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Agile Cities for a new age of accessibility, efficiency and growth

Agile Cities for a new age of accessibility, efficiency and growth

A partnership between Living Labs Global, and  The Climate Group  will support cities in answering these questions on how new technologies can be used effectively to meet climate, urban service, social and economic objectives. The initiative will provide a concrete platform – - for linking cities with solutions available in the global market.

About the initiative


As urbanization trends continue, cities are dealing with complex challenges. At the same time, citizens have a profusion of tools - such as mobile phones, Internet access - to help them live better lives. At the intersection of these are opportunities both for cities and citizens. The application of new ‘smart solutions’ helps complex systems become more efficient, increasing connectivity and feedback, and providing powerful new decision-making tools.

Cities have the most to gain: they are dependent upon infrastructure that is of high complexity and is facing increasing pressures, and they are responsible for over 70% of Greenhouse Gas (GHG) emissions through transportation, buildings and other city services. It is therefore critical that city leaders understand the opportunities available, and know where these services provide value for the city in delivering policy outcomes related to economic development, job growth, environmental impact, social inclusion and quality of life.

Over the next decade, cities across the world are expected to invest massively in new high technology infrastructures. These infrastructures promise to make cities more productive, more efficient, and thereby more sustainable, through the implementation of smart solutions, thereby becoming smart cities. This means cities are faced with a considerable challenge in becoming agile global procurers and regulators of technology on a large scale, raising several questions for city management. A partnership between Living Labs Global and The Climate Group will support cities in answering these questions.




  • 14/02/2014

    The seventh session of the World Urban Forum (WUF-7), hosted by the city of Medellin in Colombia is taking place from next April 5 to 11, with the general title of “Urban Equity in Development - Cities for Life”, and Metropolis is actively participating in its discussions.

    The theme “Cities for Life”, which is both aspirational and practical, nourishes the hope of a more equitable, socially inclusive urban world that can devise comprehensive safeguards for all. "Urban equity in development" is not just an ideal. It is a concept framework that guides decision-making to enhance lives in cities for all; a useful tool needed to redefine the urban policy agenda at local, national and regional levels. How these notions apply to existing or emerging Metropolises?




  • 29/11/2012

    The Metropolis Initiatives celebrated their first year of activity and made a successful presentation at the Metropolis Board of Directors meeting in Guangzhou. In order to promote their activity and be able to reach new collaborators and organizations interested in taking part, some of the Initiatives have made videos showing what they have done so far and their plans for the future. Check the videos here.  

  • 10/07/2012

    Metropolis, in partnership with Living Labs Global, The Climate Group, and the Technology Strategy Board, is running the Agile Cities initiative to develop a specific technological platform - an Open Standard - for the discovery and evaluation of innovations for cities helping to tackle their urban challenges.

    To join Agile Cities fill out this survey* on how your city innovates -- it should only take a few minutes.With Agile Cities,the standards and procedures will help us build a global marketplace for high-impact innovations, as well as exchange experiences among cities.



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