Case studies

“The core value of a compact city is its capacity to integrate urban policy goals such as economic viability, environmental sustainability and social equity”

OECD Deputy Secretary-General Rintaro Tamaki

Global cities consistently regarded as attractive

Copenhagen, Denmark

Copenhagen is Denmark’s cultural, economic and government centre. It is widely regarded as one of the most environmentally friendly cities in the world.

What makes Copenhagen attractive?

  • Employment opportunities and high wages
  • High-quality waterfront activities and open spaces
  • Well connected bicycle network and walkable streets
  • Distinct urban form, architecture and landmarks

Geneva, Switzerland

Geneva is the second most populated city in Switzerland. The city is compact and is home to a range of global diplomacy organisations, creating a city of diverse culture and employment opportunities.

What makes Geneva attractive?

  • Strong economy and globally connected
  • High quality public open spaces and amenity
  • Diverse, vibrant local character and heritage
  • Walkable streets and well connected public transport

Global cities built from transit-oriented development

In nearly every instance where rail and related transport modes have experienced investment, the subsequent economic activity has given rise to entire micro-economies.

Shin-Yokohama, Japan

Shin-Yokohama Station is a great example of how value uplift using transit oriented development can work.

Shin-Yokohama Station opened on October 1, 1964, with the opening of the Tokaido Shinkansen. At the time, the surrounding area was completely rural, no more than rice paddy fields.

By the 1980’s Yokohama was a thriving metropolis and became the second largest city in Japan, surpassing Osaka. Shin-Yokohama has attracted many large technology companies and related businesses and continues to prosper as a global city.

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