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VIVID LIGHT WALK

VIVID LIGHT WALK | Urban Places - World Cities | Scoop.it
This year’s magical journey starts at the forecourt of the Sydney Opera House with huge Siamese fighting fish in Splendens, a big, joyful and spectacular welcome to the Vivid Light Walk 2015. Head along East Circular Quay and you’ll be drawn to a bright red, pulsating heart, The Heart of the City. Walk into a new-look world of Light Origami at the AMP Forecourt, while the Lucky Country bounces to life in the Museum of Sydney’s floating glass cube.

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Culture of PLace

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Culture of place of Sydney - colour.

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Parramatta's once in a lifetime opportunity

Parramatta's once in a lifetime opportunity | Urban Places - World Cities | Scoop.it

Sydney - decentralisation. Sydney - decentralisation. One of the state's grand old cities is now its great hope for economic prosperity - 'the infrastructure capital of the world', as the premier put it.


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Sydney - decentralisation. 

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Sydney - decentralisation. 

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Here are the world's best Internet cities (Seattle made the cut) | GeekWire

Here are the world's best Internet cities (Seattle made the cut) | GeekWire | Urban Places - World Cities | Scoop.it

UBM’s Future Cities, a blog that focuses on how cities are developing, just put together a list of its ten best Internet cities in the world and the findings may surprise you.

 

The only U.S. city to make the cut was not New York City, San Francisco, Boston or Austin — it was Seattle.

 

The rankings were based on five criteria, with descriptions from UBM in quotes:

 

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20 of the world's hottest startup cities [Infographic]

20 of the world's hottest startup cities [Infographic] | Urban Places - World Cities | Scoop.it

Interested in startups outside the Valley? Intuit just released this interesting infographic that breaks down the world’s top startup cities into eight key areas that distinguish them as major startup hubs: startup output, funding, performance, entrepreneurial mindset, trendsetting, support, talent, and differentiation.

 
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Ten Points for Liveable Cities: Lessons from Singapore

Ten Points for Liveable Cities: Lessons from Singapore | Urban Places - World Cities | Scoop.it

Urban populations are expanding at an exponential rate as people are migrating to city centers where economic opportunities promise social mobility and access to education, health resources, and where employment is more abundant than in rural areas. 


Nations once considered in the “third world” are making leaps to accommodate growing populations with thoughtful considerations in designing these new urban capitals.  Population trends have shifted considerably and have contributed to some of the densest urban cities never before seen in history.  The rise in the classification of cities as “mega-cities” and the problems that such high population densities face speak to the fact that our cities have reached a saturation point that needs to addressing.

Singapore, an island nation in the Asian Pacific, is the third densest country in the world. Last year the Center for Liveable Cities and the Urban Land Institute participated in a summit of leading planners and policy makers to discuss the steps that Singapore was taking in its development in response to its growing urban populations.  The result of the conference was a list of ten points that contribute to making Singapore a liveable high dense city...


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Tomorrow's cities: Just how smart is Songdo? - BBC News

Tomorrow's cities: Just how smart is Songdo? - BBC News | Urban Places - World Cities | Scoop.it
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Tomorrow's cities: Just how smart is Songdo?
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As cities around the world look to technology to make themselves "smarter" many are watching Songdo.
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Melbourne makes it three years in a row as world's most liveable city - CNN

Melbourne makes it three years in a row as world's most liveable city - CNN | Urban Places - World Cities | Scoop.it
Melbourne makes it three years in a row as world's most liveable city
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(CNN) -- Melbourne made it three years in a row as the world's most livable city, according to the 2013 Economist Intelligence Unit's (EIU) Global Livability Survey.
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The seven roads choking the NSW economy

The seven roads choking the NSW economy | Urban Places - World Cities | Scoop.it
Audit spotlights transport networks as needing serious attention to cope with a growing population.

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Sydney urban case study - sustainability and suburbunisation.

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France Declares All New Rooftops Must Be Topped With Plants Or Solar Panels | CSGlobe

France Declares All New Rooftops Must Be Topped With Plants Or Solar Panels | CSGlobe | Urban Places - World Cities | Scoop.it
A new law recently passed in France mandates that all new buildings that are built in commercial zones in France must be partially covered in either plants

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World cities - laws created in Paris, for France, are role models for rest of the world in requiring roofs to be more sustainable (cultural authority, and some economic authority). Not just Dot Point 16 (WC authority), but Dot Point 14 too, in character of world cities. Some excellently progressive building codes.

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World cities - laws created in Paris, for France, are role models for rest of the world in requiring roofs to be more sustainable (cultural authority, and some economic authority). Not just Dot Point 16 (WC authority), but Dot Point 14 too, in character of world cities. Some excellently progressive building codes.

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MIT urban development head asserts that Agenda 21 smart cities are the best alternative to outright population control

MIT urban development head asserts that Agenda 21 smart cities are the best alternative to outright population control | Urban Places - World Cities | Scoop.it

In a recent Q&A with SmartPlanet, top urban developer and director of MIT’s Media Lab’s Changing Places group Kent Larson openly states that Agenda 21′s concept of smart cities and micro-apartments is the alternative to outright population control. He also stresses that the influence MIT wields in the actual development of so-called micro-apartments is increasing. Larson:

“We just have to accept that cities are growing. You could wish they weren’t. You could hope that population control would reduce the rate at which these cities are expanding. We just start with that as a given.

 

In these words, Larson implicitly states that population control is something to be hoped for, but must in the end be regarded as something unrealistic. The second best thing, according to Larson, is further development of compact mega-cities as outlined by UN’s Agenda 21. In response to a question why people should care about population growth, and what this means for MIT’s urban development endeavors, Larson answers ....


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Smart Cities: Technology, Sustainability & Innovation for a Better World

Smart Cities: Technology, Sustainability & Innovation for a Better World | Urban Places - World Cities | Scoop.it

They only occupy two per cent of the Earth’s land mass, but cities today use a huge amount of the planet’s natural capital, consuming 75 % of global resources and generating 80 % of global greenhouse gas emissions.

As the world population grows to 9 billion by 2050, the number of those living in urban areas will swell by 3 billion to 6.3 billion. With demand for energy and resources set to spike on the back of urban population growth, smart cities have emerged as the modern answer to the wave of urbanisation sweeping across the globe.

 

What defines a smart city?

Put simply, smart cities integrate diverse technologies to reduce its environmental impact. Using a more formal definition from a recent report by the United Cities and Local Governments, smart cities use new technologies, innovation and knowledge management to become more liveable, functional, competitive and modern, bringing together six key fields of performance: the economy, mobility, the environment, citizenship, quality of life and management.


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Scientists Develop Standardized Analysis of City Pollution Emissions | Yale Environment 360

Scientists Develop Standardized Analysis of City Pollution Emissions | Yale Environment 360 | Urban Places - World Cities | Scoop.it

A team of Israeli researchers has developed a method to track pollution over the world’s mega-cities, a satellite-based process they say could help hold nations accountable for their pollution and promote cleaner industrial practices. Using data collected by three NASA satellite systems, the researchers from Tel Aviv University (TAU) collected pollution trends for 189 cities with populations exceeding 2 million.

 

According to Pinhas Alpert, head of TAU’s Porter School of Environmental Study, the research represents the first standardized global analysis of the smog levels in the atmosphere over the world’s largest cities.

 

Based on the data, collected from 2002 to 2010, cities in Northeast China, India, the Middle East, and Central Africa saw the steepest rise in aerosol concentrations, with an average increase of 34 percent. The greatest improvements during that period occurred in Houston, which saw a 31-percent decrease in aerosol concentrations; Curitiba, Brazil, with a 26-percent decrease; and Stockholm, with a 23-percent decrease.

 

The method is described in the American Journal of Climate Change.

 

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Boom and bus: how public transport can curb road deaths as our cities grow

Boom and bus: how public transport can curb road deaths as our cities grow | Urban Places - World Cities | Scoop.it
Claudia Adriazola: As urban populations swell, city planners must bolster bus and train systems if we are to reduce traffic accidents (By 2050 75% of world's population will live in cities, forward planning will save lives
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