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Tech and urban life
Impact of technologies in urban life, mainly following this smart cities buzzword and the digital-urban links
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Reprogramming Existing City Infrastructure for #Sustainability - Triple Pundit

Reprogramming Existing City Infrastructure for #Sustainability - Triple Pundit | Tech and urban life |

Across the world, innovative solutions to urban needs are emerging from new uses for existing structures and systems. Officials are joining hands with engineers and corporate R&D teams to improve access to essential resources like water, energy and sunlight, and increase social and environmental wellbeing by reimagining the potential of the resources they already have. They are reprogramming the city.

Via jean lievens, Creativity Angel
luiy's curator insight, October 9, 2013 5:08 AM

Take Lima. For those living on the edges of Peru’s capital, access to clean drinking water is a problem. Small wells supply most of the water, which one resident describes as “unpleasant and polluted,” and in the summer “there isn’t much available.”

Engineers at the local University of Engineering and Technology (UTEC) decided to tackle the issue by making innovative use of two of the city’s more abundant resources: its humid air (which can reach 98 percent humidity), and the billboards that reach into it. They installed a humidity collector and water purifier into the top of one advertising structure in the village of Bujama, creating the UTEC Water Billboard. It can produce 96 liters of clean drinking water a day for local residents, which flows down a pipe to a tap at the base of the structure. Resident Francisco Quilca says it has provided him and his neighbors with a new, pure water source, and wishes it could exist “on the door of every house, in every village.”

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Re:Work Cities, December 2013

Re:Work Cities, December 2013 | Tech and urban life |

"combining entrepreneurship, technology and science to re-work cities for the future."

Via Bionic City
Bionic City's curator insight, September 5, 2013 1:52 PM

Re: Work Cities, taking place on December 13th 2013, in Wapping, London, will combine entrepreneurship, technology and science to re-work cities for the future. Showcasing the opportunities of accelerating technologies and their impact on our urban areas, the summit features keynotes and presentations from 30 the world’s leading technologists and decision-makers and covers topics including Big Data, 3D Printing, Synthetic Biology, Robotics & Sensors, Internet of Things, Self-Assembly and Nanotech. 


Speakers include Christine Outram, Founder, City Innovation Group; Philipp Rode, Executive Director, LSE Cities; Fahim Kawsar, Director, Scalable Systems Research, Bell Laboratories; Gilles Retsin, Co-Founder, Softkill Design; Erik Schlangen, Chair of Experimental Micromechanics, Delft University of Technology; Neil Spiller, Dean, School of Architecture, Design and Construction at University of Greenwich; Andrew Hudson-Smith, Director of the Centre for Advanced Spatial Analysis, University College London; Melissa Sterry, Design Scientist & Futurist; Enrico Dini, Chairman, D-Shape.



The abstract for Sterry's keynote reads:

Beyond Material Boundaries: Exploring the city as more than the sum of its material parts, Melissa will question some of the most fundamental assumptions commonly made about future cities. Drawing on her research into the city as a complex regenerative and adaptive system that mimics biological resilience strategies to worst-case natural hazard events, she will present how the ilk of big data, 3D printing, synthetic biology and self-assembly could enable a city that exits far beyond current material boundaries. Melissa will discuss how leading-edge science, technology and thinking could contribute to manifesting some of the most radical future city visions of the past, before presenting an overview of her Bionic City® project and some of the models she's researching and developing within it. 


For more information visit the link above.

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7 Ways Our Cities Will Change According to TED's Urban Experts

7 Ways Our Cities Will Change According to TED's Urban Experts | Tech and urban life |
Silent parks. Designing for disabilities. Human-powered data. Garbage anthropology. World-class sidewalks. Floating favelas. Paint as infrastructure.

These are the keys to the cities of the future, according to the most recent TED conference, City 2.0. Last year, for the first time, the TED Prize went to an idea—the future of the city—and a million dollars was divvied up among ten grantees all over the world.


Last week was the first-ever TED City 2.0 conference, featuring several of those grantees plus many other urban leaders discussing their ideas for the future of the city.

Via Lauren Moss, Raymond Versteegh
Raymond Versteegh's curator insight, October 6, 2013 3:36 PM

Simple ideas wrapped in big dreams. GET INSPIRED! 

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Cities in the Digital Age

Cities in the Digital Age | Tech and urban life |

Interaction designers can shape “smart” urban environments...

For many people, the draw of cities is their pulse and flow, the veer and crush of humans, our shared machines, the vertical, the symmetrical, the seemingly impossible.

We connect, go forward, are thrust. We revel in the contrasts of urban materials—steel, stone, leaf, blade, glass, branch, Plexiglas, vinyl, flesh. The sheer matrix of it, the complexity of relationships and their potential outcomes, is almost a will unto itself, compelling us to be shaped, inviting us to form and move with it.


Via Lauren Moss, paradoxcity, Manu Fernandez
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