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Treatment

We are in the process of writing The DNA of Cities book. In the meantime, we have gathered a selection of material that we have already created to show how we treat this terminology. Many of these publications have been prepared in collaboration with our colleagues at The Business of Cities.

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09/2020

Video

The DNA of Cities

In this video, Professor Greg Clark CBE introduces the Century of Cities and decodes our approach to The DNA of Cities.

01/2021

Video

How do Cities Evolve and Recover?

In a WrldCty 2020 keynote, Professor Greg Clark CBE demonstrates how The DNA of Cities can be used to assess the way that individual cities and groups of cities have evolved over time.

07/2020

Report

The global identity of cities: Seven steps to build reputation and visibility for competitiveness and resilience

This report, written with the Brookings Institution and colleagues at The Business of Cities, identifies strategies for metropolitan leaders to communicate their region’s global identity.

12/2016

Article

How cities took over the world: a history of globalisation spanning 4,000 years

Professor Greg Clark CBE identifies key moments in the 4,000-year history of urbanisation.

09/2016

Report

The Seven Habits of Highly Successful Cities

This report, written with colleagues at The Business of Cities for the Committee for Sydney, explains the value of recognising a city’s identity in a globalising world.

08/2016

Book

Global Cities: A Short History

This book investigates 4,000 years of urbanisation to examine the enduring forces - such as trade, migration, war and technology - that have enabled some cities to emerge from the pack into global leadership.

10/2013

Report

The 10 Traits of Globally Fluent Metro Areas

This report, written with the Brookings Institution in Washington DC and The Business of Cities, reviews the histories of 42 cities worldwide. It observes the factors that enable some cities to learn the 'vocabulary' of openness and global exchange.