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#SmartCities and Communities: An Invitation to Sign Up to the Future | #Sustainable #Collective

#SmartCities and Communities: An Invitation to Sign Up to the Future | #Sustainable #Collective | The urban.NET |
(Smart Cities and Communities) Should we dream of electric cities & let the internet of things take over? Bristol thinks so. It's not alone. Over 41 cities in Europe have already signed a Green Digital Charter; 11 of them capital cities.

Via Toni Sánchez
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Green Digital Charter signatory cities commited to work with other cities on ICT and energy efficiency and undertook to decrease the direct carbon footprint of ICT by 30% within 10 years by the adoption of Energy Star and EU labelling schemes and training in energy efficiency behaviors. A Green Digital Charter toolkit is available.


Special attention is being given to the development of EU-China partnerships and close collaboration with the Covenant of Mayors. The Charter has been supported by the Networking intelligent Cities for Energy Efficiency (NiCE) funding stream. This has now finished, and for this reason the Smart Cities and Communities Platform is issuing a new invitation to participte in a major push to develop smart city applications and a smart city culture.

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Mining #bicycle sharing data for generating insights into #sustainable transport systems I #smartcities #bigdata

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The latest bike-share systems enable users to monitor cycle availability and docking station spaces via near real-time online maps. These websites often specify and supply an applications pro- gramming interface (API) for external software developers to ac- cess the underlying data. In addition, a number of system operators release datasets pertaining to individual journeys made over a particular time period. Both types of data offer insights in the usage of particular bike-shares and provide a ready basis for utilisation in transport research. A small number of previous stud- ies have been undertaken and generally concern the characteristics of a single city’s system, often with a focus on user demographics. Jensen et al. (2010), for example, analysed 11.6 million journeys of the Vélo’v bicycle sharing system in Lyon, constructing a map showing the likely flows of the bicycles across the city. Several characteristics emerged; namely greatly enhanced usage during public transport strikes, and variations in average speeds through the day such as for example, a small but significant increase in speed just before 9 a.m. as cycle commuters hurry to complete their journeys before the start of normal working hours. One intriguing result was that the average speed during the morning commute was greatest on Wednesdays, the authors conjecturing that this was due to a greater proportion of users on Wednesdays being men, due to the tradition of at-home childcare by women on this day. 

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The Cities We Want: Resilient, Sustainable, and Livable

The Cities We Want: Resilient, Sustainable, and Livable | The urban.NET |

Resilience is the word of the decade, as sustainability was in previous decades. No doubt, our view of the kind and quality of cities we as societies want to build will continue to evolve and inspire a new descriptive goal. Surely we have not lost our desire for sustainable cities, with footprints we can globally and locally afford, even though our focus has rightly been on resilience, after what seems like a relentless drum beat of natural disasters around the world.

It speaks to the question: what is the city we want to create in the future? What is the city in which we want to live? Certainly that city is sustainable, since we want our cities to balance consumption and inputs to make a footprint that can last into the future. Certainly it is resilient, so our cities are still in existence after the next 100-year storm, now apparently due every few years.


And yet: as we build this vision we know that cities must also be livable. Indeed, we must view livability as the third indispensible—and arguably most important—leg supporting the cities of our dreams: resilient + sustainable + livable.

Via Lauren Moss, ParadigmGallery
ParadigmGallery's curator insight, May 13, 2013 2:31 PM

We thank you, Lauren Moss, for the interesting post. The post speaks to the three buzz words for our cities now and in the future...livable, resilient, sustainable....


New Yorkers exhibited a lot of personal and psychological resilience after Hurricane Sandy—they picked themselves up and started again, often rebuilding their lives in the same spot. This is true all over: people are resilient in the face of hard times..learn more

ParadigmGallery's comment, May 13, 2013 2:32 PM
interesting post....TY
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Libeskind's Vibrant Proposal for a New Architectural Icon in Paris I #smartcities

Libeskind's Vibrant Proposal for a New Architectural Icon in Paris I #smartcities | The urban.NET |

Every building tells a unique story reflecting both the programmatic content and the singularity of the site, and the Tour Signal La Defense proposal for Paris by In Studio Daniel Libeskind radiates a new spirit with a vibrant, sustainable, mixed-use development.

The powerful, unique icon is expressed in a dynamic volume- a reflection of the aim to create a building before its time. Two intertwined ribbons spiral together formally and programmatically, creating a tower, and open space between, with south-facing vertical gardens to act as biotopes for workers, visitors and residents.

Find more images and project details at the article link...

Via Lauren Moss
Norm Miller's curator insight, December 17, 2013 9:32 AM

Libesiind does it again. 

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Ideas on transforming cities - Singapore a case study

Ideas on transforming cities - Singapore a case study | The urban.NET |

'We know that the planet is warming up and the human population is growing, raising our demand for resources. The combination of these factors is why the battle against climate change will be decided in cities, particularly cities in the Asia-Pacific.

These urban centres are triple ‘hot spots’: they face rising temperatures, increasing populations and escalating consumption.

To tackle these challenges, we need practical and successful ideas that can easily be replicated.


At the 4th Sustainable Cities Conference last week in Singapore, I discussed ways for Singapore and Hong Kong, already recognised as innovative cities in tackling these problems, to become even greener and establish themselves as leaders in creating sustainable city models for the Asia-Pacific.'

Via Lauren Moss
Luiz F. Costa's comment, May 14, 2013 9:23 AM
E isso temos que incentivar.
Norm Miller's curator insight, May 14, 2013 10:49 AM

Singapore transformed it's economy faster than any other nation in the world.  It is not surprising to see them leading on other dimensions as well.