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Recovering from disaster: the Christchurch transitional programme

The earthquake, measuring 6.3 on the Richter scale, claimed 185 lives, with hundreds more injured, and almost completely destroyed the Christchurch central business district

A series of earthquakes and aftershocks that hit Christchurch, New Zealand in 2010 and 2011, caused significant loss of life and huge structural damage to the city centre. Nick Michell discovers how extensive citizen engagement has helped rebuild the city

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How urban infrastructure inventories can assist resilience planning

Maps marking key infrastructure assets can be linked to the database

Climate change can significantly impact the infrastructure of a city, yet different infrastructures are generally managed by various agencies with data often scattered across several departments. Rozita Singh* explores how a new infrastructure inventory is helping Indian cities streamline and coordinate their resilience planning

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Interview: Chen Jianhua, Mayor of Guangzhou

Chen Jianhua, Mayor of Guangzhou

Richard Forster spoke with Chen Jianhua, Mayor of Guangzhou, about his plans to transform waste management in the city and to build one of the largest metro systems in the world

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Tom Cochran: The voice of US mayors

Tom Cochran, US Conference of Mayors

Cities Today US editor, Tom Teodorczuk, spoke to Tom Cochran, CEO and Executive Director of the US Conference of Mayors during their Winter Meeting in Washington DC

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Emerging market cities get smart

MasterCard

People in emerging market cities are increasingly embracing Smart Technology solutions according to a new report from the Future Foundation.

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Dubai to pilot ITU performance indicators

Aisha Bin Bishr, Assistant Director General of the Executive Office of Dubai, and Chaesub Lee, Director of the ITU Standardisation Bureau

Dubai will be the first city to assess the efficiency and sustainability of its smart city operations using key performance indicators developed by the International Telecommunications Union (ITU)-T Focus Group on Smart Sustainable Cities.

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New report decodes global city rankings

The Chicago Council on Global Affairs

The Chicago Council on Global Affairs, an organisation that promotes discourse on global issues, has launched a new report which breaks down the history, differences and methodologies of the many existing city rankings into an easy-to-understand roadmap.

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Milan adds 1,000 e-bikes to bike share system

An e-bike group tour was organised to celebrate the launch

One thousand e-bikes have been unveiled across the BikeMi bike sharing system in Milan that will now complement the 3,600 existing traditional pushbikes. The city becomes the first to offer traditional and electric bikes from the same sharing station.

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Cities still failing poor urban kids, says new global health report

Save the Children

Save the Children’s new report, State of the World’s Mothers 2015: The Urban Disadvantage, reveals that national and urban health figures are not as glossy as first seem with many a child’s survival in cities dependent on family wealth.

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Cities to share best practices in resiliency at Designing City Resilience

Sarah Toy, Bristol’s Chief Resilience Officer will describe how the city is investing significantly in renewing its infrastructure to meet the needs of its growing population

Chief Resilience Officers and senior government officials attending Designing City Resilience in London on 16 and 17 June 2015 will work with an international audience of experts to change the way cities are planned, designed and built, making them more resilient.

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ITU Telecom World 2015 to accelerate innovation

ITU

The ITU Telecom World 2015, to be held from 12-15 October 2015 in Budapest, Hungary, will look to accelerate ICT innovations for social and economic development through exhibiting solutions, sharing knowledge and making meaningful connections.

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Bloomberg Smarter Cities conference to focus on health, sustainability and transport

Bloomberg

On the 18 June 2015, as part of London Tech Week, Bloomberg Technology Conference: Smarter Cities will bring the heads of Europe’s smartest and greenest cities together with strategists, business leaders and policy makers to discuss how technology continues to transform and improve the way we conduct business in our cities.

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Recovering from disaster: the Christchurch transitional programme

The earthquake, measuring 6.3 on the Richter scale, claimed 185 lives, with hundreds more injured, and almost completely destroyed the Christchurch central business district

A series of earthquakes and aftershocks that hit Christchurch, New Zealand in 2010 and 2011, caused significant loss of life and huge structural damage to the city centre. Nick Michell discovers how extensive citizen engagement has helped rebuild the city

Read more