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Why We Should Build Smart Highways

Why We Should Build Smart Highways | green streets | Scoop.it
High-speed rail is still just a dream in America. But why then aren't smart roads a reality?


It is possible to imagine a world in which smart pavement, smart cars, and embedded monitoring and controls would turn highways from gulches that pollute a wide swath of land around them with both particles and noise would become more like rivers.

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Earth-Shaped City Adapts To Nature's Smart Design - EarthTechling

Earth-Shaped City Adapts To Nature's Smart Design - EarthTechling | green streets | Scoop.it
The year 2008 marked the first time in history that more than half of the world’s human population live in towns and cities rather than rural areas. The UN predicts that by 2030, this number will swell to almost 5 billion, with urban growth concentrated in African and Asian mega-cities. As cities get bigger, larger, and higher, it will become increasingly hard to maintain any sort of connection with wild, untouched nature. Although urban designers attempt to recreate it, no landscaped park will ever be able to match the feeling of standing in a field untouched by human hands.

Fear of losing our connection with nature compelled Swiss designer Charly Duchosal to imagine a city designed to adapt to nature, rather than forcing things to be the other way around. The result, which envisions life lived inside the Earth, rather than on its surface, recently won an honorable mention in eVolo’s 2012 Skyscraper competition...

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The origins of smart city technology | SmartPlanet

The origins of smart city technology | SmartPlanet | green streets | Scoop.it
Which former U.S. president can take credit for kick-starting smart city technology?

Smart cities technology is a hot topic for IT companies. But where did the idea come from?

Information Age has an interesting article exploring the early stages and progression of the business of smart city technology. Interestingly enough, President Bill Clinton can take some credit for kick-starting this technology...

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Cities in the Digital Age

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Interaction designers can shape “smart” urban environments...

For many people, the draw of cities is their pulse and flow, the veer and crush of humans, our shared machines, the vertical, the symmetrical, the seemingly impossible.

We connect, go forward, are thrust. We revel in the contrasts of urban materials—steel, stone, leaf, blade, glass, branch, Plexiglas, vinyl, flesh. The sheer matrix of it, the complexity of relationships and their potential outcomes, is almost a will unto itself, compelling us to be shaped, inviting us to form and move with it.

This type of interconnected environment has evolved into an interface to computation that is nowhere near as conversational as it might be, as philosopher-scientist Paul Dourish has noted. I’d argue that this makes interaction design evermore crucial in the world, as we work to support people and the technologies upon which they’ve come to rely within the built environment...

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Vision of a great place to live, work and play fueled by “Smart Growth”

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Vision of a great place to live, work and play fueled by “Smart Growth”nwitimes.comTo date the results of Chesterton's "Smart Growth" plan speak for themselves in a town where the quality of life is already considered second to none by many.


To date the results of Chesterton's "Smart Growth" plan speak for themselves in a town where the quality of life is already considered second to none by many. There's a balanced mix of established and developing residential neighborhoods to meet the needs of homeowners in various price ranges, outstanding schools that are well-regarded in the state for academic excellence and quality programs, a re-energized downtown that routinely draws visitors from three states and an amazing Porter County location in close proximity to the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore and Indiana Dunes State Park.

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Can Ontario Really Deliver North America's Best Smart Growth Plan?

Can Ontario Really Deliver North America's Best Smart Growth Plan? | green streets | Scoop.it
Places to Grow is certainly ambitious. Here's a look at the successes and challenges a couple years in.

Perhaps most visibly, the new plan will allow the continued protection of a greenbelt comprising 1.8 million acres of rural and conservation land, an area over three times the size of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park in the US, and just a shade smaller than Yellowstone National Park. On the large map accompanying this post, the green area is the greenbelt and related protected land; the purple areas are urbanized zones, including Toronto and its suburbs; the lines represent existing and planned major transit; and the beige area defines the limits of the planning region.

Best of all, Places to Grow has the full force and effect of law, thanks to Ontario’s Places to Grow Act of 2005. That law requires that local planning decisions, including zoning, conform to the policies in the regional plan. If there is a discrepancy, the provincial government has the authority to amend municipal decisions...

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