Austrian Newspaper Interview

Greg Clark interviewed in Austrian newspaper ‘Die Presse’ about Die Pressethe DNA of Vienna and its story for the next cycle. Click here to open

Professor Greg Clark awarded a Fellowship of the Academy of Social Sciences

UCL Honorary Professor Greg Clark CBE has been made a Fellow STEaPP imageof the Academy of Social Sciences for his role as a leading global authority on cities and his engagement in strategic urban developments across the world.

Podcast with Centre for Cities

Professor Greg Clark and Dr Tim Moonen discuss their two CfC imagerecently published books – World Cities and Nation States and Global Cities: A Short History – with Andrew Carter, Deputy Chief Executive at the Centre for Cities.

In this 60 minute podcast, Greg and Tim discuss the past and present contexts for world cities, different national approaches to their systems of cities, ways to combine national and metropolitan approaches to cities, and what the future of urbanisation may hold.

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New Book: The Short History of Global Cities

The Business of Cities Chairman Greg Clark has published a newglobal-cities-book-image-2 book, entitled The Short History of Global Cities. The book was released at a public launch at Brookings Institution in Washington DC on September 27th 2016, at an event chaired by Financial Times columnist Edward Luce.

This new and distinctive book provides a bite-size introduction to the 4,000 year history and present of global cities, identifying the enduring attributes and enablers of these cities –  trade, connectivity, discovery, innovation, diverse entrepreneurship, and geopolitical opportunity. Ranging from Alexandria to the Aztec cities, from San Francisco to Singapore, the book reveals the factors that have made cities ‘global’, and the ingredients that have allowed some to endure while others fade. The book also looks ahead to the future, examining the new drivers that are transforming cities around the world, and the emerging challenges that global cities will face.

The Short History of Global Cities is available on Amazon (paperback and Kindle) here and the publishers page can be found here.


Benchmarking Report for Sydney

The Committee for Sydney has recently published a new first-among-equalsbenchmarking study carried out by The Business of Cities, which compares Sydney’s performance with 32 other peer cities. The report, entitled ‘First Among Equals?’ highlights Sydney’s unique assets in the Southern Hemisphere and the ongoing strength of its destination brand. It observes Sydney’s recent improvements in terms of innovation, research and overseas investment, but identifies constraints and future challenges around Sydney’s sustainability, spatial development and public transport network, especially at the metropolitan level, something which the Greater Sydney Commission intends to help address.

Keynote Speaker for Property Council of Australia

Greg Clark was honoured to be a keynote speaker and panellist at the Property Congress on Oct 21 2016, as guest of the Property Council of

The slides used by Greg Clark at The Property Congress are available here.

New chapter for UN-Habitat handbook

The Business of Cities has contributed a chapter on real estate and value to a new collection un-habitat-city-leaders-handbookproduced by UN-Habitat and released at Habitat III in Quito. The chapter, entitled The Role of Real Estate in Urbanizing Cities, is one of 15 chapters in the book, and benefited from partnership with co-author Doug Carr at Jones Lang LaSalle. The chapter explains how cities can use land use planning and asset management to create and capture value, and also highlights mechanisms to attract private capital co-investment.

The handbook is a unique collection that has involved the collaboration from numerous institutions and partners of UN-Habitat, including Oxford University, Lincoln Institute of Land Use Policy, C40, the IMF, and Brookings Institution. The handbook is designed for city leaders and technical staff and showcases innovative solutions for enhancing municipal finance and closing the investment gap for cities.

Conference on future of Riga metropolitan area

In October 2016, Tim Moonen at The Business of Cities gave the keynote address and moderated the main international panel at a conference to discuss the future of Riga metropolitan area, at the invitation of the Latvian Ministry of Environmental Protection and Regional Development. The conference was convened to discuss the roles of local and national governments in supporting the development of Riga as a well managed metropolitan capital city. The event benefited from expert input from senior leaders and officials in Oslo, Gdynia and Vienna as well as the OECD.

Presentation to Royal Institute of Dutch Architects

The Business of Cities’ Tim Moonen recently presented a keynote address to the annual conference of the BNA, the Royal Institute of Dutch Architects, in Amsterdam. The presentation provided an overview of the big trends of urbanisation, the rise of new economic models and new kinds of urban development, and the opportunities and imperatives these present for architecture firms.