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Smart Cities + Green Megaprojects of the Future

Smart Cities + Green Megaprojects of the Future | Urban Life | Scoop.it

For many years, architects and city planners from around the world have been trying to create the green ideal: an entire city built to strict environmental standards- highly functional while still retaining aesthetic value.

 

Here’s a look at some green building and community design that caught our attention in recent months and may (or may not) become reality in the next several years. Their physical footprints may be large, but by using features such as wind power, solar, rainwater recycling and advanced air quality controls, their carbon footprints don't have to be...


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Norm Miller's curator insight, January 2, 2013 4:32 PM

This is going beyond Mazdar in Dubai.  The reality is that we need to transform existing cities since starting from scratch is rare.  We need to retrofit cities more than build new ones, but still it is interesting.

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Innovating Community Involvement in Urban Design

Innovating Community Involvement in Urban Design | Urban Life | Scoop.it
Once seen as a peripheral, even perfunctory, part of urban planning, community involvement has become a critical driver in the shaping of our cities.
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What's Your Innovative Solution for the Future City?

What's Your Innovative Solution for the Future City? | Urban Life | Scoop.it
What's Your Innovative Solution for the Future City?
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Mayor Bloomberg Puts Personal Fortune Toward Funding Urban Innovation - Cities - GOOD

Mayor Bloomberg Puts Personal Fortune Toward Funding Urban Innovation - Cities - GOOD | Urban Life | Scoop.it
Nine million dollars are at stake in the Mayors Challenge, a competition for new urban ideas hosted by Bloomberg Philanthropies.
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¿Perroflautas vagos o innovadores sociales?

¿Perroflautas vagos o innovadores sociales? | Urban Life | Scoop.it
Pon tu mente en blanco, olvídate de tus prejuicios y lee estas iniciativas que se han creado en los últimos años en España: Asociación por la Transparencia Política y Administrativa (‘Atrapa’): Una nueva plataforma creada para que los ciudadanos...
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| Transferencias de la Innovación Social al Espacio Público

| Transferencias de la Innovación Social al Espacio Público | Urban Life | Scoop.it
Transferencias de la Innovación Social al Espacio Público...
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Quand les transports façonnent les villes | InnovCity

Quand les transports façonnent les villes | InnovCity | Urban Life | Scoop.it
Jusqu’au 26 août, l’architecture et du patrimoine à Paris présente une exposition consacrée à l’histoire des transports dans les villes.
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Londres mise sur l’essor et le succès des codes QR | InnovCity

Londres mise sur l’essor et le succès des codes QR | InnovCity | Urban Life | Scoop.it
Afin de rendre la visite de Londres plus populaire qu’elle ne l’est déjà, un travail particulièrement poussé a été mené sur les codes QR. Désormais, les attractions majeures de la ville sont à portée des smartphones des visiteurs.

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What Matters: Innovating for a better city by Michael Bloomberg

What Matters: Innovating for a better city by Michael Bloomberg | Urban Life | Scoop.it

"The need for local government innovation is now greater than ever. When I talk with my colleagues in cities across the nation, they say they are being asked to do far more, often with much less. Citizens expect more. Many residents, hard hit by the recession, need more. And there are fewer public dollars to respond. That’s certainly the case here in New York City—and that’s why we’ll continue empowering leaders to drive innovation, reducing the barriers they face, and supporting all those who keep challenging the status quo with innovative new ideas. And that is why, through my philanthropic work, I will continue to support others who aspire to do the same."


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inovações sociais para cuidar das pessoas, das cidades e das relações mais humanizadas e democráticas

inovações sociais para cuidar das pessoas, das cidades e das relações mais humanizadas e democráticas | Urban Life | Scoop.it
Quem sabe algumas destas idéias possam inspirar Porto Alegre.
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Governing for Eco-City Innovation

Governing for Eco-City Innovation | Urban Life | Scoop.it
Rising interest in eco-city initiatives prompts questions about what innovation processes are needed and how these can be facilitated by appropriate governance mechanisms.

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Reinventing the Payphone: Designs for NYC's Future Public Smartphones...

Reinventing the Payphone: Designs for NYC's Future Public Smartphones... | Urban Life | Scoop.it

When Mayor Bloomberg announced New York City’s Reinvent Payphones Design Challenge last winter, it was an opportunity to see how designers would reimagine these idle relics of last century’s infrastructure into something other than a shading device for smartphone-browsing in sunny weather.


From the looks of the finalists, which Bloomberg announced Tuesday, tomorrow’s payphone could have a lot of app-style features, from weather reports and wayfinding to voice and gesture control.

 

A handful of New York’s roughly 11,000 payphones already serve as wifi hotspots thanks to a pilot program launched by the city last summer, so the leap to hyperconnectivity isn’t as far-fetched as it may seem. A few years down the line, we could all be using a shiny new network of payphones to call taxis by voice command, charge our devices, check the weather for our urban farms, and, inevitably, look at ads.

The six finalists are chosen in five categories—creativity, connectivity, functionality, community impact, and visual design.

 

Visit the article link to view the proposals and learn more about what may be the payphone of the future...


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Florence Rollin's curator insight, March 10, 2013 5:26 AM

Nouveaux styles, nouvelles fonctions pour des cabines téléphoniques du futur 

kaja jacobs's curator insight, March 11, 2013 11:20 AM

looks so cool but people can do what you are doing not so cool

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New Urban Ideas: 22 Cities Prepare to Pilot the Future

New Urban Ideas:  22 Cities Prepare to Pilot the Future | Urban Life | Scoop.it

22 cities have called for innovative solutions to solve urban challenges as part of the Citymart urban ideas competition. The aim is to identify & share solutions to challenges that cities face.


The 2012 competition attracted 1,519 entries from 70 countries. Now Aalborg, Barcelona, Boston, Christchurch, Eindhoven, Fukuoka DC, L’Hospitalet, Lagos, Lavasa, London, Maringa, Mexico City, Oulu, Paris, Rio de Janeiro, Rosario, San Francisco, Sant Cugat, Sheffield, Tacoma, Terrassa and York all hope to evoke a similar response.


The cities have presented challenges across a vast array of areas including mobility, economic development, social inclusion, health and well-being, urban management, lighting, energy, culture, future government and sustainable lifestyles...


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Incorporating Innovation into Local Government

Backed by $24 million in foundation funds, five cities are creating dedicated teams in their mayors’ offices to look for ways to fundamentally restructure how the cities do what they do. There is much to be learned from this ambitious effort.
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"L'innovation par la sérendipité implique un état d'esprit de partage"

Philippe Gabillet est professeur de leadership à l'ESCP Europe. Il est aussi l'auteur d'un éloge de l'optimisme en management. Celle-ci est un état d'esprit,...

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Helene de saint front's curator insight, March 24, 2015 8:04 AM

L'optimisme et la motivation ne sont pas seulement limitées aux personnes mais aussi à la conception et l'innovation. Il faut parier que l'on peut s'améliorer pour trouver des voies différentes. Et l'optimiste se concentre sur les points sur lesquels il peut vraiment agir tout en s'ouvrant à la SERENDIPITÉ qui permet les  véritables innovations. Ce qui veut dire, d'un point de vue organisationnel avoir le droit à l'erreur, et motiver chacun à partager ses découvertes!

Hélène Lefebvre's curator insight, March 26, 2015 3:01 PM

Soyez convaincu qu'un optimiste n'est pas un naïf.  C'est un créateur d'innovation. 

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Cidades inovadoras e o futuro em rede | Gil Giardelli

Cidades inovadoras e o futuro em rede | Gil Giardelli | Urban Life | Scoop.it
 *Originalmente postado na coluna Pessoas do século XXI – Você S/A O estado de emergencia é latente, cidades estão inviaveis, as soluções passarão por esforços coletivos, economia criativa e colaboração.
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SOM Wins Master Plan Competition for Beijing Bohai Innovation City

From bustler - of particular interest is the relationship of the site to the high speed rail links and to the ecological systems of Turenscapes central wetland park, both critical for the success ...
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Earth 2.0: Initialization

EARTH 2.0™ is an exciting and ambitious collaboration of innovative and far sighted developments in science and technology combined with the visualisation, imagery and stimulus achieved through the medium of film and interactive technologies to alter thinking and create a movement for change to deliver the sustainable world of the future. Earth 2.0: Initialization features Dr. Rachel Armstrong, Melissa Sterry, Niall Dunne and Tia Kansara, with a special appearance by international best-selling author Graham Hancock.

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