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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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Interview with Sir Peter Hendy, Commissioner of Transport for London

Sir Peter Hendy, Commissioner for Transport for London

As Commissioner for Transport in London, Sir Peter Hendy oversaw the successful operation of London’s transport network during the 2012 Olympics and Paralympics, one of the biggest urban mobility challenges a city can face. Nick Michell speaks to Sir Peter about the key difficulties he has had to face during his time as Commissioner

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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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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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Boston rolls out smart, rechargeable benches

The benches will provide seating space for two, either side of a single photovoltaic solar panel encased in a sturdy central box that is fitted with two USB ports

Boston has begun unveiling rechargeable solar points on park benches for those perennially caught out without any battery charge in their phones, tablets and laptops.

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Birmingham begins electric car trial

The launch of Birmingham City Council's trial of a Nissan Leaf electric car, which will be used by its Home Care Team

Birmingham City Council, in the UK, has launched its trial of a new electric car, as part of a strategic collaboration with car manufacturer Nissan Motor GB, to widen its fleet of green vehicles.

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Brazil’s largest city to eliminate minimum parking requirements

By reducing parking around transit corridors São Paulo hopes to reduce traffic, improve street life, making it more pedestrian and public transport friendly

Largely lost in the midst of the World Cup, on 30 June, São Paulo released its strategic master plan that will direct sustainable growth for the next 16 years and includes the most progressive parking policy of any developing megacity.

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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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Finalists announced for 2014 City Climate Leadership Awards

31 projects representing 26 cities that have been selected as finalists for the 2014 City Climate Leadership Awards

Siemens and the C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group (C40) have announced the 31 projects representing 26 cities that have been selected as finalists for the 2014 City Climate Leadership Awards. Of these projects, which demonstrate leadership in taking climate action, winners in each of ten categories will be announced at the second annual Awards Ceremony on 22 September 2014 in New York.

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