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Economist Intelligence Unit

AkzoNobel has partnered with the Economist's renowned Intelligence Unit (EIU), to explore what makes urban areas sustainable and examine how our cities can become more human.A team of expert thinkers and writers have shared their thoughts on this page. To download the full report click here

Urban diversityUrban diversity     
Mike Raco discusses why urban diversity can play a key role in making cities more competitive.
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Learning from slumsLearning from slums     
Alfredo Brillembourg explains how cities can learn lessons from the world’s slums.
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Cleaner and greener transportCleaner and greener transport     
Tim Pryce discusses how to create cleaner and more sustainable transport systems.
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Enabling resilient citiesEnabling resilient cities      
Michael Weigelt highlights the role of technology in improving city infrastructure.      
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Rethinking urban technology_productRethinking Urban Technology     
Emma Stewart explains why the idea of smart cities is confusing.      
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Future-proofing transportFuture-proofing transport    
Philipp Rode offers answers and highlights on how to effectively develop urban transport systems.     
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Fostering social interaction in citiesFostering social interaction in cities    
Jeff Risom looks at why public spaces are a city’s life force.    
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The heritage capital in cities_productBalancing change with historic identity   
Simon Thurley discusses how cities can balance development with their cultural character.   
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Biomimetic officeUsing nature as an inspiration for architecture 
Michael Pawlyn describes how architects are increasingly using nature as a source of inspiration. 
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Greening our citiesGreening our cities
Martín Andrade explains how public green areas can improve the lives of poor families.
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Housing and educationHousing and education
Why housing is the secret to successful urban schools.
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Interview shot squareAge-friendly cities
Ruth Finkelstein discusses why age-friendly design should be at the heart of city planning.
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Future-proofing citiesFuture-proofing cities
An in-depth look at why cities have to change to cope with the demands of the future.
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