October 31, 2017
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Posted by NCID

Cities concentrate 54% of the world population (approximately 4000 million people), more than 70% of the world's GDP and more than 80% of world's CO2. 

A city is a physical and tangible reality, but also a social construction. The right to a city is understood as a place and possibility to develop human rights where its complexity and miscenegation must be considered.

On October 31st we celebrate World Cities Day and we must emphasize the importance of understanding its functioning in order to combat the most rising challenges the world faces: poverty, equity and social inclusion and climate change.

The best way to focus the study of cities is using a multidisciplinary approach, combining the economic variables with the physical, administrative and social ones, and working with GIS-data and other analysis tools to find opportunities where these variables come together.

The spatial-economic investigation of cities would help us understand where and why does the economic activity develop on a global scale and, ultimately, to put forward actions that are aimed towards a sustainable, inclusive and equitable development.