CITY RESILIENCE INDEX

MEASURING & EVALUATING CAPACITY

New competencies are required to adopt resilience as a positive urban development agenda. Over the past four years, with the support of The Rockefeller Foundation, Arup has developed the City Resilience Index – a way to understand and champion resilience in cities.

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100 RESILIENT CITIES

CLOSING NOTE FROM MICHAEL BERKOWITZ

In six years, 100 Resilient Cities has grown from an idea to a movement. Together, as a global community of staff, CROs, and partners, shaped how the world understands the opportunities to build resilience. Since 2013, we have evolved from talking about definitions and job descriptions to sharing cutting-edge best practices.

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AUSTRALIA’s CARBON MARKET

CAN BLOCKCHAIN INCREASE MOMENTUM

Under the Emissions Reduction Fund, the government has contracted 192 million tonnes of emissions reductions from 433 projects, at an average price of about A$12. There are mixed views about whether these projects will be delivered and if they will effectively reduce emissions.

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URBAN PLACEMAKING

Guiding Innovation Districts

Ignited by emerging economic trends and demographic preferences, many cities across the United States, Europe, and other global regions are witnessing new geography of innovation. The Brookings Institute documented their emergence in 2014. This updated report defines innovation districts as geographic clusters.

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URBAN UNCERTAINTY

Governing in Turbulent Times

Social, economic and political instability is a central concern for urban governance, development and planning. With future projections, calculations and imaginings increasingly shaping space, politics and everyday life throughout the contemporary urban world, there is a political imperative to plan for and manage uncertainty.

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AFRICAN ECONOMICS

Africa’s Demographic Dividend

The Africa Competitiveness Report, first published in 1998, highlights areas that require policy action and investment to ensure Africa’s sustained growth. The report incorporates the knowledge and expertise of the African Development Bank, the World Bank Group and the World Economic Forum.

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GOVERNMENT SPENDING

Steve Ballmer’s USA Facts

So you want to know the total number of students who attended charter school last year. Where would you look to find that information? You’d probably start with Google, which directs you to the landing page of the National Centre For Education Statistics. Government data is available, but it’s not exactly accessible. A new project from former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer and Seattle design studio Artefact aims to change that.

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WORLD BANK SDG ATLAS

World Development Indicators

The Atlas of Sustainable Development Goals 2017 uses maps, charts and analysis to illustrate, trends, challenges and measurement issues related to each of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals. The Atlas primarily draws on World Development Indicators (WDI) - the World Bank's compilation of internationally comparable statistics about global development and the quality of people's lives.

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open AFRICA open DATA

Code for Africa

openAFRICA aims to be largest independent repository of open data on the African continent. You can upload your data to openAFRICA to either store it, or to make it available to a wider public. You can also download data already on openAFRICA for re-use in your own projects. We are happy to help you both upload / re-use data.

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Africa: Future Cities

Urbanisation in Africa

Africa is urbanizing at a rate of 4% per year, according to UN-Habitat. Over the next 15 years, cities in Africa will experience higher growth rates than other regions of the world, predicts Oxford Economics, a British firm that specialises in global forecasting and quantitative analysis for business and government, with Cape Town, Dar es Salaam, Johannesburg and Luanda becoming Africa’s major economic giants.

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Africa: Opening to the World

Urban Investors & Entrepreneurs

Compared with other developing cities, cities in Africa produce few goods and services for trade on regional and international markets To grow economically as they are growing in size, Africa’s cities must open their doors to the world.They need to specialise in manufacturing, along with other regionally and globally tradable goods and services. And to attract global investment in tradable production, cities must develop scale economies, which are associated with successful urban economic development in other regions.

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BRICS: Facts & Analysis

South Africa & BRICS

South Africa is not comparable in size to other countries in the BRICS, especially China and India, with the real comparator in terms of economy and population being the entire continent of Africa. The publication provides a comparative and analytical overview of urban development across the BRICS and in relation to cities in Africa. It introduces large cities in the BRICS and addresses three areas of thematic focus: transportation, green energy and innovation economies.

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Populism is Poison

Plural Cities are the Antidote

Plural cities will play a critical role in determining whether humanity survives this century, or not. One of the most powerful antidotes to populism is right in front of us. Many of the world’s cities are busily re-imagining politics, economics and environmental action from the bottom-up. Some of them are constructing a positive, inclusive and plural vision of the future, even as nationalist leaders peddle fear, close borders and build walls.

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The Future of Cities

Film on Urban Futures

Faced with similar problems cities could do well to swap solutions, there’s a huge opportunity to collaborate with other cities, The doco is an 18-minute filmThe Future of Cities, which splices analysis from the likes of Janette Sadik-Kahn and Edward Glaeser with mini-profiles of folks innovating on the ground.

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Centre for Digital Futures

Impact of Digital Technology

The Centre for the Digital Future has released its landmark study that explores how technology is affecting the views and behaviour of Americans and their transportation. “Surveying the Digital Future,” the longest-running study of its kind that explores the views and behaviour of Internet users and non-users, has been released by the USC Annenberg Center for the Digital Future.

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Resilient Cities & Data

Michael Berkowitz Interview

Michael Berkowitz, an expert on resilient cities, praises the work done by many European municipalities in preparing for risks linked to climate change, for example. But Europe should relax its privacy laws in order to better harness the power of data and deal with other emerging challenges, he claimed. Berkowitz spoke with Euractiv’s Jorge Valero during the World Economic Forum in Davos. 

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World Development Report

Governance & the Law

Why carefully design, sensible policies too often not adopted or implemented? When they are, why do they often fail to generate development outcomes such as security, growth, and equity? And why do some bad policies endure? This World Development Report: Governance and the Law address these fundamental questions, which are at the heart of development.

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NextCity

Urbanist Podcasts

Podcasts are the go-to medium for long-form storytelling, unexpected takes on current events, and casual conversations among experts. I’ve rounded up a list, in no particular order, of the seven podcasts urbanists should be listening to right now, focusing not only on design and planning but also on the economic systems that undergird our cities. I hope you’ve got a lot of time on your hands.

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A City Is Not a Computer

Urban Intelligence

What should a city optimise for? What would a city look like if you started from scratch in the internet era — if you built a city ‘from the internet up? Instead of more gratuitous parametric modelling, we need to think about urban epistemologies that embrace memory and history; that recognise spatial intelligence as sensory and experiential; that consider other species’ ways of knowing; that appreciate the wisdom of local crowds and communities; that acknowledges the information embedded in the city’s facades, flora, statuary, and stairways; that aim to integrate forms of distributed cognition paralleling our brains’ own distributed cognitive processes.

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Evidence Based Analytics

Urban Design Simulation

Big data providing evidence based on urban analytics. UrbanSim provides a simulation of urban design scenarios allowing users to run simulations, draw from a library of open data, and produce visualisations. The free and open source program is part of the Urban Data Science Toolkit, designed to help planners understand the diverse impacts that might be expected from new forms of street design, mixed use zoning, or policies to promote urban density.

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