Urban Nexus // The Contribution of Innovation in Urban Resilience and Sustainability to Realizing the Urban Nexus
By Nicholas You. The purpose of this article is to look at lessons learned from a unique snapshot of case studies in urban innovation from different regions and contexts. The case studies share one thing in common: they were peer reviewed and selected by an independent panel of experts from more than two hundred initiatives submitted for the 2014 Guangzhou International Award for Urban Innovation. The thematic areas of the finalists for 2014 very much reflect the real-world challenges facing cities today. Unambiguously topping the list, and as the urban world’s premier concern, are nine cities that are seeking ways and means to protect themselves and others against the ravages of climate change. The purpose of this chapter is to provide a preliminary overview of some of these city initiatives as a contribution to further analysis and discussion of how the urban Nexus can help make our cities and metro-regions more resilient and sustainable.
Nicholas You is a veteran urban specialist and thought leader. He is a former chairman of the UN-Habitat World Urban Campaign Steering Committee, the Assurance Group for Urban Infrastructure of the World Business Council for Sustainable Development, and is currently the Chair of the Urban Strategy and Innovation Council for GDF-Suez. He also serves as a member of the board of Citiscope, the Huairou Commission and the Joslyn Institute for Sustainable Communities, and he is a fellow of the Guangzhou Institute for Urban Innovation and the Centre for Livable Cities, Singapore.
The Water, Food, Energy and Climate Nexus: Challenges and an agenda for action. Edited by Felix Dodds and Jamie Bartram. London, New York 2016, pp. 93-104