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Can Preparing for Climate Change have Social Benefits?

July 29, 2014 by Future Cape Town

The Benefits of Preparation

 

Kristian Foreman, founder of Zones Urbaines Sensibles, led the build up to Department of Design’s “Preparing for Climate Change” workshop with a lecture on integrating the environmental, social, and economic agenda when investments are made to prepare for Climate Change.[read more]

The AirBnB Phenomenon: What's the Impact on Cities?

July 24, 2014 by This Big City

AirBnB and Urban Change

While some say AirBnB is helping build a “sharing economy” where money is redistributed to low-income individuals and small businesses, others claim it’s fueling a lucrative underground economy, promoting the evasion of taxes and contributing to an acute shortage of affordable housing.[read more]

Serious Games for Urban Planning

July 24, 2014 by Future Cape Town

Urban Planning Gaming

Tygron, a company that creates serious games for urban development, hosted part of the Serious Gaming workshop. Tygron’s products were created out of a need for city planners to be able to conceptualize development initiatives before they are put into policy.[read more]

What Tech Talent Shortage? Microsoft Trims 18,000 Employees From Payroll

July 22, 2014 by Jim Russell
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Microsoft Cuts and Talent Migration

The Tech Economy is dying. And by that, I mean the Innovation Economy (to stick with Enrico Moretti’s terminology in his book The New Geography of Jobs) is dying. The “Innovation Economy” is an epoch, following on the heels of agriculture and manufacturing.[read more]

Technology Brings People Together in Public Spaces After All

July 22, 2014 by Project for Public Spaces

Tech and Public Space

As he sat in a PPS training watching time-lapse films of Bryant Park in the early 1980s, Keith Hampton realized he may have just found precisely the baseline he needed to examine how behavior in public space has changed in our contemporary digital world.[read more]

The Top 10 Mega-Cities by 2030

July 18, 2014 by Brandon Donnelly

Mega-Cities and World Urbanization

A reason I'm fascinated by cities is that it’s becoming increasingly more important to get them right. From about 1831 to 1925, London was the largest city in the world. Its population went from somewhere around 1.5 to 2 million people to nearly 7.5 million. Today our largest cities are significantly bigger.[read more]

5 Tech-Savvy Hacks and Apps to 'Smartify' Indoor Agriculture

Indoor Agriculture Innovation

 

One of the most tech-savvy areas of the sustainable agriculture revolution is indoor agriculture – growing in warehouses, containers and greenhouses using hydroponic, aquaponic and aeroponic systems, and the industry has seen a wave of new technology commercialized of late.[read more]

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21 Features of the Future Sustainable City

July 15, 2014 by David Thorpe

Sustainability is about our children's children's lives.

We already have many of the ideas and inventions that are needed to make cities truly sustainable. Other ingredients are presently in development. In this article I make an attempt to summarise many of the key elements. In the comments section you are welcome to suggest more.[read more]

San Francisco's High-Tech Urbanism

July 10, 2014 by Global Site Plans - The Grid

Urban Tech Life in San Francisco

Everyday we see how technology is changing the way we live and work, but how is it affecting our built environment? San Francisco is one of the major test grounds for new ideas and technological innovation and it is here that our interaction with the physical world is also evolving.[read more]

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VIDEO: Innovation + Territory Film Sessions: Urban Metabolism

July 8, 2014 by Camilo Prats

A video about urban metabolism and water.

How do you cope in a place where it hasn't rained for 400 years? Innovation + Territory Film Sessions is an incredible effort to create a new educational product for planners interested in research and innovation applied to territory, revealing the hidden metabolism of cities and how it should be sustained.[read more]

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GreenITNet: Sharing Green IT Excellence for European Cities

July 7, 2014 by Maikel Bouricius
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Green IT network shares best practice for smarter cities

The Interreg IVC project GreenITNet is a collaboration between 10 European partners from 9 different countries to helps create smarter, more sustainable cities. It focuses on the activation of European cities with a high sustainable energy ambition, a strong ICT technology potential and previous experience in Green IT.[read more]

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Could Radical Carbon Offsetting be Used to Absorb Atmospheric Carbon?

July 7, 2014 by David Thorpe
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Building with timber and hemcrete. Courtesy Lime Technologies

Radical carbon offsetting schemes would permit the extraction of fossil fuels providing that an adequate and equivalent amount of carbon was removed from the atmosphere to that which will be released by the fossil fuels' combustion. Fossil fuel companies would finance such schemes for the privilege of taking carbon from the ground.[read more]