Rapid growth and environmental change are creating new challenges for urban areas around the world. From climate change adaptation and crime prevention to the integration of new residents, much is being asked of municipal governments. At the same time, new technologies – from data collection and real time monitoring to sophisticated “control centers” – are being developed that could help inform urban decision making and improve city management. Four essays present perspectives on the ideas behind smart cities from New York, Ahmedabad, São Paulo, and Beijing.
Paper contribution to January 2010 seminar on environmental peacebuilding.
From Insecure - Badly Affected to a Strong and More Prepared Community: NAM KHEM, a fisherfolk village in the midst of 2004 Tsunami
Paper contribution to the April 2011 seminar on post-disaster community engagement.
Paper contribution to the January 2009 seminar on community resilience
Washington, D.C.: Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars (Comparative Urban Studies Occasional Papers Series, 27), 1999. PDF: 66KB/9 pages