Happiness is a fleeting commodity in reality, it comes and goes, but the perception of happiness is the real bottom-line driver for cities and their branding.
What makes urban dwellers happy? According to a 10,000 respondent, 20 country research effort from GfK Custom Research, it is a location-based perception: does your city offer you places to go that make you happy? Apparently, the perception-reality gap is what is really interesting the city governments. Happiness is a fleeting commodity in reality, it comes and goes, but the perception of happiness is the real bottom-line driver for cities and their branding.
The winning locations end up being quite obvious candidates; entertainment and cultural heavyweights, beautiful urban areas and laid-back lifestyles lead the march...
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It wasn’t too long ago that the term ‘Smart City’ was not on very many people’s radar screens, but recently, it has been more familiar, and people are understanding the concepts behind smart cities.
A smart city uses information combined with technology to improve quality of life, reduce environmental impact, and decrease energy demand. This list of the smartest cities on the planet takes those factors into consideration, as well as the ‘smart’ plans the city might have for the future...
Google + integra Google Jobs y permite ahora buscar y postularse a trabajos fácilmente Google sigue apostando por la innovación y por el multiservicio: su Red Social, Google +, suma una nueva herramienta de búsqueda de trabajo, con lo que amplía...
It's time for cities to open their data to developers who can turn that underutilized information into useful mobile applications.
Municipalities worldwide are opening data to developers who provide free or inexpensive apps for consumers, businesses, and governments. Open data is a win for everyone.
Transit applications are among the most popular municipal apps- anyone who uses public transportation appreciates seeing schedules, especially in real-time. The more modern the transit system, the more likely it will be able to gather real-time location data.
Apps are typically based on available transit data and illustrate how municipalities are increasingly accepting the open data movement. For example, last year, New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg signed a law requiring city agencies to place much of their numerical data into easily accessible formats by 2018.
Portland, Ore., has embraced open data and has posted a catalogue of municipal apps. "The Catalog is unique because it includes public datasets from a wide array of local government jurisdictions," the government says on its website. "It is the only inter-jurisdictional repository of local public data of its kind in the United States, at least as far as we know."
Que no te falten herramientas para realizar divertidas animaciones desde tu equipo informático. Hemos hablado largo y tendido de plataformas que permiten crear imágenes animadas de manera sencilla y rápida y sin tener conocimientos técnicos. Pero probablemente no todas sean tan interesantes y originales como Stykz, una aplicación gratuita que se basa en figuras articuladas o monigotes de palo.
Rotterdam’s Floating Pavilion by Deltasync and PublicDomain Architects is the first pilot project for a sustainable floating district.
In an effort to address the challenges of climate change and sea level rise, the City of Rotterdam has started to build some intriguing floating structures. The first pilot project is a catalyst for climate change-proof architecture called the Floating Pavilion that consists of three connected hemispheres that look like bubbles anchored within the Dutch city’s old harbor.
An initiative of Rotterdam Climate Proof (part of the Rotterdam Climate Initiative), the mixed-use pavilion was designed by Deltasync and Public Domain Architects, and it sets an unprecedented example for innovative, sustainable and climate-proof architecture.
It may look unassuming, but this sleek black box is the culmination of a two-year long collaboration of more than 50 students from 7 different faculties of the Budapest University of Technology and Economics.
Initially envisioned by two architecture students and built for the European Solar Decathlon 2012 in Madrid, the goal of Odooproject was to encourage a new sustainable life by designing a house where as much time as possible can be spent outdoors.
Odoo’s square plan has two primary elements: the north half enclosure and the south half outdoor terrace, bordered by the ‘summer wall’ to the south. The design allows comfortable living inside or outside throughout the year as the seasons allow.
To provide a comfortable environment, as efficiently as possible, the house uses both active and passive systems. The compact form of Odoo reduces heat loss, while its organization means it has two south-facing facades. The glass façade exploits solar gain, to heat the interior during the winter, and the solar panels on the ‘summer wall’ generate power from the summer sun...
La noticia, publicada por la BBC, de que Essa Academy, una escuela de Bolton (Reino Unido), ha dejado el papel y el lápiz y ha dado a todos sus alumnos y profesores un iPad, se convirtió ayer en un pepueño hito en el mundo anglosajón de la enseñanza. Según la institución, sobre todo así se ayudará a los estudiantes, pero además, por ejemplo, caerá la partida de gastos en fotocopias, de 80.000 a 15.000 libras al año.
No matter what happens, there will always be a demand for data visualization tools. Data on its own can be pretty boring and brightening it up with images and other visual tools, it can make normally inaccessible information much easier to digest. (Editor’s Note: It’s also great for information reading literacy, and the new Common Core demand for multimedia “texts.”)
There are a number of fantastic tools out there that will present your data in an accessible manner. All of the tools listed below are free and chances are you’ve used one or two of the tools mentioned before.
A visual history of human sensemaking, from cave paintings to the world wide web.
Since the dawn of recorded history, we’ve been using visual depictions to map the earth, order the heavens, make sense of time, dissect the human body, organize the natural world, perform music, and even decorate abstract concepts like consciousness and love.
100 Diagrams That Changed the World by investigative journalist and documentarian Scott Christianson chronicles the history of our evolving understanding of the world through humanity’s most groundbreaking sketches, illustrations, and drawings, ranging from cave paintings to The Rosetta Stone to Moses Harris’s color wheel to Tim Berners-Lee’s flowchart for a “mesh” information management system, the original blueprint for the world wide web.
But most noteworthy of all is the way in which these diagrams bespeak an essential part of culture — the awareness that everything builds on what came before, that creativity is combinational, and that the most radical innovations harness the cross-pollination of disciplines.
Os presentamos Samplr, una nueva aplicación para iPad que nos llega hoy mismo a iTunes con la que podremos tocar música y modificar las composiciones a nuestro gusto de forma totalmente táctil.
Utilizando tan sólo la punta de nuestros dedos, en la aplicación tendremos disponibles distintos modos de reproducción para componer nuestras obras (sonidos fragmentados -Slices-, en bucle, en arco, en cinta, en modo scratch o utilizando el reproductor de bucles) y un grabador de gestos con el que podremos guardar y reproducir todo el material musical que creemos. Disponemos también de cinco efectos de sonido que nos permitirán modificar nuestras composiciones a nuestro gusto: un modulador de amplitud, posibilidad de aplicar sonido distorsionado, filtros, retraso al reproducir la nota y reverberación. Todo lo que creemos sonará utilizando un motor de sonido de alta calidad
En muchas ocaciones tuvimos la necesidad de apagar el ordenador de manera disante por X razón, y hoy traemos una herramienta ideal para los fanáticos de Twitter. Se trata de TweetMyPC, un programa que permite apagar la PC enviando un tweet, así de sencillo.
Cuando se instala este programa en un ordenador con Windows, reconoce determinados comandos enviados a través de Twitter