The promise is great. If we can interpret and apply the information our cities are generating in an intelligent way, we could solve many issues – such as how to cut waste in our food supply chains, make it easy to move around our megacities, or...
...What do you see as the most pressing demand for planners as we progress into the 21st century? In other words, what key issue will planners be most focused on? Will it be looking at suburban sprawl? Will climate change dominate the conversation?
Cities across the world have started turning their attention to the acres of land allocated to roads and the almighty car. The Reclaim the Streets and Critical Mass movements illustrate the pressure building in communities across the world for a better use of the valuable space now dedicated to streets. Anarchists asked a basic question: Why don’t streets belong to people, not cars? Municipalities listened and are taking initiatives to find a better balance.
"Radical simplicity would not be as bad as it might first seem, provided we were ready for it and wisely negotiated its arrival, both as individuals and as communities. Indeed, I am tempted to suggest that radical simplicity is exactly what consumer cultures need to shake themselves awake from their comfortable slumber; that radical simplicity would be in our own, immediate, self-interests.
Siemens opens first centre for sustainable urban development in LondonWorld Interior Design NetworkDesigned by Wilkinson Eyre Architects, The Crystal will feature a 270-seat auditorium, as well as, the world's largest exhibition on urban...
C40 Partners with Global Cool Cities Alliance to Tackle 'Heat Island Effect ...National GeographicThe urban 'heat island effect' is a term perhaps little known outside policy circles, but the phenomenon will be familiar to city dwellers the world...
iPavement aims to make cities more intelligent, through making the ground you walk on connect with you. Two types of intelligent paving stones have been developed, both with Wifi and Bluetooth connectivity, and an array of built in apps.
Many of the environmental, social and economic forces behind the transition to Smarter Cities are common everywhere; however, the capabilities that enable cities to act in response to them are usually very specific to individual cities.
The concept of “Smarter systems” has captured the imagination of experts as an approach to turn these challenges into opportunities for more sustainable economic and social growth; particularly in cities, where most of us live and work. Smarter systems – in cities, transportation, government and industry –can analyse the vast amounts of data being generated around us to help make more informed decisions, operate more efficiently or even predict the future.
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