Governance

A broad category of content focused on governance in cities.

Examples: Urban policy, justice, municipal services

What Do We Need to Build Sustainable Cities?

Every so often, I find it important to reset and to re-envision what a successful future looks like. This article seeks to take a step back and revisit the fundamentals of what the building of a sustainable city requires. The footprint of cities is a heavy contributor...

During Drought, California Asks Cities to Conserve

If you live in California, or follow national news, you are well informed of the fact that California is in a severe drought; a situation that our Governor has declared to be a state of emergency. In January, Governor Jerry Brown officially asked Californians for a...

The Biggest Public Policy Opportunity of Our Lifetimes

Please note: this article is available in English and Spanish. Over the next decade, driverless vehicles will disrupt transportation systems, causing ripple effects across numerous billion-dollar industries. Through the innovative use of public policy, advanced...

Middle East Green Building and China’s Sustainable Urban Clusters

How are two world leaders of growth faring in relation to smart cities? China’s future of sustainable urban clusters It goes without saying that even at its best, a smart city is only one component of a regional, national, and global system of cities that seek to...

Improving Cities’ Ability to Pilot Smart Solutions

Cities are aware of less than 10% of the solutions available to them, yet almost 90% of cities do not trust information from providers, according to Citymart.com. So how to solve this mismatch? The Living Labs Global Award (LLGA) held their Cities Summit in San...

2013 Innovative City of the Year

What does it take to be crowned the “Innovative City of the Year”? An outdoor escalator system stretching 28 stories? A Barefoot Park featuring water and massaging stones set among bamboo groves? Or is it the tight social fabric needed to turn around a place once...