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Webcast: Extreme Weather Preparedness

February 17, 2014 by Jesse Jenkins

It’s been over a year since Hurricane Sandy, the second most expensive storm in American history, hit the East Coast in the fall of 2012. The passing of the year mark serves as a reminder of how vulnerable cities like New York and London are to climate change. And governments are not ignorant of the challenges ahead — a study of 30...[read more]


We Are Sustainable Cities Collective - Join Us

February 13, 2014 by David Thorpe

Watch our video!

This is our new campaign video that's on YouTube now, designed to highlight the valuable work all of our contributors do to help make the world a better place. It's part of our drive to win a Shorty Award for which we've been nominated that would rally boost our profile. Vote now![read more]


WEBCAST: Margaret Robertson on Sustainability Principles and Practice

February 3, 2014 by David Thorpe

What is regenerative design?

Margaret Robinson, author of a new book, Sustainability Principles and Practice, discusses training the next generation of urban leaders in sustainability, Smart Growth and New Urbanism, the Living Building Challenge rating system, green revolving funds, and how to transcend Jenov's paradox.[read more]


WEBCAST: Pooran Desai at the World Economic Forum in Davos

January 25, 2014 by David Thorpe

Does Davos give room for hope or gloom this year?

The rich and powerful of the World Economic Forum have been meeting all last week. The main themes have been global income inequality, climate change, resource scarcity and the pace of technological change. Pooran Desai, director of BioRegional, gives his reactions from the Swiss town of Davos.[read more]


WEBCAST: The Urgent Need for Skilled Planners in Developing World Cities

January 20, 2014 by David Thorpe

Vanessa Watson

Cities in the developing world are growing – and changing – rapidly. Vanessa Watson wants to save developing cities from rapacious developers and deluded city leaders who care more for an illusory ideal of world status for 'their' cities than they do for their own citizens.[read more]


WEBCAST Florian Lorenz on the Vienna Cycling Manifesto

January 13, 2014 by David Thorpe

Florian Lorenz

The Austrian capital has emerged as a leader in integrating cycling into cities. Other cities should pay attention. Vienna has published a new manifesto on promoting cycling - Velo-City. Florian Lorenz, our new cycling correspondent, who helped develop the manifesto, discusses it with David Thorpe.[read more]


WEBCAST: Patricia Lee on Greening Cities, Air Quality and Building Efficiency

January 6, 2014 by David Thorpe

Watch this and download a free energy app.

Tricia Lee's job with New York-based consultancy Code Green is about making buildings more efficient with LEEDS. But she wears two other hats, being involved with a project to improve air quality in US cities - and another with community gardens in New York City and explains how all these projects sell themselves.[read more]

Why Mayors Should Rule The World by Benjamin Barber

January 3, 2014 by David Thorpe

Barber's provocative TED talk.

In this TED talk, Benjamin Barber suggests that we should transition away from nation states towards a system of cities, where mayors rule. Why? Because, he argues, mayors are pragmatic problem solvers who are deeply involved in the issues of the cities they serve.[read more]


WEBCAST: The Bristol Pound and How to Create a Local Currency

December 30, 2013 by David Thorpe

Money printed for your city.

The Bristol Pound is an alternative currency designed to keep money within the local economy that's the most successful one of its kind in the world. It's possible to do just about everything using it. Manager Ciaran Mundy discusses the secrets of its success and gives tips on how to set one up.[read more]


WEBCAST: An Interview With Pedro B. Ortiz

December 16, 2013 by David Thorpe

How will Istanbul and Los Angeles develop sustainably?

Might suburbia, urban freeways and six lane interchanges disappear in the future, in cities like Los Angeles? Pedro B Ortiz - World Bank consultant, ex-deputy mayor of Madrid, and board member of the International Urban Development Association - thinks so, and explains how.[read more]


WEBCAST: Tim Campbell on How Cities Learn

December 9, 2013 by David Thorpe

The smartest cities network. 

The smartest cities network with each other. Watch Tim Campbell talking about how cities learn and his book Beyond Smart Cities. Tim is chairman of the Urban Age Institute, worked for years for the World Bank, and is a senior academic. Essential viewing for urban leaders everywhere.[read more]


Rob Hopkins on the Spread of the Transition Towns Movement [WEBCAST]

December 2, 2013 by David Thorpe

What IS a transition town?

David Thorpe interviews the man who is the inspiration behind the astonishing global transition towns movement, about how ordinary people can help make the world more sustainable from the bottom up and his new inspirational book.[read more]