Urban News

Melbourne is world's most livable city in 2016

If there's one thing wrong with living in Melbourne, it's probably the boring inevitability of being named one of the best places on the planet year after year. For the sixth year in a row, the Australian city has topped the Economist Intelligence Unit's ranking of the world's most livable cities. The list, which considers stability, healthcare, culture and environment, education and infrastructure to arrive at a rating out of 100, gave Melbourne an overall score of 97.5. Close behind is .....

Urbanization to unleash China's growth potential

China's urbanization drive will boost domestic consumption and investment in the future, analysts have said. The country aims to add 100 million urban residents during 2016 to 2020, while enabling 100 million rural residents to live in towns and cities in central and western regions. Population concentration together with improvement in livelihoods will expand demands in consumer services, said Chi Fulin, director of the China Institute for Reform and Development. It is estimated that if .....

Fixing Indonesia’s Public Transport Woes

Indonesia is one of the largest countries in the world without a decent or well-functioning public transportation system. The public transportation issue itself is not only limited to large cities such as Jakarta, Surabaya or Medan, but it also involves many intra-city transportation hubs and island transportation systems. It is, without a doubt, one of the largest and most complex issues that the government and private sector must tackle from all fronts. Looking back at the 1960s, our then.....

Jakarta Smart City Targets Young People to Acknowledge App

The Jakarta Provincial Government opens chance for people to know the application of Jakarta Smart City. Head Unit of Technical Management (UPT) Jakarta Smart City, Setiaji, said that the agency keeps socializing applications owned by the Jakarta Provincial Government such as Qlue and Pangan Jakarta. “We often visit universities to disseminate the app. Young people are gadget lover. It is hoped that the knowledge will be given to their family also,” he said, Thursday (12/1). He hoped .....

Smart City, Smart Leader

Story by Indonesia Design The pulse of Surabaya keeps beating faster through the city’s accelerating economic development and the completion of several infrastructure projects. All this activity is making Surabaya the nation’s next modern megapolitian area. However, behind these advances; there’s been a respected figure with who has a clear determination and vision: Tri Rismaharini. One of the most influential women in the nation, Ibu Risma, as she is known, has been the mayor of Sura.....

Managing Urban Expansion for the Sustainability of Cities

No one disputes the exponential urban population growth the world is experiencing and its dramatic consequences if we do not act now. Neither does anyone question that good urban planning and design can shape the urban fabric, to accommodate the expected population growth in cities, mostly in developing countries. Indeed, it is very comforting to learn from my discussions with national and local leaders, as well as academics and civil society actors, of the general consensus over the transf.....

Human factors limit smart cities more than technology

While the latest smart gizmo tends to grab headlines, industry experts are urging urban leaders to focus more on smart city challenges with their citizens, rather than the technology, said attendees at the VERGE 16 conference in Santa Clara, Calif. where leaders in the smart cities space gathered. A key sentiment that emerged from the conference was that leaders in government and industry need to stay focused on the larger smart city picture and not get caught up in the latest gee-whiz tech.....

Urban governance: Making the Jakarta Declaration work

The year 2015 was a major milestone in global efforts toward sustainable urbanization and urban development. The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) as a framework for global development led to a new list of 17 goals, replacing the Millennium Development Goals. For the urban community, the center of attention, celebrated as key reference to urban development, was SDG 11: “to make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable.” Following this, attention has tur.....

ITB develops electric 'angkot' for future smart city

The Bandung Institute of Technology (ITB) is continuing its work to develop electric vehicles. After previously making prototypes of an electric minibus, a transport truck and a private vehicle, tempo.co reported that it is currently focused on creating an electric angkot (public minivan), a trike (three-wheeled motorcycle) and a road sweeper vehicle. The Indonesian Endowment Fund for Education (LPDP) is reportedly granting Rp 20 billion (US$1.51 million) annually to campuses that are invol.....

Big Data And The Future Of Smart Cities

Although Big Data has a lot of buzz around it, I believe that in many ways it is still a relatively new and unexplored concept. However, its potential for human analysis is already obvious. This makes it a perfect and integral part of the planning and creation of smart cities. As populations grow and resources become scarcer, the efficient usage of these limited goods becomes more important. Smart cities are a key factor in the consumption of materials and resources. Built on and integratin.....