People

The movers and shakers of urban living

People are the heart and soul of the green urban development movement. Urban dwellers have turned into smart city experts, transforming their cities into sustainable living spaces which ensure a high-quality of living despite rapidly growing populations. People for smarter cities come together to create grass-roots movements, raise awareness, pool resources, and collectively shrink the impact cities have on the environment. People are the brains behind new concepts and the visionaries that foresee a world that creates no waste. The driving force for change, smart city people are the future.

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Meike Niedbal, Head of Business Development at DB Station & Service AG and Project Lead Smart Cities, discusses how current trends are leading to a revolution in mobility, and how urban public transportation can improve quality of life for all demographic groups.

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Tyler Brûlé’s urban interests are regularly on display in his influential magazine Monocle, in the annual Monocle Quality of Life Survey of 25 world cities, and at the Urban Quality of Life Conference. URBAN HUB talks with Tyler Brûlé about how he became so interested in the multi-faceted aspects of city living.

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With the support of the International Technical Services (ITS) network, Kirsty Green keeps elevators from a wide range of manufacturers up and running in the greater Manchester area. Read about some of her interesting encounters, day-to-day tasks and what she expects for the future of elevators.

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Cities are becoming ever-more connected as the world gets smaller. They have been the main driving force of globalization and set the stage for innovation and modern living. URBAN HUB spoke with renowned expert Dr. Parag Khanna about the past, present and future of our cities.

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