NEW YORK, Oct. 15, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- United Business Media has announced the launch of UBM Future Cities ( http://www.ubmfuturecities.com), a global online community for industry leaders and decision makers concerned with building, supporting, and designing the world's cities of the future. This initiative, led by UBM DeusM, is the first-ever venture to be launched as a joint project across UBM's 14 global business units. More than 150 of the world's leading experts in urbanization and city building have signed on as guest bloggers for the Future Cities community, including: Xavier Trias, Mayor of Barcelona; Steve Lewis, CEO of Living PlanIT; Angela Brady, President of RIBA; Dan Mathieson, Mayor of Stratford, Ontario; Bill Limond, CIO of London; John Tolva, CTO of Chicago; Mathieu Lefevre, Executive Director of the New Cities Foundation; Lee Leffingwell, Mayor of Austin, Texas; Jane Henley, CEO of the World Green Building Council; Kian-Keong Chin, Chief Engineer of Transportation, LTA, Singapore; and Rick Robinson, IBM Executive Architect for Smarter Cities, among others. The site will feature discussions around the subject of rapid urbanization and the urgent need to build new cities and retrofit old ones in a sustainable manner. A fully multimedia portal, UBM Future Cities will feature blog content, as well as video blogs, live video and audio shows, infographics, live chat discussions with urbanization experts, and more. Nicole Ferraro, previously Editor in Chief of Internet Evolution, DeusM's largest community, has been named Editor in Chief of UBM Future Cities. "By 2050, it's projected that 70 percent of the world's population will live in cities," says Ferraro. "There's an immediate need to have a global dialogue about building sustainable, livable cities of the future. And the 150 experts we've enlisted thus far to write for this site recognize that UBM is in the perfect position to host this conversation and to build a vibrant community around this critical subject."