When seen from a space station, cities are just bundles of lights in the night. But on the streets of each city, residents shape their corners in unique ways, giving them each their own vibes, points out Urbanism consultant and author Charles R. Wolfe. Those residents have a unique claim on “their” block, perhaps more so than the corporations that own their houses or the pension funds who finance them, argues Professor Jamie Shilton. His example is a rent strike organized in Toronto (Canada).
Speakers: Charles R. Wolfe and Steve Scher
Author: Jamie Shilton
What makes a city “smart” in the Anthropocene? Climate resilience, argue scholars Renee Obringer and Roshanak Nateghi. Water-smart cities specifically are needed to prevent another Day Zero (the day where the taps would have run dry, as was just barely prevented in South-Africa in 2018), argues Bloomberg’s Chris Malloy. “Smart” can also mean well-designed. Designed in a way for instance so that less people buy a car. How? JAJA-architect Robert Martin presents his case on how Copenhagen can go car-free.
Authors: Renee Obringer and Roshanak Nateghi
Author: Chris Malloy
“Smart” technologies are infringing on city dwellers’ freedom, and they also eventually infringe on democracy. Harvard Belfer Centre Fellow Rebecca Williams explores what to look out for and what it takes for democracy to thrive despite the prevalence of these new gadgets. Professor George Washington University Professor Nina Kelsey has a different take on the intelligence of cities. She argues that cities can be more effective than nation states in creating impactful climate solutions because actors feel more empowered in their roles as makers. Finally, what is the role for data intermediaries in creating data commons? Have a look at the report by the UK's Centre for Data Ethics and Innovation.
Author: Rebecca Williams
Author: Nina Kelsey
Author: Centre for Data Ethics and Innovation