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Houston launches new bot in response to Hurricane Harvey

Jonathan Andrews met with Lisa Kent, CIO, City of Houston, to discuss her advice on getting the best out of vendor partnerships and how her department played a key role during Hurricane Harvey

Interview: Milan Bandić, Mayor of Zagreb

Why did you become mayor? I wanted to change something. I felt that Zagreb could and should do better. When I was first elected mayor in 2000, the war wounds were still fresh in Zagreb and Croatia, and the problems were, understandably, difficult and numerous. What is your favourite part of the job? Meeting people […]

Georgios Kaminis, Mayor of Athens

Greece has been on the frontline of the migrant crisis. How much of this inflow has Athens had to handle? When the crisis erupted–in August 2015–Athens started receiving hundreds of refugees on a daily basis. More than 900,000 refugees came to Greece last year, the majority of which passed through Athens. So, you can understand […]

What did we learn from COP23?

US cities and states pledge, ‘we’re still in’ Despite the unofficial US Climate Action pavilion being built by private funds, cities and states arrived in Bonn led by Jerry Brown, Governor of California, and Michael Bloomberg, UN Secretary General’s Special Envoy for Cities and Climate Change. A total of 20 US states, 110 cities, and over […]

Towards a self-organised city

With all the developments that social trends and technological innovation bring to cities, one thing is certain: residents and businesses are increasingly taking control. And when it comes to issues related to city accessibility, a certain degree of self-organisation is inevitable. The role of the city administration is shifting from regulator to enabler, for example […]

Intergeo

When: 26th September 2017 – 28th September 2017 all-day
Where: Berlin, Germany

Alexander Zosel, founder Volocopter GmbH, under discussion with INTERGEO TV in the latest Opinion Leader Talk:   The first Volocopter air taxi will fly in Dubai at the end of 2017. What can we expect?[…]

‘Cities’ champion’ Benjamin Barber dies

Author of If mayors ruled the world and founder of the Global Parliament of Mayors, Benjamin Barber has died aged 77. Anne Hidalgo, Mayor of Paris and Chair of C40 Cities, led tributes to the political theorist who died on 24 April after a four-month battle with cancer. “Benjamin Barber’s political theories, developed over decades of […]

Las Palmas to build new bus rapid transit system

Las Palmas, Gran Canaria, is to construct a new bus rapid transit system, to be known as MetroGuagua, with the financial support of the European Investment Bank (EIB). Work will begin on the high-capacity line over the next quarter, with the aim of building 11.7 kilometres of roadway dedicated to bus transport. “MetroGuagua, which will […]

12th ITS European Congress

When: 19th June 2017 – 22nd June 2017 all-day
Where: Strasbourg Convention Centre and Exhibition Centre, Place de Bordeaux, 67000 Strasbourg, France

The 12th ITS European Congress will take place from 19 to 22 June 2017 at the Strasbourg Convention Centre. Under the theme “ITS Beyond Borders”, the Congress will focus on the people, intelligent mobility users,[…]

Global Covenant of Mayors leadership team announced

Nine leading mayors, representing cities around the world, have been appointed to the board of the newly created Global Covenant of Mayors for Climate & Energy. The mayoral leadership group includes: Park Won Soon – Mayor of Seoul and President of ICLEI Kasim Reed – Mayor of Atlanta Patricia De Lille – Mayor of Cape […]