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Innovation and the Growth of Cities

The geography of the United States is being reshaped, Zoltan Acs argues, and innovation holds the key. He is the kind of scholar who does not get hemmed in by disciplinary boundaries. He does not get bound up in conceptual mumbo-jumbo. He takes on real-world problems: what kinds of firms innovate? Where do they do it? And, what does this mean for cities and regions?


Intelligent Cities and Globalisation of Innovation Networks

The development of a city in the twenty-first century is at the crossroad of the rising knowledge economy and the increasing digitalisation of contemporary urban life. Intelligent Cities and Globalisation of Innovation Networks outlines a new paradigm of urban and regional development, emerging from the meeting of the knowledge economy with the virtual world and the global outsourcing networks.


How Google Is Turning Cities Into R&D Labs

When Google’s city-focused innovation company, Sidewalk Labs, launched in June of 2015, few specifics were known despite the fanfare. Its founders said that it would “pursue technologies to cut pollution, curb energy use, streamline transportation, and reduce the cost of city living.” CEO Dan Doctoroff explains how the startup is defining its scope and developing the technology to tackle the challenges of 21st-century cities.


Does innovation point the road ahead?

It is impossible to say whether Uber is worth the $17 billion its investors believe it to be; like any start-up, it could fail. But for all its flaws, Uber is anything but trivial. It could well transform transportation the way Amazon has altered shopping —by using slick, user-friendly software and mountains of data to completely reshape an existing market, ultimately making many modes of urban transportation cheaper, more flexible and more widely accessible to people across the income spectrum.