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A Vision Of London In The Year 2000…From 1900

A Vision Of London In The Year 2000…From 1900 | Urban future | Scoop.it

"The magnitude of the great Metropolis was the first thing to strike my observation being apparently 10 times the magnitude I had understood it to be when in the flesh."

This is an astute prediction. Although the populations of London in 1900 and 2000 were fairly similar (6-7 million), the huge suburban sprawl prompted by the growth of the tube networks after 1900 would indeed have made our city appear many times larger than Darby’s.

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Jaron Lanier wants to build a new middle class on micropayments

Jaron Lanier wants to build a new middle class on micropayments | Urban future | Scoop.it
"What I'm proposing is actually a freelance economy, but it's a freelance economy where freelancing earns you not just income but also wealth. That's an important distinction to make."
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Bike sharing goes global

Bike sharing goes global | Urban future | Scoop.it

"More than 500 cities in 49 countries now boast bikeshares. It's the fastest-growing mode of transport in history."

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The 150 Things the World's Smartest People Are Afraid Of

The 150 Things the World's Smartest People Are Afraid Of | Urban future | Scoop.it

Every year, the online magazine Edge--the so-called smartest website in the world, helmed by science impresario John Brockman--asks top scientists, technologists, writers, and academics to weigh in on a single question. This year, that query was "What Should We Be Worried About?", and the idea was to identify new problems arising in science, tech, and culture that haven't yet been widely recognized. 

 

What keeps the smartest folks in the world awake at night?

 

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Nat Sones's curator insight, April 17, 2013 5:22 AM

If you thought you were worried, think again. Really smart people worry about even more stuff than you knew existed. 

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Rich Heap - Urban Regeneration Lessons From Thatcher | Future Cities

Rich Heap - Urban Regeneration Lessons From Thatcher | Future Cities | Urban future | Scoop.it

Margaret Thatcher, who died on Monday, was a polarizing figure who also left behind lessons for future cities on urban regeneration.

 

The former Conservative prime minister will be remembered for many things: the Falklands, the poll tax, and her strong bond with US president Ronald Reagan. She was also central to reforming urban regeneration following the dark days of the 1970s when the UK was "sick man of Europe."

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Andrew Wisdom - Why a 20-Minute City Is a Worthy Goal | Future Cities

Andrew Wisdom - Why a 20-Minute City Is a Worthy Goal | Future Cities | Urban future | Scoop.it

Planning for a 20-minute city is a great idea, whether we ever get there or not.

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Urban strategist Andrew Wisdom on striving to make Melbourne a city that all residents can access in 20 minutes.

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Nat Sones's comment, March 28, 2013 9:48 AM
It's a shame that others have cast doubt on this concept without really testing it. It's a basic principle of human movement and ergonomics that ease of use is essential. There are wider social, psychological and infrastructural issues that today's larger cities create. 20-minute city is an idea that needs to be tested wider and thought about. Perhaps fracturing megacities into 20-minute subcities, for example, would not only improve access and quality of life but lessen the burdens of infrastructure and loading upon systems (though of course, all these are profoundly interconnected). A shame that people diss these things without (a) understanding their real meaning and (b) imagining beyond their boundaries. Imagining beyond boundaries, after all, is the only thing that will create answers in our crowded, overpressured world. Nice thinking.
Nat Sones's curator insight, March 28, 2013 9:50 AM

It's time to think wider about cities and creating new structures based on better use and easier infrastructure, not just cities that have bigger infrastructure. The 20minute city is a powerful concept that attaches to deeper understanding of human movement and urban ergonomics, as well as to the most basic concepts of what units people can conceive of belonging to. Worth a look. 

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Reinvention 2013

Reinvention 2013 | Urban future | Scoop.it

It's been five years since the financial meltdown. Over the next few months, we'll be taking a virtual tour of U.S. cities to see how the crisis has changed the entrepreneurial landscape, for better or worse.

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Colourful series looking at start-ups in various US cities

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Augmented aisles: the online invasion of the high street

Augmented aisles: the online invasion of the high street | Urban future | Scoop.it

Over the past few years, we've become used to two types of shopping – online and in-store, but we rarely enjoy the benefits of both at the same time. Times are changing, however, as retailers adopt innovative technology on the shop floor to enhance our shopping experience.

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Nat Sones's curator insight, April 26, 2013 10:19 AM

Intuitive retail technology is fusing store and online - and changing the city centre experience.

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Twitter NYC

Twitter NYC | Urban future | Scoop.it
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Amazing aerial map of New York shows tweets by language.

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Nat Sones's curator insight, April 19, 2013 6:16 AM

Today's urban environments can be defined by connection and communication. This view of New York as a Twitterverse makes this very real and beautiful. 

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Technology jobs fair Silicon Milkroundabout becomes a startup to support London’s Tech City

Technology jobs fair Silicon Milkroundabout becomes a startup to support London’s Tech City | Urban future | Scoop.it

For any tech startup in the UK, undergoing a fresh recruitment drive can be a major headache. Silicon Milkroundabout has been making this task easier for the last couple of years, however, by running a free jobs fair that matches up firms with developers, product managers and designers.

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Future Cities Catapult centre to be launched in London - E & T Magazine

Future Cities Catapult centre to be launched in London - E & T Magazine | Urban future | Scoop.it

A new Catapult centre for smart cities will be hosted in London, Business Secretary Vince Cable has announced. 

The latest development follows on from the announcement that Glasgow will host the Future Cities demonstrator.

Catapult will be funded by up to £50m over five years through the Technology Strategy Board, and with additional private sector inputs the funding for the centre is expected to rise to around £150m.

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City Diaries - Saving the Planet, Spanish-Style | Future Cities

City Diaries - Saving the Planet, Spanish-Style | Future Cities | Urban future | Scoop.it

Having moved from the US only weeks before, my image of the shopping trolley was not something to celebrate. The wheelybag is what grannies use, dragging behind them boxy models in black or brown. It was a last resort. Yet, here in Barcelona, stylish Spanish women were tripping up and down the street with these new trimline designs.

 

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Alternative Landmarks: 12 Monuments As They Almost Were | WebUrbanist

Alternative Landmarks: 12 Monuments As They Almost Were | WebUrbanist | Urban future | Scoop.it

Major landmarks around the world, from the Sydney Opera House to the Lincoln Memorial, could have been dramatically different if these proposals were accepted.

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A pop-up city becomes an 80 million person laboratory

A pop-up city becomes an 80 million person laboratory | Urban future | Scoop.it

Every twelve years tens of millions of Hindus travel across India for a holy celebration. The event is known as the Kumbh Mela, and it is considered the largest migration of humanity on earth. It is also a unique laboratory—a kind of real-time experiment in metropolis building—that offers researchers the possibility to study just about any questions they can imagine.

“The challenge for researchers is to take this big phenomenon and reduce it to bite-size pieces, to find something to actually study and analyze,” says Tarun Khanna.

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Nat Sones's comment, May 10, 2013 4:07 AM
Wow - really nice look at the challenges any city faces in a kind of 'time lapse' view. What kinds of infrastructures will a more rapid world demand to succeed, grow and limit impact on a resource-poor world?
Nat Sones's curator insight, May 10, 2013 4:11 AM

The Kumbh Mela celebration is time-lapse urban design. All the pressures and necessary connections from planning, infrastrucutre design, to system linkage, are all tested - in a matter of days. 

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Mars One opens applications for one-way ticket to Mars (Wired UK)

Mars One opens applications for one-way ticket to Mars (Wired UK) | Urban future | Scoop.it

It's time, if you're so inclined, to plunk down a reservation for a one-way ticket to Mars. The privately funded Mars One foundation recently opened up applications for astronauts to take a journey to the Red Planet in 2022/23. Return trips, the organisers said, just aren't feasible with the technology we have.

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There is something so existentially chilling about a 'one-way ticket' to Mars.

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Manhattan Loft Gardens

Manhattan Loft Gardens | Urban future | Scoop.it

Extraordinary architecture conceived for a new way of living. A double-cantilevered tower with expansive living spaces, three sky gardens and a design hotel. Harnessing the creativity and tech spirit of Stratford City, London.

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Click through for incredible images of towers with roof gardens built in!

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Future’s digital for healthcare, says tech tycoon - Business News - Yorkshire Post

Technology entrepreneur Peter Wilkinson has invested more than £2m in a new digital healthcare business.

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Name The New Streets Of King’s Cross

Name The New Streets Of King’s Cross | Urban future | Scoop.it

The old railway lands north of King’s Cross are currently one of the biggest building sites in Europe. Lift cores are rising from the dirt and cranes dominate the skyline, as the 64-acre site is transformed into a new business, retail and residential district. All these new buildings need new roads, and new roads need new names.

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China’s disposable chopstick addiction is destroying its forests

China’s disposable chopstick addiction is destroying its forests | Urban future | Scoop.it

China uses 20 million trees each year to feed the country’s disposable chopstick habit, Bo Guangxin, the head of a major forestry group, told Chinese parliamentarians on Friday.

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Step Inside Boise's Startup Scene | Slideshow

Step Inside Boise's Startup Scene | Slideshow | Urban future | Scoop.it

No one ever called Idaho's capital a busting metropolis. But its entrepreneurs know how to think big. Here's a look.

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From solar power to big data visualisation - some interesting and innovative start-ups coming out of Idaho.

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Foursquare Check-ins in NYC During Hurricane Sandy

Our visualization of the before and after of the storm last October got a lot of attention, so we decided to dig a bit deeper and show how check-in patterns change during an event of Hurricane Sandy's magnitude. Here's a time lapse of lower Manhattan, beginning with the Saturday before the storm and ending early this morning, with much of power downtown having been restored. Besides the general ebb and flow of activity between day and night throughout the week, you’ll see the number of check-ins drastically decrease below 34th Street from Tuesday to Friday, when almost all of lower Manhattan was without power.

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Help to Buy scheme could be exploited by second homebuyers

Help to Buy scheme could be exploited by second homebuyers | Urban future | Scoop.it

George Osborne refuses to rule out possibility that wealthy homeowners could fund a second property through the mortgage guarantee scheme. The government's £12bn scheme to help homebuyers by offering mortgage guarantees could be used by wealthy homeowners to fund a second property, it has emerged.

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Is there still a case for high-rise tower blocks as attractive buildings for Londoners to live? | City A.M.

Is there still a case for high-rise tower blocks as attractive buildings for Londoners to live?  | City A.M. | Urban future | Scoop.it

Ian Fletcher, policy director at the British Property Federation, says YES: "There are cities all over the world that have no problem with high-rise living, from New York to Singapore..."

 

Alex Morton, head of housing, planning and urban policy at Policy Exchange, says NO: "The UK’s housing crisis presents an opportunity. There are many ugly multi-storey council estates built between 1950-1980 in the UK, and our research calls for them to demolished..."

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