By 2050, 70% of the world population will be urban.
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In April, 2013, the C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group (C40) and Siemens announced a new collaboration, both a technical partnership focused on greenhouse gas (GHG) measurement and planning, and a global prize competition to highlight excellence in urban sustainability.
The inaugural Award ceremony will be held on September 4, 2013 in the Crystal, Siemens’ Urban Sustainability Center in London. At this event ten of the world’s most climate-minded and sustainable cities will be honored for their actions to combat the sources and impacts of global climate change.
The winning cities have been selected by an independent seven member judging panel consisting of former city Mayors, architects, and representatives of the World Bank, C40 and Siemens.
The so-called City Climate Leadership Awards are granted in 10 categories such as Urban Transportation, Green Energy, Air Quality etc. On the next day, September 5, the City Climate Leadership Awards Conference will have a focus on best practice sharing between the cities. Both events will gather mayors, city planners, and urban sustainability experts for a 2-day program of keynote addresses and breakout sessions and on some of the most pressing climate change and sustainability challenges of the day.
The City was a special series that aired on CNN International which profiled the sustainable urban future of five cities over the course of five days. CNN took a look at how five mayors around the world are building smarter, more liveable cities for the 21st century.
Rooftop gardens to floating homes, CNN looks at how Rotterdam plans to become the world's most sustainable port city.
Rio de Janeiro's mayor Eduardo Paes on his plans for the future, including urbanizing its favelas by 2020.
In September 2013, The Crystal, Siemens’ urban sustainability Center in London, will celebrate its first anniversary.
Since its opening, the Crystal in London has attracted nearly 100.000 visitors and more than 115.000 followers on Facebook. It has hosted a range of impressive events and international conferences with high level audience such as G8 Innovation Conference with Prime Minister David Cameron, and Mayor Boris Johnson’s Low Carbon Awards.
On the occasion of its first anniversary the Crystal will host a number of impressive events – here in chronological order:
From August 30 until September 3 Siemens will show selected highlight performances of the Salzburg Festival at the Crystal in London.
How do soft locational factor interplay with the economic success of a city? The London roundtable investigates the nexus between livability, cultural offering and the attractiveness for top talent. The discussion is embedded in a Salzburg Opera broadcast and a spectacular illumination of the Crystal.
The London Transport Museum, Siemens and CBS outdoor will jointly present a temporary exhibition at the Crystal showing the future developments in underground rail transport. The exhibition starts in early October at the Crystal.
Over the years, Siemens’ wide-ranging expertise has made the company an ideal partner for cities. As with many others, London authorities have relied on Siemens’ infrastructure and mobility solutions for decades.
For example, Siemens not only supplied 1,140 Desiro carriages to the Thameslink rail network and will install the operational control and communication systems for Crossrail but also provided the fully integrated systems architecture for the world’s largest inner city congestion toll scheme.
Commissioned to support the opening of the Crystal in September 2012, Siemens selected ten next generation Filmmakers from 10 cities around the globe to tell their very own personal story of urban sustainability in their city. Each of these 4:00-5:00 minute films, shot in the genre of the Filmmakers choice, centers on one or more urban challenges and solutions. Academy Award winning director Davis Guggenheim mentored the Filmmakers, from creative development through post-production, and provided individual guidance to the Filmmakers.
Louisa Merino left Mexico less than two years ago to study Documentary Filmmaking at the New York Film Academy in New York City. There, her thesis film, LIFELINE (soon to enter the festival circuit), attracted an independent producer, $10,000 in Kickstarter contributions, and subjects that ranged from an Oscar-winning writer and director team to Harry Potter star, Daniel Radcliffe.
Within a year of graduating, Louisa has cut a feature documentary; been selected for the prestigious privilege of serving as the State of Guerrero, Mexico's Minitemporalidad's Visiting Filmmaker; taught film editing in the Metropolitan Museum of Art's "Art and Film" course, and has been hired as David Lynch Foundation's editor.
Camilla is a half British, half Chinese documentary director and producer with extensive experience shooting in China and internationally. She specialises in human-interest and environmentally focused stories and is fluent in English, Mandarin and Spanish. She also works as a Casting AP, Production Coordinator and Field Producer on commercials and other art and documentary projects.
Lost in the Muqam, Camilla's graduation film for The London Film School, aired on Al Jazeera TV in 2010, and she has since directed films for Actionaid and Siemens, in Brazil and the UK.
As Coordinator, AP and field producer, she has worked with Coca-Cola, Nokia and the team behind Manufactured Landscapes on their latest feature Water: A documentary, which was shot across China. She has also worked with opera and film director Chen Shi Zheng, both filming and field producing video content for A Chinese Home which screened at Carnegie Hall.
Camilla is currently developing a documentary set in the Colombian Amazon about the myth of the pink river dolphin.
Eduardo Hunter Moura
was born in Rio and started writing published short stories during his studies of Social Communications in PUC-Rio. After graduating, he worked 6 years as an assistant director in TV Commercials, TV Series, and Feature films in Brazil and abroad.
Holder of a Masters Degree in Film Making with Distinction from The London Film School, Eduardo wrote and directed between 2006 and 2012 several short fiction films, the award winning documentary "B1", and directed DVD shows, video clips, and documentary TV series.
Recently he directed the ESPN film "Hei de Torcer", and his short film "This Film is About" was winner in the Siemens Sustainable City Stories project. He currently works directing, writting and developing fiction and documentary projects for TV and Film.
In 2004 Daniel Jameison
graduated from the Nepean Drama School at the University of Western Sydney. He then worked as an actor in several independent theatre productions, commercials and guest roles on television series. Returning to study in 2006 at Sydney College of the Arts he completed a Masters in Film and Digital Image.
Since then Daniel has worked consistently in the advertising, television and film industries as a director and editor on a number of various projects including TV commercials, viral campaigns, promos, live events, short films and music videos. Daniel has also worked within the Arts, having collaborated with various visual artists on gallery installations and live performance events including the Underbelly Arts Lab in 2008 and 2009 and with Version 1.0 Theatre Company in 2011.
In 2011 he also directed the film 'Things to Do' which premiered at Tropfest before going on to be selected for several other national and international film festivals including the St Kilda Film Festival and the London Film Festival. Daniel's craft for story telling is clearly demonstrated in his work. With a unique skills set and understanding of the creative process, he brings his ideas to life with a sensitivity and openness that captures the emotion of the story and that resonates with his audiences.
Sabine Steyer has been working since 10 years in different functions within the film world with such renowned directors as Werner Schroeter and Andreas Dresen. After finishing her studies in Visual Communications with Wim Wenders at the University of Fine Arts in Hamburg, she worked: as an editor for Christoph Schlingensief's last film The African Twintowers, as a Production Manager for National Geographic and Discovery Channel documentaries and such arthouse films as Invisible Frame featuring Tilda Swinton.
When creating her own work Sabine dedicates herself to the world of documentary filmmaking. Her latest work is a full length documentary called Ms. Senior Sweetheart. The film follows its protagonists through a US beauty pageant for woman over 58 and is an ode to the effervescence of a life well lived. Since 2011 Sabine regularly shoots short musician documentaries for instance about Lana del Rey, William Fitzsimmons or Wallis Bird for the german TV channel 3sat.
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The Crystal is an independent global knowledge hub and dialogue center on sustainable urban living and development. Based in the Royal Victoria Docks in East London the Crystal is home to the world's largest exhibition on the future of our cities. The building serves as a conference center, urban dialogue platform and technology and innovation center all in one, bringing together political decision-makers, infrastructure experts and the general public (Londoners, students, tourists) in order to develop concepts for the future of cities and their infrastructures. It is a place that sets out to explore how urbanization can improve our economic, environmental and social prospects.
The building itself sets a benchmark for sustainable building, design and technology and has just recently reached the highest certification on BREEAM scores and is designed to also meet the LEED Platinum certificate.
Cities are the growth drivers of our future. But they also account for the biggest share of energy consumption, CO2 emissions and environmental impact. Cities are where we can make a difference. The Crystal exhibition showcases the global trends and challenges, but also existing technological solutions to build environmentally sustainable, livable and prosperous cities. Across nine zones, the exhibition encourages us to change the way we all think about our cities, now and for future generations.
In the 'Clean and Green' zone at the Crystal you can experience first hand how green technology and infrastructure are vital to limiting emissions, pollution and energy consumption.
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