Urban Studies

How Do Smart Cities Talk to People?

At the Smart Cities Week Conference held in Washington, DC September 15-17, tech companies and urban innovators gathered to discuss and showcase recent developments in the emerging smart city market. One demonstration featured real-time traffic, public safety, and disaster mitigation maps appearing on large flat-screen televisions constantly flashing and cataloging data. The exhibits resembled an all-you-can-eat style menu for cities looking to become more efficient and ultimately—smart.

Uncovering Urban Inequality in Cairo

Researchers Diane Singerman, Kareem Ibrahim, and Reem Abdel Haliem have been collaborating through TADAMUN, a Cairo-based initiative that works with citizens to claim their urban rights, conducting a spatial analysis of urban inequality to offer visual tools for understanding development gaps and policy challenges in contemporary Egypt.

Building Community Through Theater; Lessons From the Setagaya Theater

Crossover: Urban Water, Transport, and Energy

On September 15, the Wilson Center’s Urban Sustainability Lab gathered a panel of urban experts to discuss “cross border” links in policy, technology, and practice that can help cities develop long-term integrated approaches to address urban challenges. Blair Ruble, Vice President for Programs and Director of the Urban Sustainability Lab, opened the discussion, making the case that new technologies offer a platform for moving governance forward and fostering sustainable change in the urban sphere.

Las Colonias in the 21st Century: Progress Along the Texas-Mexico Border

The Wilson Center’s Urban Sustainability Lab and Mexico Institute, together with the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas, hosted a panel of experts to discuss the challenges and opportunities facing the underserved low-income communities along the U.S.-Mexico border known as “colonias.”

The Next Urban Future: Smarter and More Resilient Cities

Cities across the globe are adapting to the big data revolution. How and where are successful cities using new technologies to upgrade infrastructure and enhance resilience? Which cities are actively harnessing the power of urban innovations to advance their economic, social, and environmental sustainability goals?

The Urban Sustainability Laboratory and Meeting of the Minds invite you to join us for a panel discussion about the tools, policies, and strategies for building urban resilience in the digital age.

Apprentice at Work in Dubai

By setting it looks like Miami Beach, but stretched out over 150 kms.  By pace of growth it rivals Guangzhou, by built-up area and density, it’s somewhere around New York, yet merely a baby as city histories go.  And at the edges in virtually every direction on land, construction cranes (at one time, a third of the world’s total) populate the horizon like large flocks of birds.   By pure glitz, it’s up there with Las Vegas, but the fantasy and artifice of Vegas, not to mention its small size, puts it in a separate, and decidedly lower, tier.  By skyline, there’s nothing in the world to comp