Urban Studies

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

How Naples Became Europe's Great Musical Machine

Ulysses, if Homer is to be believed, was the first mariner to escape the temptations of the Bay of Naples. According to The Odyssey, Ulysses had heard of the bay’s infamous sirens — part women, part bird or nymph-like creatures — that lured sailors to their death by singing so beautifully that no one could sail on without succumbing. Thus, when returning from the Trojan War via the bay, Ulysses plugged the ears of his crew with beeswax and bound himself to the mast until they had sailed safely out of range of the sirens’ audible temptation.

Health in the City: New Strategies to Meet the Needs of Urban Africa

More than half the world’s population is now urban, and more than a quarter of the 100 fastest-growing cities are in Africa. Though urbanization is often associated with improved health, African cities are struggling to cope with the demands of growing populations. Poor women and children in African cities are the least likely socioeconomic groups to have access to preventive health services.

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