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He found out that part of a bike lane was blocked by road construction. So, with his iPhone, he uploaded this information, GPS-coded, to a web portal, which is now in beta and will be open to the public later this year.
Africa faces nightmare of urban sprawl
Africa’s cities are growing very rapidly. By 2050, 1.2 billion people, or 60 percent of all Africans, will live in urban areas. For the UN’s human settlements programme – known as UN-Habitat – the c
The buying and selling of African city futures
The Economist conference 'Future Cities: managing Africa's urban transformation' was held in Lagos last month. Certainly a rosy picture was painted for the benefit of foreign investors, but what on earth kind of future is being offered to the ordinary urban African?
Global Urban Analysis: A Survey of Cities in Globalization
Global Urban Analysis provides a unique insight into the contemporary world economy through a focus on cities. It is based upon a large-scale customised data collection on how leading businesses use cities across the world: as headquarter locations, for finance, for professional and creative services, for media. These data - involving up to 2000 firms and over 500 cities - provide evidence for both how the leading cities, sometimes called global cities, are coming to dominate the world…