Michael Bloomberg on the City Century

Michael Bloomberg served as the 108th Mayor of New York City, holding office for three consecutive terms beginning with his first election in 2001. He is also the main owner, founder and CEO of Bloomberg L.P, a global financial data and media company. In office, Bloomberg brought a results-based approach to city management, appointing city… Continue reading Michael Bloomberg on the City Century

Official video recordings from Future of Places III

The full set of video recordings from the Future of Places III Conference in Stockholm 29th June to 1 July are now available on YouTube. Below is an index with links to the videos. We have published some of the speeches here on this blog while the conference was on-going. However the recordings below are… Continue reading Official video recordings from Future of Places III

Multimodal Transport and Railway Systems – Arlanda Express

Arlanda Express is a public-private partnership purpose built rail link between Stockholm Central Station and Arlanda Airport in Sweden. It takes 20 minutes to travel the 39 kilometre line. Plans for an airport rail link from the central business district of Stockholm and the airport was launched in the early 1980s and Arlanda Express was… Continue reading Multimodal Transport and Railway Systems – Arlanda Express

Place Management Workshop in Sibenik

Šibenik is a historic town in Croatia, located in central Dalmatia, by the scenic bay where the river Krka flows into the Adriatic Sea. Unlike other cities and towns along the Adriatic coast, which were established by Greeks, Illyrians and Romans, Šibenik was founded by Croats. The population today is about 46.000 people. During its… Continue reading Place Management Workshop in Sibenik

How Sao Paolo uses Value Capture to Raise Billions for Infrastructure

The infrastructure in many cities lags behind the population’s needs. This is a major challenge for city governments in both emerging, high-growth places and industrialised nations with low growth and less public funding to replace aging public spaces and utilities. The on-going rebalancing of global economic power has led to unprecedented investment plans in infrastructure… Continue reading How Sao Paolo uses Value Capture to Raise Billions for Infrastructure

Multimodal Transport and Railway Systems- Europabanan and Götalandsbanan

High Speed Rails in Sweden This article is about two new high speed rail project in Sweden, Europabanan and Götalandsbanan. Sweden is located in northern Europe, and is not just one of Europe’s largest countries measured by size, but also the largest market in the Nordic region. In the region, which in total is made… Continue reading Multimodal Transport and Railway Systems- Europabanan and Götalandsbanan

Joan Clos Message on how to Build Better Cities

Last week, McKinsey and UN Habitat published an essay by Joan Clos, on how we can build better cities. In the essay he points out that in the economic history of humanity, urbanization has always been an accelerator of growth and development, and we are now in the process of massive urbanization. Already 55 per… Continue reading Joan Clos Message on how to Build Better Cities

Freiburg im Breisgau. Sustainable living model

Freiburg im Breisgau. Sustainable living model The City of Freiburg is often called Germany’s "ecological capital" and has been recognized internationally as one of the world’s most livable, sustainable and child-friendly cities. As a national example of sustainable urban planning, ideas developed in Freiburg have been used in countries around the world. What makes this… Continue reading Freiburg im Breisgau. Sustainable living model

Towards The City We Need

In the Future of Places III conference last week, there was a set of speeches about the World Urban Campaign and the road towards Habitat III, which I would like to share. The World Urban Campaign is the advocacy and partnership platform for cities in the twenty first century. Its goal is to place the… Continue reading Towards The City We Need

Innovative Sustainable Re-development – Hudson Yards

With this article, we publish a case study on the Hudson Yards redevelopment project in New York, an innovative transformation project in which the harbour area is being transformed into a pedestrian-friendly, vibrant, transit-oriented mixed-use district. Hudson Yards is the area of Manhattan, which is bordered by West 43rd and 43nd Streets, 8th and 7th… Continue reading Innovative Sustainable Re-development – Hudson Yards