Tokyo is a spellbinding city. Here we take a look at eight innovative companies from the city that have shaped the world we live in.
In Tokyo, one tall building is helping to change the way we think about schools and how they should look.
With Philips SchoolVision, teachers control the classroom atmosphere by matching the lighting to the activity. Lighting can be adjusted to be engaging, stimulating, relaxing or calming.
The Swedish city of Malmö is home to a company looking to revolutionize cycle safety with an 'invisible' helmet. How?
How is Barcelona building on its heritage of creativity to broaden access to cutting edge technologies?
A new project that aims to make your Google Street View experience more immersive by crowd-sourcing sounds from around the world.
Britons will travel to a spaceport in a driverless car where they could download pictures on 5G networks, according to government plans.
We take sanitation for granted. How is innovation bringing clean, waterless toilets to the developing world?
Innovation is enabling Brazilian students to study and learn online. How will this help broaden access to the country's best universities?
Take a look at 10 of the world's most spectacular and innovative stadiums, many of them used in global sporting events.
Cities around the world that have embraced technology to tackle their problems – have your say on where in the world is the most innovative.
How are technology and forward thinking helping to change both the way our children learn, as well as the buildings they learn in?
Lack of space in major cities is forcing architects to come up with new housing solutions. We take a look at some of the most innovative.
Innovations in education are transforming the way our children learn. What will classrooms of the future look like?
If a city wants to show off, it builds a skyscraper. We look at ten of the world's most innovative and awe inspiring to date.
With over half the world's population now aged under 30, some cities are better than others at catering for young people. Where would you live?
Poll: With over half the world's population now aged under 30, some cities are better than others at catering for young people. Where would you live?
With cities growing rapidly, great strain is being placed on healthcare. How is innovation helping to lower costs and make patients better?
Singapore is one of the most forward thinking cities when it comes to sustainability, and now other Asian cities are looking to it for inspiration.
In the course of rapid urbanization, environmental issues often take a back seat. This city in Asia however, has managed to balance growth and sustainability.
Copenhagen's high-tech industries are poised to boost Denmark's economy as the capital sets its sights on innovation and green living.
In our ongoing coverage of innovative cities, CNBC's Louisa Bojesen gets behind the operations of a Danish company that gives total control to the eyes.
Advances in technology mean that we'll soon be able to connect with friends and loved ones in vivid, 'almost real' video calls.
Liu Thai-Ker, chairman of the advisory board of the Centre for Liveable Cities, says China can learn lessons from Singapore on how to create sustainable cities.
Henry Steed, principle design director at ICN Design International, says investing in sustainable infrastructure now will provide good returns in the long term.
Technology is improving the lives of amputees, enabling them to move prosthetic limbs just by thinking. How?
How are authorities in the Basque Country using technology to care for ageing, chronically ill patients?
How are technology and the internet making our domestic lives more intuitive, productive and, perhaps most importantly, cost effective?
The way our children learn is changing. How are advances in technology helping them broaden their educational horizons?
How is cutting edge surveillance technology enabling authorities around the world to prevent - and react to - criminal activity?
How is today's technology warning us of potential health risks, and helping to save lives in critical emergencies?
An economics prize looks to ease Britain's housing crunch by challenging entrants to come up with a new garden city design.
How are London and Guangzhou, China, planning for the public transport challenges of the future?
With congestion a problem for cities all over the world, could making public transport free ease gridlock and help the environment?
Using technology and architecture, Hamburg and Songdo are two cities striving to be sustainable - what makes them so special?
With urban space at a premium, how is Building Information Modeling (BIM), being used to design and plan sustainable cities of the future?
Our cities are getting bigger, with pollution a real problem - how can citizens create environments where nature and concrete co-exist?
Security is a huge concern in cities throughout the world: how are police using technology to predict where crimes are going to take place?
CNBC's Tom Mackenzie explores the latest technology when it comes to building the places that most of us across the globe call home.
In the final episode of our theme week on 'Innovation Cities,' Tom Mackenzie takes a look at the new technology designed to help make us all more secure.
CNBC's Tom Mackenzie sets out to find out what's being done to get city dwellers around quickly, cheaply and with the least impact on the environment.
How are apps making our homes smarter, more intuitive, and cost effective?
Ayesha Khanna, Director of the Hybrid Reality Institute, a research and advisory group that focuses on the evolution of technology, explains why increased city surveillance is essential.
Jonathan Collins, Principal Analyst at technology market research firm, ABI Research discusses health apps.
Prof Dr Uwe Krueger, CEO of Atkins, discusses future-proofing major cities.
As cities tackle pollution through regulation, new technology is helping city residents keep a personal track on their health.
Aide Tomer, Senior Research Associate, Metropolitan Policy Program at the Brookings Institution says city planners can't keep building roads to solve congestion issues.
In the first part of our themed week on Innovation Cities, CNBC's Tom Mackenzie takes a look at what's being done right now to make our cities more sustainable.
John Fitzgerald, CEO, Asia Pacific at the Urban Land Institute discusses Beijing's urbanization progress as investors anticipate land reforms from the Third Plenum meeting.
Peter Lindlahr, managing director at hySolutions, discusses sustainable cars and how they can be used to help the environment.
Wolfgang Schmidt, state secretary for the City of Hamburg, discusses what makes Hamburg a leading sustainable city.