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A dose of innovation to ease infrastructure strains?

September 2014—A huge spending tab looms. The financial pressures will prompt nations to think creatively about their needs.more

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Tackling the world’s affordable housing challenge

October 2014—A third of urban dwellers—1.6 billion people—could struggle to secure decent housing by 2025. A McKinsey Global Institute report details four approaches that could help.

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Creating growth clusters: What role for local government?

July 2014—A systematic approach to implementation could help start-up ecosystems flourish.more

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Scaling a start-up community: An interview with Berlin’s mayor

July 2014—The German city is actively—and aggressively—seeking to become Europe’s entrepreneurial hub. Mayor Klaus Wowereit explains how.more

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How to build a skyscraper in two weeks

May 2014—China’s Broad Group is revolutionizing commercial building. Chairman and CEO Zhang Yue explains why traditional construction practices are outdated and how the industry can change.more

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Maximizing revenue from government-owned assets

May 2014—Privatizing government assets is just one way to improve fiscal health or invest in new infrastructure. To create value for the public, all options should be considered.more

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Building societies: An interview with Madeleine Albright

May 2014—Infrastructure is about much more than cement, according to the former US secretary of state and chair of the Albright Stonebridge Group.more

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Building the creative economy: An interview with Richard Florida

December 2013—The academic and author explains how creative companies and the venture capital that drives them are increasingly flowing to cities, and what that means for economic and societal development.more

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Urban world: The shifting global business landscape

October 2013—By 2025, almost half of the world’s biggest companies will probably be based in emerging markets, profoundly altering global competitive dynamics.more

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How to make a city great

September 2013—By 2030, 60 percent of the world’s population will live in cities. That could mean great things for economic growth—if the cities handle their expansion wisely. Here’s how.more

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Infrastructure productivity: How to save $1 trillion a year

January 2013—Just keeping pace with projected global GDP growth will require an estimated $57 trillion in infrastructure investment between now and 2030. Practical steps can reduce infrastructure spending by 40 percent—an annual saving of $1 trillion—by boosting productivity. more

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