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Opening nieuwe rechtbank Almere - Nieuwsbank - Nieuwsbank (persbericht) (abonnement)

Opening nieuwe rechtbank Almere - Nieuwsbank
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Almere heeft sinds begin dit jaar haar eigen rechtbank. Vrijdag 12 april wordt de nieuwe locatie van de rechtbank Midden-Nederland feestelijk geopend.
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A truly smart city is more than sensors big an all-seeing internet

A truly smart city is more than sensors big an all-seeing internet | Almere Smart City | Scoop.it
Investing billions in big data and smart technology isn’t the only answer to building more sustainable urban areas. We need to focus on the big levers

To a classical economist, cities should not really exist at all. They represent disease, higher costs of goods, land, and labour, and in so many cases, congestion that leaves workers stuck behind the wheel rather than their more productive desks or factory lines.

Cities represent the majority of greenhouse gas emissions (pdf), combined sewage overflows, and air pollutants. Meanwhile, urbanites experience many of the worst effects of the steady decline in ecological function. In 2013 alone, China’s poor air quality shut down Harbin, a city of 11 million people, and crippled the capital city of Beijing.

And yet, cities are the world’s engines of economic growth, accounting for 70% of global GDP and even more as the balance of humans tips from 50% to 70% urban between now and 2050.

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Arup | Publications | Delivering the Smart City

Arup | Publications | Delivering the Smart City | Almere Smart City | Scoop.it
There is an opportunity to use ubiquitous urban sensing, big data and analytics to better understand the real-time functioning of our cities, as well as inform longer-term planning and policy decisions.

This report, produced by Arup and University College London (UCL), analyses the spending patterns of eight major UK cities to gain an understanding of how much cities are paying for technology, as well as considering whether this expenditure is ‘smart’.
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Alicia Asin: "Big Data and the Hypocrisy of Privacy"

A keynote address from Strata Europe 2014 in Barcelona, "Hiding Information Inside Big Data, and the Hypocrisy of Privacy."

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“Welcome to the era of big, bad, open information.”

Analysts have predicted huge numbers of Internet-connected devices in our future for years now. We may dispute the number, but it is clear that the Internet of Things (IoT) will produce a colossal amount of data.

Our social networks collect masses of data and so do the sensor networks that blanket our cities and everywhere else—from outer space down to our personal items. Before we can even figure out how huge data can translate to information, via context, people are already declaring a state of surveillance capitalism running our lives. The question of privacy looms large. Is it hypocrisy? What would happen if big data were open data?

About Alicia Asin (Libelium):
Alicia Asín is CEO and co-founder of Libelium, the wireless sensor hardware provider, creators of Waspmote, a modular, open source sensor platform for the Internet of Things (IoT). Alicia is a computer engineer focused on how IoT can change our world, starting with Smart Cities and smart agriculture. She is a frequent speaker at international conferences on issues related to Smart Cities, wireless sensor networks and IoT.

Alicia is recognized for achievements in business and technology: she was named best business manager in Foreign Trade (ADEA 2011); she was awarded the highest recognition for her paper on Computer Architecture (WCAE 2007, San Diego). Alicia is the first woman to receive the National Young Entrepreneur Award at the 2014 meeting of the Spanish Confederation of Young Entrepreneurs (CEAJE). https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y9Dim...

Alicia holds a master’s degree in computer engineering from the Polytechnic Center, University of Zaragoza, and is a graduate of the Cambridge Judge Business School and ESADE.
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De Spiraal omlaag - Follow the Money

De Spiraal omlaag - Follow the Money | Almere Smart City | Scoop.it
Senator professor Kees de Lange maakt zich grote zorgen over het beleid van de Nederlandse regering ten aanzien van 'Europa'. In deze bijdrage legt hij uit waar volgens hem de knel- én verbeterpunten zitten.

Elk jaar houdt de Eerste Kamer de Algemene Financiële Beschouwingen. Op 18 november was het weer zo ver. Natuurlijk zou men langdurig kunnen ingaan op allerlei kruimels uit de Miljoenennota. Omdat de financieel-economische en monetaire problemen ons over de schoenen lopen, kijk ik juist op deze gebieden liever naar waar we vorig jaar stonden en waar we nu staan. Een debat op hoofdlijnen dus. En om maar met de deur in huis te vallen: op hoofdlijnen is Nederland faliekant op de verkeerde weg. Nog steeds en steeds meer. Die stelling verdient uiteraard onderbouwing.

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From concrete to telepathy: how to build future cities as if people mattered

From concrete to telepathy: how to build future cities as if people mattered | Almere Smart City | Scoop.it
(I was honoured to be asked to speak at TEDxBrum in my home city of Birmingham this weekend. The theme of the event was “DIY” – “the method of building, modifying or repairing something without the aid of experts or professionals”. In other words, how Birmingham’s people, communities and businesses can make their home a better place. This is a rough transcript of my talk).

What might I, a middle-aged, white man paid by a multi-national corporation to be an expert in cities and technology, have to say to Europe’s youngest city, and one of its most ethnically and nationally diverse, about how it should re-create itself “without the aid of experts or professionals”?

Perhaps I could try to claim that I can offer the perspective of one of the world’s earliest “digital natives”. In 1980, at the age of ten, my father bought me one of the world’s first personal computers, a Tandy TRS 80, and taught me how to programme it using “machine code“.

But about two years ago, whilst walking through London to give a talk at a networking event, I was reminded of just how much the world has changed since my childhood.

I found myself walking along Wardour St. in Soho, just off Oxford St., and past a small alley called St. Anne’s Court which brought back tremendous memories for me. In the 1980s I spent all of the money I earned washing pots in a local restaurant in Winchester to travel by train to London every weekend and visit a small shop in a basement in St. Anne’s Court.

I’ve told this story in conference speeches a few times now, perhaps to a total audience of a couple of thousand people. Only once has someone been able to answer the question:

“What was the significance of St. Anne’s Court to the music scene in the UK in the 1980s?”

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Linden Lab explores VR for its next-generation virtual world (interview)

Linden Lab explores VR for its next-generation virtual world (interview) | Almere Smart City | Scoop.it
Under new CEO Ebbe Altberg, the company is working on its successor to Second Life.

Linden Lab has been around forever, and Ebbe Altberg, the new chief executive of the publisher of the Second Life virtual world, has a tough task ahead of him. The company is in the middle of pivoting away from its last pivot. It is doing so by doubling down on Second Life and its next-generation experience, as well as the Blocksworld creativity app. All of its other properties are either being shut down or sold off.

Altberg decided that it was best for Linden Lab to use its resources to re-invest in Second Life and to focus on making its next-generation virtual world. The other apps were aimed at extending the creativity expressed by fans of Second Life beyond the virtual world to the mobile world. But none of them except Blocksworld had both the traction, talent, and resources to really hit a growth curve. Altberg’s teams have been exploring virtual reality goggles, such as the Oculus Rift, to view the worlds that the company is creating. Second Life is still enormously successful, Altberg said, but it was originally launched in 2003, and now he wants to expand its appeal through new technologies.

We recently sat down with Altberg for an interview, where he showed us a demo of Second Life working with the Oculus Rift. That’s just a taste of things to come, he said. Here’s an edited transcript of our conversation.

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Bike path inspired by Van Gogh's 'Starry Night' opens in Netherlands

Bike path inspired by Van Gogh's 'Starry Night' opens in Netherlands | Almere Smart City | Scoop.it
An artist in the Netherlands has created a brilliant tribute to Vincent van Gogh -- a bike path that glows in the dark.

Inspired by the famed Dutch painter's "Starry Night" work, artist Daan Roosegaarde teamed up with Heijmans Infrastructure to create the 1-kilometer-long Van Gogh-Roosegaarde cycle path, which opened in the city of Eindhoven on November 13.

The path is illuminated by thousands of twinkling stones that feature glow-in-the-dark technology and solar-powered LED lights.

"I wanted to create a place that people will experience in a special way, the technical combined with experience, that's what techno-poetry means to me," said Roosegaarde in a statement.

This isn't the first time Roosegaarde has teamed up with construction-services business Heijmans.

The collaborators have also been working on a series of "Smart Highways," a concept that combines light, energy and road signs that react according to the present traffic situation.

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Fons van der Ham neemt afscheid van WTC Almere. ‘Connecting People and Ideas’

Fons van der Ham neemt afscheid van WTC Almere. ‘Connecting People and Ideas’ | Almere Smart City | Scoop.it
Fons van der Ham neemt per 31 december 2014 afscheid van het World Trade Center Almere. “Mijn klus zit er hier op”, zegt Van der Ham. “De structuur van de organisatie staat. Het wordt nu tijd voor iemand die sterk is op het verder uitwerken van de hospitality- en horecakant. Daar ben ik minder geschikt voor.”

Aan het prikbord op het kantoor van Van der Ham hangt een oude voorpagina van Almere zaken. ‘Toekomst WTC nu echt begonnen’, luidt de kop van het artikel. “Dat was een artikel van vorig jaar”, zegt Van der Ham. “We hadden toen heel roerige tijden achter de rug. Dit laatste jaar hebben we eindelijk positieve ontwikkelingen kunnen doorvoeren. Het is nu tijd voor de volgende stap.”
Van der Ham kwam in 2005 naar het WTC en fungeerde als een soort bouwmeester voor het pand dat nu met 120 meter het hoogste pand van Almere is. “Op dat moment was het WTC nog gevestigd in het Alnovum en zat de organisatie in een moeilijke fase. Feitelijk reed het WTC de ondernemersvereniging VBA in de wielen. Voor mij was het duidelijk dat het WTC zich vooral op de internationalisering moest gaan richten. Op 3 oktober 2006 werd ik voorzitter van de organisatie die toen WTCAA (World Trade Center Almere Area) gedoopt werd. Er werd begonnen aan de bouw van de wolkenkrabber. Twee jaar later viel het doek voor de Amerikaanse bank Lehmann Brothers en was de kredietcrisis een feit. Dat had ook gevolgen voor de toenmalige eigenaar van de wolkenkrabber die we inmiddels aan het bouwen waren; zij konden een faillissement niet voorkomen. Tóch hebben we toen besloten om door te gaan, juist omdat we een rotsvast geloof hadden dat het WTC Almere economisch gezien verder zou kunnen helpen. Natuurlijk, het pand stond voor een groot deel leeg, maar er kwam een nieuwe eigenaar die de positieve visie en koers deelde en ging investeren in het WTC. Daarom begon de toekomst van het WTC feitelijk vorig jaar pas.”

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Mag ik zeggen, ja dat mag ik, dat ik denk dat dit hele 'WTC project' louter subsidiegeld kapot geslagen heeft? Dat er in werkelijkheid niet een steen op een andere is gezet, en dat nu de schuldigen daaraan het zinkende schip verlaten(...). Kijk, en dat valt mij dan weer vies tegen van de journalist Marcel Beijer, die het toch maar even presteert hier dit leugenachtige artikeltje te plaatsen.

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Dan Hill on the positives and negatives of using data to manage cities

Dan Hill on the positives and negatives of using data to manage cities | Almere Smart City | Scoop.it

Opinion: from Chicago's rat problem to transport startups like Bridj and Uber, data is being used to predict behaviour and manage our cities. But the idea of the "Predictive City" should be treated with a healthy dose of scepticism, argues Dan Hill.

John Lanchester tells a story in How to Speak Money – a book I recommend to any designer or architect wishing to understand the context their work is produced in — about the way Ancient Egypt worked. In short, everything hinged on the annual inundation of the Nile flood plain: the society itself, arguably the most stable the world has ever seen, its cultural artefacts, such as their calendar, their understanding of seasons, their taxation system, and of course their agricultural cycles — all were directly linked to the Nile's flood. The priesthood of Egyptian society, drawing from rich mythologies, performed complex rituals to divine the nature of the flood, and thus the harvest, each year.

But Lanchester reveals how the priests actually did it: they were cheating. Unbeknownst to the population, they had a Nilometer, a device to predict the level of flood water. Based on measuring stations secreted in temples, the Nilometer captured the flow of the river, plotted it against various markers and – combined with flood records dating back centuries – enabled relatively accurate predictions of that year's harvest. Lanchester suggests "the Nilometer was an essential tool for control of Egypt. It had to be kept secret by the ruling class and institutions, because it was a central component of their authority."


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Regiojournalistiek voldoet niet aan haar eigen kwaliteitsmaatstaven

Regiojournalistiek voldoet niet aan haar eigen kwaliteitsmaatstaven | Almere Smart City | Scoop.it
Editieredacties van regionale dagbladen produceren weinig verrassend nieuws, ze putten uit een beperkte kring van nieuwsbronnen, en staan verder af van de lezer dan ze zelf zeggen. Dat concludeert communicatiewetenschapper Kees Buijs.

Oud-journalist Kees Buijs volgde wekenlang het proces van nieuwsselectie en nieuwsgaring op de redacties van drie regionale kranten en zocht naar antwoorden op de volgende vragen: agendeert de redactie eigen nieuws? Kiest ze eigen invalshoeken? Komt ze met eigen verhalen? Welke mensen komen aan het woord? En houdt ze rekening met de lezer?

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In Flevoland / Almere is er van alles mis met de nieuwsvoorziening. Ik heb dit onderzoek van Kees Buijs (nog) niet gelezen, maar ik ga ervan uit dat hij met zijn uitspraken zeker ook redacties van de regionale omroepen bedoelt. Mijn perceptie van de nieuwsmakers in Almere heb ik in een MindMap gegoten om een beter inzicht te krijgen. Zie: http://media.almere.cc/map.htm    

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Second Life Creator Philip Rosedale Is Building a Virtual World Where Your Avatar Mirrors Your Facial Expressions | MIT Technology Review

Second Life Creator Philip Rosedale Is Building a Virtual World Where Your Avatar Mirrors Your Facial Expressions | MIT Technology Review | Almere Smart City | Scoop.it
The inventor of Second Life has spent 15 years chasing the dream of living in virtual space. Can his new company finally give virtual worlds mass-market appeal?

Philip Rosedale is telling me about his new company, but I can’t stop myself from looking down at my hands. With palms up, I watch with fascination as I slowly wiggle my fingers and form the “OK” sign. I curl my hands into fists as I reach my arms out in front. They look pinker than normal but work as usual. When I look back up at Rosedale, he’s wearing a smile, and his eyebrows rise slightly. “Isn’t it cool?” he says. In my right ear, I hear a quiet chuckle from one of his colleagues, Ryan Karpf, standing just outside my vision.

It is cool, because nothing that I’m seeing is real. Though our conversation appears to be happening in a tastefully lit club, I am actually sitting in front of a laptop in a San Francisco office wearing a virtual-reality headset and headphones. I’m trying out a new platform for virtual worlds in development by Rosedale’s startup, High Fidelity.

When I put on the virtual-reality goggles, I saw the view from my avatar’s eyes; as I moved my head, motion sensors in the goggles controlled the movements of the avatar’s head. Moving my hands in the real world controlled the avatar’s hands, thanks to an infrared motion sensor mounted on the front of the headset.

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Chicago And Big Data

Chicago And Big Data | Almere Smart City | Scoop.it

As a civilization, we may not be getting smarter. However, the technologies we use certainly are. Since the introduction of the smartphone, we’ve witnessed the emergence of smart homes, smart power grids, and even smart football stadiums for helping fans find parking spaces. Lately, the trend has been to go big. Infrastructure applications are ever increasing in size and scope for transmitting, collecting, and processing big data in an effort to better understand and navigate our surroundings.

Examples of scalability with regard to smart technology now include “smart cities” like Chicago. It appears that the third largest city in the United States will become a leading model for collecting and managing big data from sensor nodes and cell phones throughout the area.

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Are smart cities really that smart?

Are smart cities really that smart? | Almere Smart City | Scoop.it
How does the citizen fit in?

We know that cities are a mess, but they can't – and shouldn't be – tidied up by smart cities and data systems.

The term ‘smart cities’ has come to dominate how the cities of the future are envisioned and described by policy makers, urban planners and technology suppliers. They see the cities of the future as global and strategic, able to operate a seamless platform of infrastructure and services built on a substrate of pervasive technology that can sense and control the environment. The pursuit of automation in decision-making is feeding the fetish for city data acquired in real time to manage all aspects of urban living, including energy, waste, transport, education, law and order and more recently citizenship and governance.

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Tien manieren waarop de Financial Times de redactie vernieuwt

Tien manieren waarop de Financial Times de redactie vernieuwt | Almere Smart City | Scoop.it
Tien manieren waarop de Financial Times de redactie vernieuwt, Tips van Lisa MacLeod. Tijdens de dertiende International Newsroom Summit die WAN-IFRA afgelopen week in Amsterdam organiseerde, gaf Lisa MacLeod tips om redacties mee te vernieuwen en digitaliseren, op basis van haar eigen ervaringen bij de Financial Times.

1. Digitale competenties
Na een inventarisatie van de digitale competenties op de redacties van de Financial Times (FT), is een trainingsprogramma voor journalisten opgezet. Het resultaat: een programma met 20 digitale competenties die iedereen moet hebben, waarmee de digitale journalist geschapen kan worden.

2. Datajournalistiek: begin bij het begin
Datajournalistiek lijkt steeds belangrijker te worden, maar veel journalisten hebben er eigenlijk nooit mee gewerkt. “Veel mensen blijken zelfs nog nooit met een spreadsheet gewerkt te hebben,” vertelt MacLeod. Laat ze daarom bij het begin beginnen, is haar advies. Leer journalisten eerst de basisprincipes van het web: taggen, hoe hyperlinks werken en de belangrijkste online regelgeving.

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10 Ways the Next Ten Years are Going to be Mind-Blowing

10 Ways the Next Ten Years are Going to be Mind-Blowing | Almere Smart City | Scoop.it
Discover the amazing technological and scientific breakthroughs humans are likely to make in just the next ten years.

It’s hard to wait for the future to get here and give us all the amazing things we’ve dreamed up in our countless sci-fi books and movies (I’m still waiting for the hover-boards Back to the Future promised me). Though much of what we’ve seen on the big screen is still decades or millennia away… or straight up impossible by our current understanding of the universe, there are several sci-fi level technological and scientific advances we’re likely to see in just the next decade.

Blogger Jordan Lejuwaan over at High Existence has compiled a list of ten such advances to look forward to in the not-to-distant future:

We are living in an extremely exciting time in terms of science and technology. Things that have always been considered science fiction are becoming normal day-to-day components of our lives. And while we have been seeing invention after breakthrough over and over in the last couple of decades, this next ten years is going to blow everything else out of the water.

The awesome thing about all these scientific discoveries it that they create technology that allows us to make more breakthroughs even faster. Our ability to innovate is increasing exponentially as the years go by. To give you an idea of the magnitude of this reality, here are 10 amazing innovations to different sectors of life. They should give you a pretty good idea of what changes will be made by 2020.

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The 15 most hackable and terrifying things (infographic)

The 15 most hackable and terrifying things (infographic) | Almere Smart City | Scoop.it
We are only at the dawn of the internet of things (IoT) where a multitude of wireless devices will present a hacker’s paradise. But the scary reality is that in today's world it is existing devices we need to be worried about.

A new infographic from Web Hosting Buzz presents some chilling scenarios for today’s technologies based on threats ranging from surveillance and theft to technology crashes.

The threats range from hacking home appliances from baby monitors to smart fridges to hotel rooms and even airplnes and nuclear reactors. Earlier this year hackers compromised 100,000 smart household appliances, using them to send 750,000 spam emails.

In April a US couple awoke to the sound of a man shouting “wake up baby” through their wireless baby monitor.

Just this summer a security consultant using an iPad was able to gain control over lights, temperatures and blinds for 200 rooms at a hotel in China.


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Pakhuis de Zwijger - Buurtcommunities #6: Online platforms

Pakhuis de Zwijger - Buurtcommunities #6: Online platforms | Almere Smart City | Scoop.it
Buurtcommunities #6: Online platforms. Welke online platforms helpen je bij het maken van je buurt?

Wanneer je op zoek bent naar onderlinge hulp en zorg in de buurt, wilt weten waar je buren warm voor lopen, of meer met elkaar wil delen, dan kan je tegenwoordig kiezen uit een overvloed aan online platforms en prikborden: mijnbuurtjecroqqerbuuvburennetwerkwehelpenwijkconnect,voorjebuurtBUURbook en nog een hoop meer. Sommige platforms richten zich op het organiseren en versterken van buurtcommunities, andere op het matchen van individuele (hulp)vraag en aanbod. Hoe ontwikkel je als buurtcommunity een levendig online ontmoetingsplatform? Wanneer werkt zo’n online platform het beste? En wat moet je ervoor over hebben aan tijd en geld? Waar ben jij zelf naar op zoek, als communitybuilder, hoe ziet jouw ideale online platform eruit?

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Pakhuis de Zwijger - Stadbericht #375: Vier steden 'Connected'

Pakhuis de Zwijger - Stadbericht #375: Vier steden 'Connected' | Almere Smart City | Scoop.it
Stadbericht #375: Vier steden 'Connected'. Een tentoonstelling over de slimme mensen van de Smart City.

Connected. Things about future, cities and people is een tentoonstelling waarin vier instellingen in vier steden hebben samengewerkt. Zij stellen nieuwe manieren van stedelijke ontwikkeling centraal aan de hand van voorbeelden uit Boekarest, Amsterdam, Stockholm en Bergen (Zweden).

Volgens de makers gaat de Smart City niet alleen om slimme apparaten, slimme technologische oplossingen of grootschalige databanken, waarbij de stadsplanner aan de knoppen draait om kosten, veiligheid en comfort te optimaliseren. Want een stad als pretpark of een klokwerk is vooral top-down bedacht. In werkelijkheid is de stad is véél complexer. Andere eigenschappen die ook belangrijk zijn voor een succesvolle stad, zoals innovatie en aanpassingsvermogen, ontstaan door creatieve ideeën van stedelingen. Zij knopen de losse eindjes - ‘connecting’ - aan elkaar door intelligent gebruik te maken van de bestaande infrastructuur, oftewel het anders definiëren van ‘slimmigheid’. De rol van de overheid die ondersteunt in plaats van steeds meer nieuwe regelgeving bedenkt, is daarbij cruciaal.

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Has Floating Architecture’s Moment Finally Arrived?

Has Floating Architecture’s Moment Finally Arrived? | Almere Smart City | Scoop.it
From London to China, the movement to build on the water’s surface is gaining steam.

In a quiet, shady street in Rijswijk, the Netherlands, Koen Olthuis and the design team at Waterstudio are changing the world. From this deceptively nondescript headquarters, Waterstudio is designing the cities of the future. If Olthuis has his way, they will be safer, more flexible and more resilient than current cities. How will he do this? Olthuis is designing floating cities. As we sit down at the table, the busy office buzzing around us, my first question to Olthuis is direct: “How realistic are floating cities?” Olthuis grins and nods, he’s heard this question before.
Floating cities have captivated society’s imagination for centuries, from the development of Venice a millennium ago to Triton, designed for Tokyo Bay by Buckminster Fuller in the 1960s. But it wasn’t until the last decade or so that more fully realized, just-might-actually-happen sea-based urban endeavors have emerged, made more urgent by rising sea levels and rural-to-urban migration. In the last six months, Business InsiderBloomberg and The Guardian have all run stories asking the same question: “Has the time come for floating cities?” 

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UNLIMITED CITIES

The city is a permanent construction. The application’s intention is not to find a preferred image of the city but simply to allow its inhabitants to express their own opinion of the city. Above all, it allows them to see the city as malleable and modifiable, and as a space that belongs to them.

Unlimited cities is a participatory platform used to enable citizens to change their neighborhood. A rapid prototyping tool, this service aims at allowing people to bring their ideas and react to architectural or urbanistic proposals in a situated way. The city is a permanent construction. The application’s intention is not to find a preferred image of the city but simply to allow its inhabitants to express their own opinion of the city. Above all, it allows them to see the city as malleable and modifiable, and as a space that belongs to them.

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Aardige tool voor burgers die hun woonomgeving aan willen passen: unlimitedcities.org 

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LuminoCity3D: Explore the Performance and Dynamics of GB Cities

LuminoCity3D: Explore the Performance and Dynamics of GB Cities | Almere Smart City | Scoop.it

LuminoCity3D.org is a mapping platform designed to explore the performance and dynamics of cities in Great Britain. The site brings together a wide range of key city indicators, including population, growth, housing, travel behaviour, employment, business location and energy use. These indicators are mapped using a new 3D approach that highlights the size and density of urban centres, and allows relationships between urban form and city performance to be analysed.
 

LuminoCity’s maps and graphs enable consistent comparisons to be made between urban areas. All the datasets have been transformed to a 1km2 grid, providing a standardised spatial framework for the whole of Great Britain. Additionally the grid cells are displayed as 3D blocks, with heights representing population density (for residential population indicators) or employment density (for workplace indicators) in the manner of a 3D cartogram. The maps therefore represent where people live and work, and intuitively display the diverse scales of urban centres.

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Gemeente Lelystad maakt gegevens toegankelijk

Gemeente Lelystad maakt gegevens toegankelijk | Almere Smart City | Scoop.it
Lelystad - De gemeente Lelystad stelt sinds deze week allerlei gegevens, zoals bijvoorbeeld de declaraties en kosten van het college van burgemeester en wethouders, beschikbaar via een Open Data platform op de gemeentelijke website.


Actieplan open gemeente

Het Open Data platform is een onderdeel van het Actieplan open gemeente, dat samen met de Visie open gemeente afgelopen dinsdag is vastgesteld door het college van burgemeester en wethouders. In deze visie onderstreept het college het belang van Open Data en van een transparante gemeente.
 

Nu nog een beperkte selectie
Op het Open Data platform staat een (nu nog beperkte) selectie van ruimtelijke en financiële gegevens, met linkjes naar gegevensverzamelingen elders op de website. Zo zijn onder meer datasets beschikbaar van alle adressen in Lelystad, actuele omgevingsvergunningen, ondergrondse afvalcontainers, bushaltes en speelplaatsen, maar ook een kwartaaloverzicht van de declaraties en kosten van het college van burgemeester en wethouders.

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Het kán in Almere, maar het gebeurt in Lelystad(...)

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Next Up For Brooklyn, an Urban Gondola

Next Up For Brooklyn, an Urban Gondola | Almere Smart City | Scoop.it
The East River Skyway aims to alleviate transit congestion along the Brooklyn waterfront by taking commuters off the grid.

Certain neighborhoods in Brooklyn have earned a reputation for their whimsicality. This proposal won't help counter that stereotype one bit. But it might make it a little easier to get around New York's fastest-growing waterfront areas.

The East River Skyway is a proposal for a multi-phase urban gondola to connect the growing residential and commercial corridors between Manhattan, Brooklyn, and Queens. The proposal calls for an aerial transit system to be built out in stages, with the first line connecting the Lower East Side and Williamsburg. Subsequent lines might include a connection between Lower Manhattan, Dumbo, and Brooklyn Navy Yard, as well as a line threading between Midtown, Roosevelt Island, Long Island City, and Williamsburg.

The Skyway is the brainchild of Daniel Levy, president of CityRealty, an online real-estate company—though it is not his idea alone, of course. The Skyway builds off the successes of the Roosevelt Island Tram, which Creative Urban Projects president (and Gondola Project evangelist) Steven Dale describes in a release as "the most reliable piece of transportation in New York."

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Cities Of The Future: What Do They Look Like, How Do We Build Them And What's Their Impact?

Cities Of The Future: What Do They Look Like, How Do We Build Them And What's Their Impact? | Almere Smart City | Scoop.it

You may have heard of a “smart city” or “future city.” Songdo, in South Korea is a good example of what this looks like. It was built from the ground up in 2005 with over $40 billion invested into its creation and opened in 2009. Sensors are planted throughout the city to monitor to monitor everything from temperature to traffic patters to help alert residents of what their days might look like. Instead of having garbage trucks collect trash the waste is automatically “sucked” out of each house into a central system that then uses it to create compost. Telepresence is outfitted in schools and homes, the buildings themselves are designed to be sustainable and eco friendly, and the city itself is designed around open spaces. Songdo is just one example of what a “smart” or “future” city looks like and is perhaps on the very forefront of this evolution.

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Pakhuis de Zwijger - Echte energietransitie: Jan Rotmans

Pakhuis de Zwijger - Echte energietransitie: Jan Rotmans | Almere Smart City | Scoop.it
Echte energietransitie: Jan Rotmans. Welke omstandigheden zijn er nodig wil de samenleving een grootschalige transitie maken? Een inspirerende keynote van Jan Rotmans.


In samenwerking met Pakhuis de Zwijger organiseert CleanDrinks deze avond met Jan Rotmans waarbij we kritisch naar de huidige energietransitie gaan kijken. De afgelopen jaren hebben wij samen laten zien dat er veel gebeurt op het gebied van duurzame energie. Maar welke stappen moeten NU gezet worden zodat deze echt grootschalig wordt omarmd? Ondanks vele bewezen pilottrajecten en businesscases is duurzame energie niet de standaard. Waarom is dit? En welke omstandigheden zijn er nodig wil de samenleving een grootschalige transitie maken? Met andere woorden:

De noodzaak is er, de techniek is er, nu wij nog!

De versnelling van de energietransitie lijkt sterk af te hangen van menselijk keuzegedrag. Centraal daarbij staan de effecten van de wijze waarop keuzes zijn vormgegeven, in de invloed van signalen uit de omgeving en het belang van onbewuste processen.

Tijdens deze avond tonen inspirerende sprekers ons wat er nodig is het denken richting een duurzame maatschappij van uitzondering naar standaard te maken. Hierbij worden tools gegeven hoe dit in te zetten is voor koplopers, duurzame ondernemers en besluitvormers. Daarnaast toont CleanDrinks uiteraard vanuit de praktijk dat dit gebeurt en hoe!

Almere's insight:

Probleem met Jan Rotmans is, zijn vingers zijn gewoon te groen. Zijn kanteling, zíjn transitie, duwt ons van de regen in de drup. Ik zie meer in Bitcoins of andere cryptovaluta (EFL of NLG) dan in Energie Neutraal, dwz., in dit tijdsgewricht. Rotmans loopt met 'zijn duurzaamheid' te ver voor de muziek uit. Hij kan beter eerst met een stappenplan (routemap) komen, hoe de burger hun huizen energie neutraal kunnen maken. Bijv., je kunt nu wel op een gunstig dak van een woning met zonnecollectoren jaarlijks 4000 kWh uur opwekken maar daarmee ben je er nog lang niet. Er is nog niet eens een goede batterij beschikbaar om je zelf geproduceerde energie op te slaan(...) Tilburg zal dan ook nooit in 15 jaar energie neutraal zijn. Ik geloof er geen barst van.

Desalniettemin, van deze Rotmansiaanse quote kan ik intens genieten: 'De oude orde is nog verticaal opgebouwd en bestaat uit silo’s, die langzamerhand afbrokkelen: vakbonden, belangenorganisaties, brancheclubs, politieke partijen, natuur & milieuorganisaties, tv-omroepen, etc. Zij stammen uit een hiërarchisch tijdperk waarin ideologie en religie nog de pijlers vormende van de samenleving. De nieuwe orde is pragmatisch, divers en diffuus en wordt gedreven door andere waarden en is daarmee nogal ongrijpbaar voor de oude orde.' 

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