Cities & Urbanization

Why cities live forever

China tries building a new kind of megalopolis

This is what the cities of the future could look like

Internal and international influences on urban change

68% of world population will live in urban areas by 2050

Artificially lit surface of Earth at night increasing in radiance and extent

Projecting global urban growth through 2100 based on historical time series data and future shared SEPs 

Smart Cities:

How to build a smart city that will last

United 4 smart sustainable cities 

Smart cities, the Dutch approach

Six technologies crucial for smart cities

3D planning tool for the city of tomorrow

Migrating smart city applications to the cloud

Humane smart cities: the need for governance

Open City Data Portal    WCCD Open Data Portal

As world crowds in, cities become digital laboratories

Smart cities should put the power in the hands of the people

Adaptive cities? Institutional innovation under climate change

Data-driven molecular engineering of solar-powered windows

Digital Earth: the paradigm now shaping our world's data cities

Intelligent facades generating electricity, heat and algae biomass

Smart Cities    How smart cities will help us meet the global SDGs

Modeling reveals significant climatic impacts of megapolitan expansion

Smart cities' data: challenges and opportunities for semantic technologies

Planning an Open Cities Mapping Project: open data for resilience initiative

Smart ways to mobilise more efficient and effective long-term investment in city regions

A global analysis of urban design types and road transport injury: an image processing study

Impacts of RF EMF from cell phone towers and wireless devices on biosystem and ecosystem

Safe cities:

Reducing risk is key for sustainable urbanization

World Disasters Report 2010 - Urban Risks

Urban risk assessments    Cities safer by design

How density makes us safer during natural disasters

How to adapt disaster management to an urban context

Safe Cities Index    World City Risk 2025    Safest US cities

Experts brainstorm ways to fund cities to withstand disasters

Are self-repairing cities a wave of the future?    Flooded cities

Local governments core of risk reduction    The city as a risk area

Using high resolution satellite data for the identification of urban natural disaster risk

Remote sensing-based proxies for urban disaster risk management and resilience: a review

Building resilient communities through geospatial intelligence

Resilient cities:

Let's make a deal for resilient cities     GFDDR City Resilience Program

City resilience action planning tool (CityRAP)

Making cities sustainable and resilient action

Open data infrastructure for city resilience - a revolution in planning

The value of flood-resilient architectual design    

Resilient cities: changing the way we think about urban infrastructure

Resilient cities - a Grosvenor report      The Rockefeller Foundation resilient cities   100 Resilient Cities

Realising the multiple benefits of climate resilience and inclusive development in informal developments

City Resilience Index Dec 2015    Resilient Cities 2014    Resilient cities 2012

Towards resilience and transformation for cities within a finite planet

How to make cities more resilient    Making cities resilient

How much are trees worth to megacities?

The next-generation city: resilient, smart and sustainable

Urban resilience movements unite     Urban resilience - RAMSES interviews

Developing pre-disaster resilience based on public & provate incentivization  

Financing the Resilient City

Cities and sustainability:

Arcadis Sustainable Cities Index

The SDGs and 'a new urban agenda'

Satellites find sustainable energy in cities

Geneva UN charter on sustainable housing

Curbing urban sprawl to make cities more sustainable

Sustainable service delivery in an increasingly urbanized world

Cities are harnessing the power of renewable energy: here's how

Integrating sustainable development and DRM of historic urban areas

How local governments have become a factor in global sustainability

C40 & Siemens inaugural city leadership awards honour 10 cities for excellence in urban sustainability

World cities come up with a 5-point action plan to work together for sustainable development and DRR

City ecosystems:

Environment & urbanization    Expertise - green resources    Urban soils release surprising amounts of CO2

Beyond urban legends: an emerging framework of urban ecology

Nature and mental hehalth: an ecosystem service perspective

Smartphone measurements map neighborhood noise

What cities do best: how to maximize the role of cities in a low carbon future   

Cities gobbling up huge land masses    Urban ecosystems   Urban environment - Thematic assessment

Planetary stewardship in an urbanizing world: beyond city limits    Reflecting on cities and leadership

Global forecasts of urban expansion to 2030 and direct impacts on biodiversity and carbon pools

Quantification of urban metabolism through coupling with the life cycle assessment framework      

Cities and climate change:

How climate change could impact the world's greatest cities

84% of world's fasttest growing cities face'extreme' climate change risks

Climate change is making cities sick and we need to act

Building climate resilient villages:global experience and Ethiopia

City and building designers, and climate adaptation    Water, megacities and global change

Climate change and the city    Toward typologies of urban climate and global environmental change

The state of cilty climate finance 2015    Which mega-cities offer best protection from climate change

'Top Down' climate data don't serve growing cities    City mayor's climate resilience compact

Urban climate change resilience in action: lessons from projects in 10 ACCCRN cities

Urban climate: processes, trends and projections    Guiding principles for city climate action planning   

How vulnerable could your city be to climate impacts?    Climate-proofing tomorrow’s cities, today

Adapting infrastructure and civil engineering practice to a changing climate

Cities lead the way in climate-change action    Urban climate change in context 

City planning for climate change    Helping cities plan for climate change    Urban climate adaptation planning

Urban opportunities: perspective on climate change, resilience, inclusion, and the Informal Economy

Protecting our capital - how climate change adaptation in cities creates a resilient place for business   

Framework for city climate risk assessment    Turning the urban challenge into an opportunity 

Dialogue for decision-making: unpacking the 'City Learning Lab' approach

Building urban resilience to climate change: what works where, and why

8 points on financing climate change adaptation in urban areas

Creative ways cities can fight the climate change 'slow tsunami'

Strengthening Climate Change in Urban Education 

Cities, energy, emissions, transportation:

Urban underground holds sustainable energy    Hybrid energy storage system for urban use

Implications of urban structure on carbon consumption in metropolitan areas

Front-running cities changing transport, improving quality of life

Relation between urban population and air pollution

City flooding:

Cities key to mitigating flood risk    Cities and Flooding Guidebook   How to build a flood-resilient city

Managing urban runoff    Scientists examine ways to put stormwater to use in big cities

Floods, heat, migration: How extreme weather will transform cities

CDP Cities 2013: summary report on 110 global cities

City planning:

Wanted: Human Cities

Megacities: pushing the boundaries of our (insurance) industry - a revolution in planning    Mapping 6,000 years of urban settlements

Why we need to revolutionise our study of cities    Tomorrow's Cities    HABITAT III    CityZenith

Designing the New Urban Agenda: lessons from International Agreements

Urban anthologies - Learning from our cities    Global road map    No city is an island

Planning, connecting and financing cities - now: priorities for city leaders   Urban planning for city leaders

State of the world's cities 2012/2013: prosperity of cities   World Urbanization Prospects - the 2011 revision

Housing sales data used to estimate value of urban natural resouces    Urban Observatory   Urban

A global map of urban extant from nightlights    Cities at night revealed by NASA-NOAA satellite

New atlas of light pollution    World Habitat Day ceremony draws thousands

Structure of 'concrete disease' solved    Self-shading windows    Wood windows are cooler than glass

New residential water heater concept promises high efficiency, lower cost

Building codes:

Modern roof shapes tested in high-speed wind tunnel

Urban sprawl:

Suburban sprawl cancels carbon-footprint savings of dense urban cores    Urban sprawl   The end of sprawl

How traffic jams decentralize cities    Unplanned urbanization increasing flood impacts

A global fingerprint of macro-scale changes in urban structure from 1999 to 2009

Beyond sprawl: a new vision of the solar suburbs of the future

Across the globe, urban sprawl is spreading

Open access city models:


Cities and urban poor: 

Stewart Brand on squatter cities   Climate change, disaster risk, and the urban poor

New towns going up in developing nations pose major risk to the poor            

Adapting to Climate Change: Cities and the Urban Poor   

Cities prepare!  Reducing vulnerabilities for the urban poor 


EEA - Urban Atlas    Ensuring quality of life in Europe's cities and towns

Urbanization impacts on the climate in Europe    Climate change and flood risk in Europe  

Europe's future depends on cities resilient to climate change

London: low carbon, low risk, low density - reolving choices about sustainable development in cities   

Mediterranean cities adapt to climate change    Venice hasn't stopped sinking after all

Italy: Mega urban changes and impacts in the decades of the 2000s

Varese Ligura, Italy - a small town with high renewables 

UN recognizes Barcelona as role model city

Can Rotterdam become the world's most sustainable port city?

Helsinki: the prospects for urban densification

Situated lifestyles: how lifestyles change along with the level of urbanization and what the greenhouse gas implications are - a study of Finland 

Alpine cities feel heat from climate change

Smart London    Turning London into SimCity with real data

Portugal: atmospheric electric field measurements in urban environment and the pollutant aerosol cycle


Implementing ITU-T International standards to shape smart sustainable cities: the case of Moscow


Africa's adaptation gap 2 - technical report

Cape Town: What it takes to be a role model city

Building urban resilience to climate change - South Africa

From floods to disease, disaster risk rising in surging African cities  

Green Hills, Blue Cities: an ecosystems approach to water resources management for African cities

African urbanisation and urbanism: implications for risk accumulation and reduction

Soon every African village will know what the weather may bring

North African Coastal Cities Address Natural Disasters and Climate Change

The state of Arab cities 2012 - challenges of urban transition    Saudi Arabia's new desert megacity


Building Urban Resilience in East Asia   25 years of Partnerships in Building Safer Communities in Asia

Risk governance in the megacity Mumbai - a complex adaptive system perspective

Mumbai: density, energy and metabolism of a proposed smart city

Inside Hanoi's gated communities: elite enclaves where even the air is cleaner

Development in ADB Pacific Development Member Countries

Developer unveils vision of cities as havens during disasters

India: Towards urban resilience    Planning climate resilient coastal cities: India

Nepal building codes    Can Tho, Vietnam: Enhancing Urban Resilience 

Business risk assessment and the management of climate change impacts - 12 Philippine cities    

First civilian photogrammetric UAV flight over Singapore

UNISDR and China launch new urban resilience award     Beijing necessitates risk analysis

Aspiring toward healthy cities in China    China works to implement standard digital city framework   

UN Shanghai Manual launches to guide urban futures  Expansion and growth in Chinese cities 1978-2010

Contrating impacts of urban forms on the future thermal environment  - Beijing metropolitan area

Modeling buildings by the millions: building codes in China tested for energy savings

Urban China: toward efficient, inclusive, and sustainable urbanization

Four ways to boost Hong Kong's position as an innovative, future ready city 

Malaysia may offer model for global growth

The Americas:

Urban Adaptation Assessment

US smart cities effort targets data apps

NYC panel on climate change 2019 report

Impact of urbanization on US surface climate

How climate change could leave US cities uin the dark

Researchers create citywide building energy model for Boston

Geographers provide new insight into commuter megaregions of the US

Preparing US community greenhouse gas inventories for climate action plans

Carbon reductions and health co-benefits from US residential energy efficiency measures

A framework to understand the relationship between social factors that reduce resilience in cities: application to the City of Boston

Boston names first Chief Resilience Office

New York's carbon emissions - in real time

The Mannahatta Project - New York before the city

Study maps greenhouse gas emissions to building, street level for US cities

NOAA analysis reveals significant land cover changes in US coastal regions

Mid-century warming in the Los Angeles region     Vancouver plans to face climate change head-on

Study finds serious challenges to 'New Urbanist' communities    Major US city post-oil preparedness ranking

Linkages between population dynamics, urbanization processes and disaster risk: a regional vision of Latin America   

Rio de Janeiro's bid to become a smart city