Smart Cities Course in Lviv Ukraine March 2015

The Lviv Business School, an internationally respected institution sponsored a unique event-  where cities, companies and students from across Ukraine attended a class on Smart Cities and then went to work in Lviv with the full support of seven city departments. Students shared their experiences, investigated the value and use of data analytics to help improve city planning and operations and provided reviews and analysis. We thank the guest lecturers, Matthew Bass from Carnegie Mellon University, Anna Dyson from RPI’s CASE institute,...

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The London Meeting – Finding the Quality of Life

Defining quality of life is akin to defining pornography. One knows it when one sees it, but the range of opinions ranges widely. After some four and a half years of working with cities as the IBM Research Leader for this activity,  a number of impressions emerge.  One is that city governments care less about revenue and income than about establishing leadership as a city that others  want to emulate.  Another is that cities want to attract world skills from every domain of human endeavour to create an environment which provides cultural,...

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Our friends at Meeting of the Minds are holding an informal event — together with NextEnergy — in Detroit on July 11 from 5:30pm–8:00pm

http://cityminded.org/cal/detroit-happy-hour Members of the extended Meeting of the Minds network — partners, sponsors, participants — are being encouraged to attend. It’s been schedule for 8 weeks prior to the convening n Toronto of the 2013 program, which HOK and Toyota and IBM and others are sponsoring: http://cityminded.org/events/toronto Jessie Feller (Managing Director of Meeting of the Minds) will fly in from San Francisco. She and the rest of the team want to get to know the thought leadership community in Detroit,...

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More on the scaling of cities

Louis Bettencourt of the Santa Fe Institute has just made a paper available on the scaling of cities.  The article is behind a paywall at this location, but a snip from the abstract provides a hint about the paper –  which seems most intriguing. “A theoretical framework was developed to predict the average social, spatial, and infrastructural properties of cities as a set of scaling relations that apply to all urban systems.” Both Louis and Geoffrey West (who were both at our inaugural meeting) have spoken about these...

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USC 2013 Meeting – September 10 and 11, Imperial College, London

USC 2013 Meeting –  September 10 and 11,  Imperial College, London

We are excited to announce that our Annual Urban Systems Collaborative meeting will be held in the heart of London at the Imperial College in South Kensington.  We are grateful to our colleagues from Imperial for making this possible. Our theme this year is  “Cities as a design challenge for Quality of Life”.  We have spent several months debating the structure and topics of this meeting in the USC core team and we seem to have finally converged.  In keeping with previous USC meetings the London meeting will be a blend of...

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