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Would You Want to Live in a Hyper/CAT City? It Could Be a Smart Thing

January 27, 2015 by David Thorpe

The HyperCAT logo

Hyper/CAT! It sounds like some kind of super powered feline, but if a certain group of people in the UK have their way it will be even more powerful than that. For HyperCat it is an emerging new standard, rather like HTML, but for the Internet of Things. It will help everything that is in a smart city talk to everything else. If it were to become globally applicable then all cities in the world will be one day interoperable, connectable, and able to use the same technology.[read more]

The Pull from Services to Products

January 21, 2015 by Brandon Donnelly

Types of Work in a Changing Economy

Recently I woke up to a fascinating post by designer Tobias van Schneider called: 'The agency is dead. Long live the agency.' What he’s talking about is the phenomenon of design agencies being gobbled up or “acqui-hired" by product firms such as Facebook and Google.[read more]

Two Thoughts on Reviving Post-Industrial Cities

January 20, 2015 by Brandon Donnelly

Post-Industry Urbanism

If you think about the resurgence of cities such as Detroit, you’d be hard pressed not to think of people like Dan Gilbert. He has become the poster boy for Detroit’s resurgence by moving his companies to downtown and buying up most of the office buildings.[read more]


The Heat is On for Sustainable District Heating and Cooling

January 19, 2015 by Clare Taylor

The London Heat Map and Sustainability

Half of cities’ energy consumption is for heating and cooling. From planning to implementation, cities are increasingly turning to modern district energy as a low carbon solution using cogeneration and many different kinds of fuel from renewables and waste, to seawater and geothermal energy.[read more]

What Will it Take to Create Smart Cities in India?

January 19, 2015 by TheCityFix - produced by EMBARQ

India and Smart Urbanism

In June 2014, the Government of India announced its ambitious plan to build smart cities across the country. To make the most of this push for smarter cities, city and national leaders need to plan a comprehensive urbanization strategy. But what will this entail?[read more]

OmniProcessor Makes Drinking Water From Sewage

January 14, 2015 by Jeff McIntire-Strasburg

Waste and Clean Water Access

In many parts of the world, clean drinking water is more precious than gold. Either there is no waste water infrastructure or, if there is, the process is so basic it does little to nothing to treat the waste effectively. Much of it just gets dumped into the nearest river or ocean.[read more]


Now Is the Time for Cities to End Reliance on Fossil Fuels

January 13, 2015 by David Thorpe

Saudi oil well

The price of oil continues to fall, making investment in renewable energy and energy efficiency less economically attractive. But this is all the more reason why now is the time to switch.[read more]

Dubai 2020: A Master Plan for a Growing City

January 7, 2015 by This Big City

Dubai and Planning for Growth

It’s five years until the World Expo 2020 takes place in Dubai, and a lot of changes are going to happen in that time. But is the economic powerhouse of the United Arab Emirates prepared for these changes, and does the city have the right talent to bring them about in an effective and sustainable way?[read more]

Cities of 2030, Today

January 5, 2015 by Tyler Caine

When we look back in a decade and a half, our familiar surroundings will remind us of a familiar lesson–one just as clear today with a glance back to the turn of the century: most of what we need to build better cities is already here. The cities we can have in 2030 are the cities we could have had today.[read more]

New Gear at the Upcoming Consumer Electronics Show will make Urban Biking Safer

January 4, 2015 by TheCityFix - produced by EMBARQ

Bike Safety Technology

Is biking more on your list of resolutions for 2015? If so, you have probably considered what to do to be safer while biking in the city. Around the world, new policies and innovative technologies are being developed to support cycling as a safe alternative to driving a car.[read more]


What Has Being Europe's Green Capital Done for Copenhagen? And What Might Bristol Expect?

December 30, 2014 by David Thorpe

Conchita Wurst won the Eurovision Song Contest in a specially-built environmentally sound arena: Copenhagen's greatest moment in 2014?

The crown for the Green Capital City of Europe passes this week from Copenhagen to Bristol. So what has being a green beacon done for the Danish capital city, and what might Bristol expect in the year ahead?[read more]

Life Below Zero and Underground

December 30, 2014 by Brandon Donnelly

Commerce Underground

I was touring a friend from the US around Toronto’s Financial District and the first thing he said to me was: “You have no retail.” And that’s certainly what it might look like at first glance. But there’s lots of retail. It’s just all underground in an over 30 kilometer long network of walkways called the PATH.[read more]