CAPE TOWN hits the top list again – 18 Most Innovative Cities in the World
CAPE TOWN tops again!
Amongst the ’18 Most Innovative Cities in the World’
Showing that innovation has no boundaries, six BestCities partners showcase on Business Insider’s 2014 list of the ‘18 Most Innovative Cities in the World’. The eleven partners are amongst the 2014 ‘Innovation Cities Index’ released by 2thinknow in Melbourne, Australia.
Image above: Cape Town, Western Cape / South Africa
“Innovation can be defined as ‘finding a better way of doing something’ which as the world’s first convention bureau alliance, BestCities Global Alliance has been doing for more than a decade, delivering the best professional practices and service to the meetings industry,” mentioned Karen Bolinger who is the BestCities Board Chair and CEO of the Melbourne Convention Bureau.
“Each BestCities destination demonstrates high standards of creativity and innovation across a broad range of traits and industries making them all worthy beneficiaries of the recognition bestowed by both organisations,” said Ms Bolinger.
With the use of various metrics including patents per capita and skyscraper heights, Business Insider has identified how modern cities around the world are pushing the limits of design, industry and urban planning.
Image above: Victoria and Alfred Waterfront in Cape Town, South Africa
Amongst their list of 18, the following six BestCities partners were featured:
“Singapore has the best infrastructure in the world, including an airport complete with a butterfly garden, rooftop pool, movie theatres, hotels, spas, showers, and even a four-story slide. Copenhagen, boasts some of the most efficient nationalized healthcare on Earth, with both maternity and paternity leave. Cape Town makes it easy to get off fossil fuels, by making solar water heaters available to citizens. Vancouver has set a mission to become the greenest city in the world by 2020, which has already led to a 20% decrease in water consumption. Plus, 41% of people walk or bike to get around. Dubai features strikingly innovative architecture, like the 160-story-tall Burj Khalifa, the tallest building on earth.”
The city of Copenhagen (9) was the highest ranked of all BestCities partners with Berlin (13) and Tokyo (15) also placed in the top 20. Chicago (21) and Houston (42) in the USA have both climbed in the rankings this year and are considered “cities on the rise.”
Vancouver (39) is the third highest placed Canadian city and Dubai (28) remains the “innovative capital of the Gulf.” In Asia and Oceania, both Melbourne (23) and Singapore (27) maintain the strong positions that have seen then both as regional winners. Edinburgh (66) is the highest Scottish city in the index and third in the United Kingdom. Cape Town (128) is the highest placed African city.
Image above: Cape Town city centre, Western Cape / South Africa
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