Thai Migration and Movements

October 26, 2020

How Do We Tackle the Urban Job Crisis?

June 06, 2019

What can governments do to improve peoples’ preparation for the new labor market in a “glocal,” or global, economy? The concept of work is as old as civilization. Aristotle, the great Greek philosopher, used the expression praxis for doing something for its own purpose, and poiesis to...

If Manhattan Was a Farm

February 02, 2016

Cities are the ultimate space-savers. Once you own chickens, everything starts to look different. When I happen upon a picture of Guantanamo Bay, for instance, I can’t help but see the gleaming barbed wire-enclosed prisonscape as the ultimate man-sized coop. It’s the tops in terms of...

Do We Need Big Data to Create Smart Cities?

January 21, 2016

Data collection and analysis have played an important role in smart cities, but should citizens’ privacy be used as a foundation? The real-time analysis of data procured over various electronic platforms has become integral to the development of infrastructure, planning and policy formulation...

Building a Transformer Home in Hong Kong

December 06, 2015

How do you turn one room into 24? Gary Chang, a Chinese architect, has lived in a 344-square-foot apartment in Hong Kong for almost his entire life. His parents and three sisters occupied the tiny space, then divided into three rooms, and even managed to sublet one room to a tenant. This is not...

The 22nd Century City

November 09, 2015

How will we define cities in the next century when most populations will feel the influence of globalization? In summer 2002, I was driven from Nanjing to Shanghai through Suzhou, a distance of about 250 kilometers. I was struck by the fact that we journeyed through almost continuous urban...

Sustainable Cities of the Future

October 28, 2015

With half the world’s population currently living in urban areas, cities are key to the future of sustainable development. Background With over half the world’s population living in cities, the 21st century has been described as the urban century. It is estimated that 75% of the...

Is Urbanization Good For Us?

January 06, 2015

Former Irish Prime Minister John Bruton argues that Ireland has done exceptionally well to develop critical masses of skilled people. In global terms, the pull of ever bigger cities seems inexorable. In 1970, a third of the world’s population lived in cities, while more than half do so today....