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Cape Town must use design award to close the urban divide

Cape Town: a sea of shacks as far as the eye can see stretches from the airport towards the city

Cape Town is celebrating its new found honour as the World Design Capital 2014 but as Roman Rollnick observes from his recent visit, the city has a long way to go in bridging the urban divide between its residents

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Interview with Aníbal Gaviria Correa, Mayor of Medellin, Colombia

Mayor of Medellin, Aníbal Gaviria Correa

Prior to hosting UN-Habitat’s 7th World Urban Forum in April, Jonathan Andrews spoke with Aníbal Gaviria Correa about the transformation of his city and how hosting the Forum will signify his city’s reintegration into the global community

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Why transport projects must make cities more liveable

The Shangai Bund project created a new public space in the city

We have to be more mindful of how a project can benefit the larger cause of city renewal or improvement and in particular, the opportunities and benefits it can bring to the urban environment in terms of liveability, rather than focusing purely on the impact that has to be mitigated. By Etty Padmodipoetro and Camilla Ween

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How sister city partnerships can play a new role in a global economy

Mexico City and Chicago signed an historic city-to-city trade agreement in 2013

The concept of twin towns and sister cities was conceived after the Second World War to rebuild diplomatic relationships and reconcile citizens through cultural and educational exchanges. But in the modern era, Jonathan Ballantine reveals how sister city partnerships are being increasingly used to forge strategic trade and economic ties

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Sister Cities International and IFHP join Cities Today editorial advisory board

IFHP, Sister Cities International

Sister Cities International, a global citizen diplomacy network that builds partnerships between cities and communities in the US and other countries, has signed an agreement to join the magazine’s editorial advisory board.

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Euro-Latin-American cities network exceeds expectations in first year

The AL-LAs Project is trying to encourage a new mind set to help cities rethink their role in the world and act accordingly

In its first year of operation, the Euro-Latin-American Alliance of Cooperation among Cities (the AL-LAs Project), a network based on a strategic approach that emphasises the international role of cities as a means of innovation in a global context, has proved to be a successful platform for bringing cities together to emphasise the importance of international relations.

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Microsoft’s CityNext grows 150 percent in first year

Microsoft

Technology company, Microsoft, celebrated the one year anniversary of its global city network, CityNext, this month reporting a total of 200 global partnerships with government, business and citizens.

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New study proves traffic-free routes encourage more walking and cycling

New traffic-free cycling and walking routes in local communities has encouraged more people to get about by foot and by bike

The provision of new, high-quality, traffic-free cycling and walking routes in local communities has encouraged more people to get about by foot and by bike, according to a new study published in the American Journal of Public Health.

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New report finds UK a leader in urban innovation although financing mechanisms still lacking

Future Cities Catapult

Future Cities Catapult, an urban innovation centre, and engineering and consultant group, ARUP, have released a report which places the UK at the forefront in urban innovation, a sector that already adds £16 billion to the national economy.

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Cape Town must use design award to close the urban divide

Cape Town: a sea of shacks as far as the eye can see stretches from the airport towards the city

Cape Town is celebrating its new found honour as the World Design Capital 2014 but as Roman Rollnick observes from his recent visit, the city has a long way to go in bridging the urban divide between its residents

Read more

New signs to make Sydney’s streets more accessible to the visually impaired

The roll out of the new-look signs follows a trial at Circular Quay

The most extensive network of pedestrian braille signs in Australia will soon be rolled-out, linking the entire City of Sydney through prominent, interactive and easy-to-follow signs and messages.

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