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China cementing global dominance of renewable energy and technology

China is on its way to global dominance of renewable energy just as the US, UK and Australia continue to apply the brakes to clean energy.

January 29, 2017
In-depth topic: Renewable energy

The Evolution of Urban Planning

An illustrative infographic by architect Kon von der Schulenburg explores and highlights the amazing evolution of urban planning dating back to the 1700s.

January 29, 2017
Urban development

Self-driving Vehicles As Instruments for the Coordination of Mobility

The introduction of autonomous vehicles into the roadways will fundamentally change the way we think about traffic management and coordination of mobility.

January 10, 2017
In-depth topic: Automation

The Hidden Trend Behind Population Growth

Even as the world’s population continues to expand, a significant countertrend has been evolving for decades below the surface with far-reaching implications for the global economy and our assumption on economic growth.

December 30, 2016
In-depth topic: Demographics
Finance & Economy

Trump, Russia and China

A likely change in attitude towards Russia and China with the incoming Trump presidency and administration would usher in some pretty farreaching new realities, both geopolitically and economically.

December 25, 2016
Finance & Economy

Monte dei Paschi: Bail-out Or Bail-in?

In the latest episode of the slowly unfolding European banking crisis, Italy is set to bailout with public money Monte dei Paschi, the country’s third largest bank, after the latest attempt to lure private investors to save the bank has failed. A €20 b …

December 21, 2016
In-depth topic: Bank bail-in
Finance & Economy

Help For Land?

Faced with a declining local population and inability to get help for their store, two sisters in a tiny town on Cape Breton Island in Canada, came up with an idea to attract people to their town.

December 21, 2016
In-depth topic: Local resiliency

Fake News and the Mainstream Media

In a classic case of the pot calling the kettle black, the mainstream media is out swinging, naming a few hundred websites ‘fake news’ sites spreading Russian propaganda and costing Clinton the election.

December 11, 2016

Vancouver’s Multi-Modal Success Story

Vancouver’s multi-modal success story – achieving a 50% sustainable mode share of bike, walk and transit, four years earlier than its goal – is demarcated by three seminal events in urban planning and spacing making.

December 6, 2016
In-depth topic: Urban planning

Share Buybacks 2016 Q2 Udpate

The latest FactSet report on S&P buybacks show the buyback frenzy in the past several years might have peaked.

November 30, 2016
In-depth topic: Peak debt
Finance & Economy