needed to ensure that more stats about city life are accessible to app developers, the South China Morning Post says.

December 14, 2016

The Brazilian city joins Medellín and Bogotá, Colombia, Santiago, Chile and Guadalajara, Mexico as winners of the regional competition. 

December 5, 2016
Even rich countries will struggle to monitor progress and inform policymaking. But momentum is picking up to fill this gap.
Brendon Bosworth November 30, 2016

A new book by Jill Jonnes explores how cities can protect, conserve and restore tree canopies, National Geographic reports. 

November 23, 2016
A tool used by more than 100 cities gives them a way to measure their ability to withstand disasters without having to actually endure one.
Anna Valmero November 10, 2016
Urbanization tips from Scandinavia and China, culture’s role in building better cities, responding to climate change and migration — and more!
Gregory Scruggs and Carey L. Biron November 2, 2016

The city wins plaudits for its ‘smart’ city advances while prompting concerns about how it will use the data it gathers, Forbes reports.  

October 28, 2016
Good urban planning can’t happen without a better understanding of informal settlements, advocates say.
Brendon Bosworth October 20, 2016
An initiative is collecting data with a mobile app and visualizing it with balloons and a map.
Brendon Bosworth October 20, 2016
El nuevo Atlas de la Expansión Urbana utiliza datos antiguos y nuevos para representar gráficamente lo que verdaderamente significa el crecimiento urbano masivo.
Gregory Scruggs October 19, 2016
The new Atlas of Urban Expansion draws on old and new data to paint a picture of what massive urban growth really means.
Gregory Scruggs October 19, 2016
Mechanism seen as critical following Habitat III negotiations’ removal of proposed Multi-Stakeholder Panel on Sustainable Urbanization.
Brendon Bosworth October 19, 2016

The Chicago-based firm, Ekistic, wants to help fledgling companies build viable businesses that can make cities more efficient.

October 12, 2016

City planners can answer ‘what-if’ questions on climate policies they might use, the World Bank says. 

September 29, 2016
Part of the bargain is providing good customer service.
Amy Fallon September 23, 2016
A month before Habitat III, there’s no resolution on how to align monitoring of the New Urban Agenda and the ‘urban SDG’. In part that’s due to the complexities of using global frameworks to guide local development — and of measuring progress in cities.
Jacqueline M. Klopp and Danielle Petretta September 19, 2016

An upcoming World Bank report cites two cities in Colombia and one in Brazil as models for overcoming urban violence. 

September 15, 2016
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