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12 Innovative Urban Transportation Apps

12 Innovative Urban Transportation Apps | Creative Communities, Open Societies, Smart Cities | Scoop.it

Thousands of transportation apps are already transforming the way we think about mobility. In the background, cities, transit operators and their technology partners are busy implementing infrastructure and systems to generate the on-the-ground knowledge that powers some of these apps and can be used to optimize traffic in real time.

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Inspiring collection of apps - some available in the US, some in Europe, some world-wide.

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Smart Citizen Environment Sensors

Smart Citizen Environment Sensors | Creative Communities, Open Societies, Smart Cities | Scoop.it
There's plenty of buzz about the concept of making our cities "smarter" -- that is, loading them up with sensors and data-driven services to improve efficiency and quality of life.
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Acrobotics has created and tested a "Smart Citizen kit" that - for now -  allows yout to monitor the air, temperature, humidity and noise near your house.  Next step is to allow for soil and water testing, too. Will we all contribute this data in a few years time?

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Urban innovation Slideshow

Urban innovation Slideshow | Creative Communities, Open Societies, Smart Cities | Scoop.it
Forget flying cars and robots, the cities of the near future will be getting 'smart' using a combination of high- and low-tech solutions.
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The Guardian rounds up 10 of the best prospective and recent urban innovations

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Smart Cities vs. Freedom of Public Space?

Smart Cities vs. Freedom of Public Space? | Creative Communities, Open Societies, Smart Cities | Scoop.it
The smart city has become a buzzword in urban planning and university engineering departments, and a topic of breathless coverage in science and business magazines.
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While "smart city" has become a buzzword in urban planning and university engineering departments, we need social scientists to point out the potential danger: A city tracking its citizens, even for helpful reasons, encroaches on the personal liberty we count on in public spaces.

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Becoming Bike Friendly

Becoming Bike Friendly | Creative Communities, Open Societies, Smart Cities | Scoop.it

How do you get your company on the list of most bicycle-friendly businesses? Talk to Bikes Make Life Better, which will help you change your policies and practices to make your office a place people want to bike to.


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"Bike-City" stimulates soft mobility & increases living standards

"Bike-City" stimulates soft mobility & increases living standards | Creative Communities, Open Societies, Smart Cities | Scoop.it

The housing project "Bike-City“ focuses on the needs of bicyclists, but the true innovation came about by convincing the Vienna government to exempt the development from obligatory parking lot legislation. Accordingly, money that would have been put into constructing parking space has been invested in facilities that directly improve the resident's standard of living. The project has received a lot of attention and has already resulted in plans for another bike-city project in Vienna.


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Flourishing in Recession – the Power of the Right Place

Flourishing in Recession – the Power of the Right Place | Creative Communities, Open Societies, Smart Cities | Scoop.it

While recession leads to suffering and shortage, it can also foster innovation. The Great Depression is often cited as giving rise to the art deco period, which is considered the most creative and innovative period during the 20th century. The difference between “flourishing” or “starving” with all other criteria being equal, might be creatively by being in the right “Place” - a place that allows, and even supports, innovation and creativity.

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FDI Tracker: Regional Innovation Scoreboard 2012: Innovation performance of 190 European regions compared

FDI Tracker: Regional Innovation Scoreboard 2012: Innovation performance of 190 European regions compared | Creative Communities, Open Societies, Smart Cities | Scoop.it

Innovation is a key driver of economic growth and jobs. The Regional Innovation Scoreboard 2012, published today, provides a comparative assessment of how European regions perform with regard to innovation. There are 41 regions in the first group of "innovation leaders", 58 regions belong to the second group of "innovation followers", 39 regions are "moderate innovators" and 52 regions are in the fourth group of "modest innovators".

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Are you a place maker: why public spaces matter

Are you a place maker: why public spaces matter | Creative Communities, Open Societies, Smart Cities | Scoop.it

Great places and strong economies can only exist when people choose to participate in creating them; they are human-powered monuments: "The Little Mermaid statue isn’t Copenhagen’s best monument. I think the greatest monument that we’ve ever erected is our bicycle infrastructure: a human-powered monument" Copenhagenize.com founder Mikael Colville-Andersen

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Manufacturing the Urban - Conference Reflections

Manufacturing the Urban - Conference Reflections | Creative Communities, Open Societies, Smart Cities | Scoop.it

Diversity is often brought forward as an important condition for livable and vital cities and the attractiveness of cities for the “creative class”. This article examines whether small-scale entrepreneurial activities have a positive impact on urban space and how urban spaces themselves provide ideal conditions for urban manufacturing (inspiration, audience, markets).

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Smart City World Congress Program

The Smart City worl congress in Barcelona goes beyond energy, technology and networks this year, but includes smart society and environmental aspects too. Here's the programme

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The Colorful Mayhem: Creative Reuse Movement

The Colorful Mayhem:  Creative Reuse Movement | Creative Communities, Open Societies, Smart Cities | Scoop.it

"Our mission is to inspire creative reuse and environmentally sustainable behavior by providing education programs and affordable materials to the community," Kelley Carmichael Casey, SCRAP. "It's an incredible experience to bring people in to see the colorful mayhem, sort of like a treasure hunt," she explained. 

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Your City Doesn’t Have to Be So Selfish – Next City

Your City Doesn’t Have to Be So Selfish – Next City | Creative Communities, Open Societies, Smart Cities | Scoop.it
Cities have long been designed to discourage economic sharing. But they don’t have to any more.
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Sustainable Cities - Nice Infographic

Sustainable Cities - Nice Infographic | Creative Communities, Open Societies, Smart Cities | Scoop.it
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Which citiizens are using the least electricity, have ditched their cars and are saving water? This insightful infographic shows that it's not always the usual suspects

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Creative Placemaking - The Role of Arts in Urban Development

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The creative community is experiencing an unprecedented interest in the arts’ ability to impact public life. Just one example is ArtPlace, an US- government catalyzed collaboration of thirteen leading foundations, eight federal agencies and six of the nation’s largest banks. 

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Smart cities: serving smart citizens

Smart cities: serving smart citizens | Creative Communities, Open Societies, Smart Cities | Scoop.it
Smart cities and smart citizens http://t.co/6zbWvo2spX via @FuturEverything #smartcities #urban
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For future smart cities to thrive, it must be centred around people, not just infrastructure.
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Innovation Excellence Through Diversity

Innovation Excellence Through Diversity | Creative Communities, Open Societies, Smart Cities | Scoop.it

To drive a city, institution or group towards innovation, you need diversity of thought and action. That only happens if you have people from diverse backgrounds bumping into one another everyday. It is the same reason why places like New York, Boston, Silicon Valley, Los Angeles, Mexico City, Hong Kong, Amsterdam and the like are breeding grounds for innovation.

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Streetlights Can Do That?

Streetlights Can Do That? | Creative Communities, Open Societies, Smart Cities | Scoop.it

Imagine driving through town and the street signs dynamically change to display a detour message, a digital banner advertises the city’s centennial celebration–the streetlights start changing color to a deep blue. You park your car, find a convenient Wi-Fi connection, and immediately see the schedule of events for the centennial celebration on your smart phone screen. This and many more things streetlights could do in future cities.


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An App For Citizens To Do Their Own Urban Planning

An App For Citizens To Do Their Own Urban Planning | Creative Communities, Open Societies, Smart Cities | Scoop.it

All across the nation, community groups are out in their neighborhoods, collecting information about where they live,” says urban planner Alicia Rouault. “But they’re doing it in a cumbersome way.” Often, interested community members don’t have access to the tools or knowledge they need to glean insights from the information they collect. Rouault and her collaborators, Matt Hampel and Prashant Singh, saw an opportunity to democratize data. “The people who are responsible for collecting the data shouldn’t be afraid,” Rouault tells Co.Design. “They should have access to it without having an expert mediate the process.”


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E-Services for more better service to citizens

E-Services for more better service to citizens | Creative Communities, Open Societies, Smart Cities | Scoop.it

The City of St. Paul has made it to the top 20 in Bloomberg Philanthropies’ Mayors Challenge with its plan for online access to the permit-review and license processes.

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Ten Creative Ideas for Energizing Our Streets

Ten Creative Ideas for Energizing Our Streets | Creative Communities, Open Societies, Smart Cities | Scoop.it

Here are ten creative placemaking ideas to inspire our streets by CEOs for cities

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COHouston ~ Celebrating Houston's Creative Community & Innovation Ecosystem

COHouston ~ Celebrating Houston's Creative Community & Innovation Ecosystem | Creative Communities, Open Societies, Smart Cities | Scoop.it

Houston is celebrating creativity this November. "COHouston" is a city-wide effort to promote Houston’s creative culture and innovation ecosystem by showcasing our vibrant community of thinkers, makers, doers, resources, organizations and resources.

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Planning Sustainable Cities: 8 Experts Interviews

Planning Sustainable Cities: 8 Experts Interviews | Creative Communities, Open Societies, Smart Cities | Scoop.it

Last month, we attended the Urban Planning for City Leaders conference where numerous urbanism professionals shared their views on how to plan for sustainable cities. Here's eight videos from the event.

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The European-wide and Worldwide Smart Cities Initiatives

Great slideshow overview of current initiatives and trends in the smart cities development by Alejandro Melchor III

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