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Sistema IDESC, al servicio de la municipalidad y de los ciudadanos

Cali, 13 marzo 2015 — Los SIG pueden ser unas herramientas formidables a la hora de identificar problemas sociales y también en la formulación y el monitoreo de las soluciones a dichos problemas. Cali está desarrollando un SIG abierto al público que ya ha sido utilizado por NGOs para definir programas y prioridades. Leer más.

Áp dụng GIS trong quy hoạch trạm cứu hỏa đô thị: Giành lấy từng phút quý giá

Ho Chi Minh City, 11 Tháng Ba 2015 — Với dân cư đông đúc cùng nhiều kho hàng và khu ổ chuột chật chội, TP. HCM luôn đối mặt với hiểm hoạ cháy, đe doạ cuộc sống và tài sản của người dân. Nhận thấy mối đe doạ này, một nhóm nghiên cứu quyết định hỗ trợ các chiến sĩ PCCC rút ngắn thời gian tác nghiệp bằng cách áp dụng công nghệ hệ thống thông tin địa lý (GIS). Xem thêm.

Nairobi, a global leader in using data informatics and mapping quality of life

Nairobi, 9 March 2015 — The explosion in the use of mapping and data analytics to identify hotspots of insecurity and vulnerability has been directly aided by Kenyan developers, technologists, and the entrepreneurial spirit pulsating in Nairobi. See more.

¿En dónde identificó la pobreza urbana en el DF?

Mexico D.F., 6 marzo 2015 — Antes del 2004 se desconocían las cifras de pobreza en México; el surgimiento de la Ley General de Desarrollo Social permitió la creación de un instituto autónomo para la medición de la pobreza desde un enfoque integral. El marco normativo e institucional ha dado pie a la identificación y visualización georreferenciada de la pobreza en el DF desde el ámbito público y de la sociedad civil. Leer más.

The portal for government transparency: Aiding public awareness through infographics

Lagos, 5 March 2015 — Gaining access to information and understanding that information are two separate issues: data that's been gathered is often hard to interpret. BudgIt is an organization whose mission is to bring clarity to modern-day issues and governance performances through new media techniques, providing much desired clarity to the public. See more.

Crecimiento espontáneo de los barrios en Caracas

Caracas, 4 marzo 2015 — La ciudad informal permanece ausente en mapas principalmente por su condición temporal, su transformación continua y su carácter "informal". Sin embargo, nuevas tecnologías han aumentado las posibilidades del "mapeo de barrios". En Caracas, Enlace Arquitectura, una firma de arquitectura local, inició un proyecto de investigación para mapear el crecimiento de los asentamientos informales desde 1966 hasta el presente. Leer más.

'We have to get urbanization right': A Q&A with Felipe Calderón on cities in the New Climate Economy

2015 is a year of utmost importance for the global sustainable development agenda, and cities will play a pivotal role. Landmark global decisions over the next 12 months provide opportunities to unlock the potential of cities and improve quality of life for billions worldwide. We sat down with Felipe Calderón, Chair of the Global Commission on the Economy and Climate and keynote speaker at the upcoming Transforming Transportation 2015 conference, to learn more about how cities can drive forward sustainable, low-carbon economic growth. Read more.

Mobile surveys: The innovative human microphone

Dar es Salaam, 16 January 2015 — This article explores how technology is providing insight into the lived experience of Dar es Salaam's residents. Mobile technology is now enabling residents to share their perceptions, giving citizens a voice in the city and a way to express their needs and concerns. Mobile technology is not only changing how the city can be navigated but is providing a tool for collecting information and enabling monitoring and evaluation of the urban experience. See more.

Alain Bertaud on "Top Down Design vs. Spontaneous Order: Impact on Housing Affordability"

The spatial structure of large cities is a mix of top-down design and spontaneous order determined by the market. In his talk at the Cities and Development conference, Alain Bertaud argued that although top-down design is indispensable for establishing city-wide primary infrastructure, the city planners' urge to control often goes too far. At the neighborhood level, he explained, cities need spontaneity. Read more.

Edward Glaeser: "Cities in the Developing World"

In his talk on "Cities in the Developing World," Edward Glaeser started by arguing that cities do not make people poor, but rather attract poor people who previously lived in more rural areas. Today, the world’s poorest countries are urbanizing rapidly. This is a stark difference from richer countries in the Global North, which had comparatively more wealth before their respective historic periods of rapid urbanization. Glaeser suggested that one of the main explanations for this divergence is the state of the global agriculture industry. When western nations underwent urbanization in the 19th century, the global trade economy was relatively small. In order for large parts of the population to move to cities, a country’s agricultural industry had to already be well-developed enough to sustain the national population as fewer and fewer people worked on farms. A country needed to reach a certain level of wealth before urbanization could happen. Today, with a global economy in which food can be shipped all over the world, individual countries do not require a strong domestic agricultural industry in order for many people to move to cities, and so urbanization can occur in poorer contexts. Read more.