We are enjoying one of the most peaceful periods in history. Global violence is at an all-time low and it continues to decline. Deaths from war are at an historic low too. Yet there are some parts of the world, particularly inner city areas, where the number of violent deaths is rising fast. In his
What is the safest city in the world in which to live? According to a report from the Economist Intelligence Unit, it is Tokyo, also the world’s most populous city. But how has the Unit assessed safety, and on what basis does it make this assessment? The basis for the assessment The safety index is
Which is the Smartest City in the world in 2015? According to Juniper Research, that accolade goes to Barcelona. And Juniper is of course not the first to give Barcelona a smart city award. In more or less any discussion about Smart Cities, the name Barcelona is bound to crop up sooner or later. For
More than 80% of the population of the Americas, and 70% of that in Europe, now lives in cities. And of course, as cities grow and spread, they have a greater impact on the environment. As a result, many Smart Cities now focus as much on environmental sustainability as they do on technology per se.
Cities. Gleaming high rise office blocks, centres of technology and industry, and trade hubs. But more importantly, home to millions of people worldwide. Cities are vital ecosystems, consisting of far more than the bricks and mortar that make the buildings. So why is it only recently that city design has begun to be about people?
The Global Open Data Initiative (GODI) is a coalition of civil society organisations sharing principles and resources to get the best value out of open data. Open data, at its simplest, is freely available government data that anyone can access, analyse and use. It has potential to be widely used by citizens and organisations to explore how