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50 device applications for the cities of tomorrow

50 device applications for the cities of tomorrow | city development | Scoop.it

More than 50 billion devices will be connected to the Internet by 2020, but this new connectivity revolution has already started. Libelium's list of 50 cutting edge Internet of Things applications points the way. 


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Internet of things, world of connection. The cities of today and tomorrow will be as driven by devices as individual people are now. 

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Paco Prieto's curator insight, April 5, 2013 9:15 AM

Muy interesante. !! Fantásticas aplicaciones en el mundo del agua !! @juanpaespi

roberto gilli's curator insight, September 25, 2013 4:41 AM

Great list of applications of sensors grids.

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Technology Use and Futility | Sustainable Cities Collective

Technology Use and Futility | Sustainable Cities Collective | city development | Scoop.it
Recently I attended the 25th anniversary Bioneers Conference in San Rafael, California. What is Bioneers, you ask? Bioneers is a fertile hub of social and scientific innovators with practical and visionary solutions for the world’s most pressing environmental and social challenges.
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Urbanization and the evolution of cities across 10,000 years - Vance Kite

View full lesson: http://ed.ted.com/lessons/urbanization-and-the-future-of-cities-vance-kite About 10,000 years ago, hunter-gatherers, aided by rudimentary a...
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Three mistakes we're still making about Smart Cities

Three mistakes we're still making about Smart Cities | city development | Scoop.it

What are the real needs of smart cities and why aren't we addressing them?

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Always interesting blog; great overview of why smart cities are failing to achieve potential to alleviate human issues - and the human gap at the centre of that lack of understanding.

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Breakfast on the Sydney Harbor Bridge: Rethinking Built Forms

Breakfast on the Sydney Harbor Bridge: Rethinking Built Forms | city development | Scoop.it

Many city dwellers feel enveloped by their urban environment and ache for open spaces. Bringing the landscape into the city is not an uncommon theme, with rooftop gardens, council verge regeneration, and green walls among many of the key ideas envisioned by landscape architects. 

These transformations emerge in an effort to counter the routine indifference of many built forms, yet never on such a scale as the Breakfast on the Bridge event, which took place in Sydney in recent years.


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It's a major challenge to transform anything - transforming a city is of course another level of task entirely. This look at how the urban environment designed for one task or purpose can be used for something utterly different shows how we can creatively respond to the transformation agenda, not just within cities but in other areas, without huge cost or stress. 

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The city in your hands

The city in your hands | city development | Scoop.it
RT @dannyrober: Nice post by @michielviersel on tech #innovation helping communities shape smart and social #cities http://t.co/RxyX5ql3rQ
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Urban Planning: Trust in Cities

Urban Planning: Trust in Cities | city development | Scoop.it
New towns are better than old towns. New towns aren’t saddled with legacy costs yet. Cheaper land attracts people and businesses priced out of city centers. The established political order blocks innovation and economic development.
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What Exactly Is A Smart City? | Arrival Cities

What Exactly Is A Smart City? | Arrival Cities | city development | Scoop.it
Having worked in the smart cities space for several years now, I am encouraged by the growth of the sector and the pace of technological advancements being developed for urban environments.
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Tale of new cities reveals trillions in savings / SMART MOBILITY MANAGEMENT / News

Tale of new cities reveals trillions in savings /  SMART MOBILITY MANAGEMENT  / News | city development | Scoop.it
Policies that improve the energy efficiency of urban transport systems could help save as much as USD 70 trillion in spending on vehicles, fuel and transportation infrastructure between now and 2050, according to a new report from the International...
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You may be safer living in the city than the country, study finds

You may be safer living in the city than the country, study finds | city development | Scoop.it
Want to keep your family safe? Then raise your kids in the city.
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IU-Infrastructure & Urban Development

IU-Infrastructure & Urban Development | city development | Scoop.it
The World Economic Forum (WEF) is a Geneva-based non-profit organization best known for its Annual Meeting in Davos, Switzerland, the Annual Meeting of New Champions in China (Summer Davos) and the Summit on the Global Agenda in Dubai.
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Building the cities of tomorrow - and retrofitting the cities of today - demands faster, cheaper infrastructure that's fit for purpose, will scale and use resources wisely, and can be deployed easily. In short: everything. 

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If (urban) life is a game, (smart) cities are t...

If (urban) life is a game, (smart) cities are t... | city development | Scoop.it
How can games be used for engaging citizens in urban matters? How the addition of urban game-like programs, crowd sourced initiatives in real/digital spaces and temporary urbanism can improve the life in smart and connected cities?
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Microsoft gets into the smarter city game -- GCN

Microsoft gets into the smarter city game -- GCN | city development | Scoop.it
CityNext will help cities choose a combination of cloud technology, mobile devices, data analytics, and social networks to tackle the challenges of urbanization.
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Sustainable Cities and Urban Design | Sustainable Cities Collective

Sustainable Cities and Urban Design | Sustainable Cities Collective | city development | Scoop.it
Next Tuesday, the Boston Society of Architects will team with curator/designer Scott Burnham to launch “Reprogramming the City: Opportunities in Urban Infrastructure” an exhibition on creativity in urban design.
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Great way of putting it. Cities are systems that are failing to move with their diverse populace and cope with overstrained infrastructure. The way forward is to reprogram, redesign the urban landscape, reimagine the way services and networks connect people and organisations and essentials. In many cases this will be about inventive repurposing of systems. The example from Lima highlights how innovation and intent allied to a human-centered, design oriented view can find solutions where, perhaps, a top-down approach may not. Interesting reading. 

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Governing in the Smartphone Era | Harvard Magazine

Governing in the Smartphone Era | Harvard Magazine | city development | Scoop.it

In 2011, after nine years and a $2-billion investment, New York City’s revamped 911 system still had a major problem: trouble in tracking emergency responses, especially when multiple calls came in about the same incident, or one call involved multiple incidents. This made it nearly impossible for officials to tease out why some city residents waited longer for aid—a matter, potentially, of life and death.

The city had all the information it needed about the 30,000 calls it received daily, but lacked a system to unify that data and, more importantly, the political will to do so. ....


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Big Challenges for Big-Data in Cities

Big Challenges for Big-Data in Cities | city development | Scoop.it

What are the hurdles in bringing Big Data to the biggest data nets in our world - our cities? 


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Extraordinary complexity of every kind awaits anyone wanting to bring Big Data functions and tools to any urban environment. But only the city wired to produce, understand and apply insight from Big Data will be future proof. 

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Nat Sones's comment, October 11, 2013 3:39 AM
Very interesting scoop. When megatrends combine, nobody really knows what will happen. Here, applying the rules (such as they are) of Big Data to the extraordinary, almost fractal complexity of urbanisation, is absolutely necessary - but you can't just put it in place and watch it work. It's a series of almost infinite gates and loops and complexities - a strategy, and a full time job that will take lifetimes to roll out. Great post.
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Visual Resources To Teach About The U.S. Government Shutdown

Visual Resources To Teach About The U.S. Government Shutdown | city development | Scoop.it

"The shutdown of the United States government began today...


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Shutdown is the ultimate failure of government. This seems not to have passed unnoticed exactly, but being missed as it gets covered in all sorts of other statements, facts, data and reactions. By shutting down, by neglecting their duty (not to mention wasting vast, unbelievable amounts of resource doing so), the US government has betrayed its people, and allowed political brinkmanship and the primitive desire to 'win the argument' to undermine the whole point of it. 

 

If, that is, you believe that the point of government is to protect people, nurture civilisation and direct growth. If you believe that the point of government and the purpose behind politics is to further the careers and feed the egos of politicians, however, it's fine!

 

This material shows in crystal clarity how the shutdown is affecting US society and people. A good clear way of seeing the shocking neglect of duty that this represents - by all sides. Reaching consensus is the duty of politicians; not fighting to the death. Because the politicians never have to actually pay any price - others do that for them. 

 

 

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Beth Dichter's curator insight, October 1, 2013 10:08 PM

Are your students asking questions about the shutdown of the US government? Are you looking for some excellent resources to help them understand what is going on? ASIDE has put together a number of resources to help you out. Check out this article where you will find

* A short video from the BBC titled U.S. Government Shutdown in 60 Seconds

* An interactive tool "US Government Shutdown" visualization (you may use your mouse and roll over different departments to learn the impact of the shutdown

* An infographic "Who Goes to Work? Who Stays Home" from the NY Times

* An infographic that asks "How Would a Government Shutdown Affect Your Life?"

* A slide show from USA Today that catalogs the "Government Shutdown by the Numbers" and quite a few more.

Many students are interested in this and this article notes that their questions were mostly on "blame and healthcare." You may find different questions in your classroom with this robust list of resources.

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The next big market for data and connected devices? Agriculture

The next big market for data and connected devices? Agriculture | city development | Scoop.it
Farming is undergoing a shift as more people consume locally grown food and a younger generation of farmers are bringing technology to the field. Agriculture is meeting the internet of things.

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Designing the World's First Floating City

Designing the World's First Floating City | city development | Scoop.it
We are engineering a seastead – a floating city – for pioneers who wish to demonstrate new ways of living together (Help fund the World's First Floating City for pioneers who wish to demonstrate new ways of living together.
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Behold the city of Los Angeles as it could have been

Behold the city of Los Angeles as it could have been | city development | Scoop.it
An upcoming exhibition in Los Angeles focuses on the projects that were designed and proposed but never actually came to pass -- including a robust public transit system, greenbelts, a Santa Monica Causeway...
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Very interesting look here at the 'what might have been' for LA. It's fascinating what the structure of the city's government - decentralised, without a core commitment to develop institutions - means in terms of services and facilities that would have added real meaning and value and above all utility and liveability to the city, and have all died a death. 

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Detroit bankruptcy upside: City services will improve - Detroit Free Press

Detroit bankruptcy upside: City services will improve - Detroit Free Press | city development | Scoop.it
Detroit bankruptcy upside: City services will improve Detroit Free Press In what emergency manager Kevyn Orr called just one significant example of improvements headed for the city's basic public services, the Detroit Police Department will soon...
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Better urban design: kill the car

Better urban design: kill the car | city development | Scoop.it
What happens when we redesign the human habitat to take walking out of daily life? Over 35 percent of Americans are now clinically obese. That's partly because of diet, but also because we've designed our cities for cars.
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A new city. Driverless cars. No parking. Massively improved infrastructure and living.

A new city. Driverless cars. No parking. Massively improved infrastructure and living. | city development | Scoop.it
As self-driving cars move from fantasy to reality, what kind of effect will they have on cities?

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The best insight comes from the edge. Here, thinking about a single simple issue: parking, parking space, and what might happen if you removed the need for it, through better connection and true M2M thinking. Liberate the car, liberate the city, liberate the space.
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Future Cities centre at TCD to explore smart and sustainable cities

Future Cities centre at TCD to explore smart and sustainable cities | city development | Scoop.it
major universities across the world are opening centres of excellence on urban thinking, services, design and creation. this isnt bandwagoning; it may be the only way we will discover ways to make our world sustainable in a true sense. By 2050, up to 6bn people, or 70pc of the world’s population, will be living in cities, the UN has predicted. Trinity College Dublin (TCD) has just opened a new multi-disciplinary research centre called Future Cities.
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is the smart city truly possible

is the smart city truly possible | city development | Scoop.it
These two words are used liberally to describe something that actually doesn't exist at the moment.
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Norwich Human Services pleads for lost jobs

Norwich Human Services pleads for lost jobs | city development | Scoop.it
human services can be an Orwellian euphemism but here Norwich HS department appears to genuinely care about its people and place.
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