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5 Bikesharing Trends to Watch

May 27, 2015 by Neal Gorenflo

Bikesharing is trending in cities

Here are five bikesharing trends – both promising and troubling – to watch in 2015. Important issues such as funding and equity are poised to come to the fore this year as the industry continues to grow and evolve and P2P bikesharing reinvents itself.[read more]

How Driverless Vehicles Are Set to Transform Our Lives

May 22, 2015 by Hussein Dia

Automation and Cars

Vehicles which drive themselves might sound like science fiction but they may be on our roads sooner than you think. So what do we know about the likely impacts of these auto robots, and how can we shape the future directions and policies to enable their adoption for a safer and more sustainable mobility future?[read more]

The City With an App That Encourages Citizens to Suggest Bills to Government

Sao Paolo's app

Legislando (“Legislating”) is an application that lets citizens make suggestions for bills, as well as support and follow other collaborative proposals, and see them through approval by the Municipal House and Legislative Assemblies. The tool, which intends to be a kind of “political social network,” was introduced in São Paulo, Brazil on April 27.[read more]

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Webinar Roundup: How to Get Started in Vertical Farming and Urban Agriculture – the Next Big Thing For Cities

May 18, 2015 by David Thorpe

The future of salad growing

Last week Sustainable Cities Collective hosted a successful webinar on urban agriculture, in particular indoor and vertical farming. It gave plenty of advice to anyone thinking of entering the industry or just curious about it. If you missed it, read this write-up, see a record of the Twitter conversation on Storify or listen to a recording here.[read more]

Top 4 Portuguese Smart Cities: Bragança, Lisbon, Oporto, and Oeiras

May 11, 2015 by Vitor Pereira

Smart Cities in Portugal

A recent study, presented in Lisbon at the Analytical Cities event, presents an independent evaluation tool for good practices in energy, environment, government, mobility, buildings, services and communication. It places Bragança, Lisbon, Oporto and Oeiras at the top 4 intelligent cities in Portugal.[read more]

How Bitcoin Could Transform Home Buying

May 8, 2015 by Brandon Donnelly

Bitcoin and Purchasing a Home

I recently heard Brad Burnham, venture capitalist at Union Square Ventures, say in a talk that if you’re thinking about Bitcoin just as a currency, then you’re thinking about it in the wrong way. Bitcoin, and the underlying block chain architecture, have the potential to be very transformative.[read more]

Driverless Cars and Public Transit Would Cut Traffic By 90% – OECD

May 7, 2015 by Brandon Donnelly

Driverless in Lisbon

If a city replaced all cars with driverless ones and public transit, the same number of people could be moved around with only 10% of the cars currently on the road, according to the OECD's International Transport Forum recent report Urban Mobility System Upgrade, using Lisbon, Portugal, as an example.[read more]

Is Tesla's Home-Powering Battery a Game-Changer?

May 4, 2015 by Brandon Donnelly

Tesla and Energy Innovation

Recently, Elon Musk announced something called the Powerwall home battery. Measuring about 3′ x 4′, the shield looking battery pack will charge using the electricity generated from solar panels (or from the grid when rates are at their lowest) and then power your home.[read more]

Harnessing Youth Innovation: Are You Up for The Urban Challenge? Deadline in 4 Days

May 4, 2015 by Ivan Bruce

Jakarta Urban Challenge

The Jakarta Urban Challenge, run by Connect4Climate and the New Cities Foundation, allows young innovators to put their creativity into action to truly make a difference in their own city while also potentially having a global impact on reducing greenhouse gas emissions to help curb climate change. Results will be announced at this year's New Cities Summit.[read more]

What Will Driverless Electric Cars Mean for Cities?

April 30, 2015 by Brandon Donnelly

Driverless Cars and the Future

Electric and driverless vehicles are a step in the right direction. At some point in the not too distant future we’re going to look back at that time when people used to drive their own cars and wonder how we ever allowed that to happen. But there still remains a question of how best to plan our cities.[read more]

Cities and Technology: Imagining the Way Things Could Be

April 23, 2015 by Brandon Donnelly

Technology Creating the Future

The common thread for me between architecture, real estate development, and technology is that in all of these cases it is about imagining the way things could be in the future and then creating it. It’s about change. It’s about growth. It’s about creation. I consider myself a builder in practically every sense.[read more]

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Webinar Round-up: What Makes a Smart City?

April 16, 2015 by David Thorpe

What makes a smart city? And is it truly sustainable?

A roundup of our recent webinar on Smart Cities, a successful discussion of many of the controversial aspects of smart cities. It looked at questions such as: what is a smart city? What about mobility? Should we believe the hype? Are smart cities sustainable cities? How can we be properly inclusive?[read more]