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Sustainability, Adaptation, Resilience, Building Integrated Agriculture and a Black Eye

September 22, 2014 by Oscar Rodriguez

Urbanism and a Black Eye

If "resilience" is to be the next "thing" in climate change discourse, we should be aware that it implies a war-like footing. If climate change and resource constriction are challenges to be fought, we should be careful in our choice of "guard hands" and look to approaches that offer flexibility.[read more]

The Futuristic, Sustainable Cities Inspired by Arcology

September 19, 2014 by TheCityFix - produced by EMBARQ
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Futurism and Arcology

By 2050, the world’s population is estimated to grow to 9.6 billion, with 66% living in cities. How can we accommodate urbanization while avoiding costly urban sprawl that can lead to unequal access to transport and increased greenhouse gas emissions? The efficient, dense, self-contained cities of arcology.[read more]

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How Cities Will Feed Their Citizens in the Future

September 18, 2014 by David Thorpe

Fresh and local – grown in a warehouse

For the last week I have been posting articles describing highlights from the Vertical Farming and Urban Agriculture conference held at Nottingham University last week. In this article I will draw together all the threads and try to present a picture of how I now see that cities will feed themselves in the future.[read more]

Shanghai's Silent Motorcycles: What Do they Say About Global Pollution?

September 15, 2014 by Patrick Lydon

Shanghai Motorcycles

A lot of talk about China in the West is about the polution it spews, about the dirty cities, the un-breathable air. On a recent visit to Shanghai, however, something astounding stuck out. The motorcycles, mopeds, and scooters were not spouting fumes.[read more]

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How Singapore and Japan are Feeding Cities with Low Carbon Indoor Farms

September 12, 2014 by David Thorpe

Jack Ng, founder of Sky Urban Solutions

Dramatically reduced energy use in a water-powered vertical farm. 7,000 lettuces per square meter per year. How Singapore and Japan are leading the way in urban, indoor agriculture.[read more]

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Launch of the international Centre for Urban Agriculture in Nottingham

September 11, 2014 by David Thorpe

Location of the new Centre

The Centre for Urban Agriculture is a new initiative in Nottingham University, a partnership with its academic collaborators in China and Malaysia, set up to address the issue of food security and urban agriculture, launched at the International Conference on Vertical Farming and Urban Agriculture yesterday.[read more]

How Smartwatches Will Augment Location

September 11, 2014 by Brandon Donnelly

Smart Clothing and Location

So the rumors were right. Apple released a watch. So what does this even mean? It means walking into a restaurant and having a tip pop up on your watch telling you what the best dish is. It’s driving down the street and having your watch notify you that there’s an open house 3 blocks away.[read more]

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Urban Agriculture – A Next Big Thing for Cities

September 8, 2014 by David Thorpe

Dickson Despommier at the conference.

Dickson Despommier sees the growth of urban and vertical farming as exponential. This is an account of his presentation at the Vertical Farming and Urban Growing conference in Nottingham, today.[read more]

Redefining the Smart City

September 4, 2014 by Future Cape Town

Smart Cities

The best definition I ever heard for the oft-used term, “Smart City,” is this: Smart Cities quickly, efficiently match supply and demand, easing the curves of the economy, the strain on infrastructure, and the impacts on the natural environment by predicting the ebbs and flows of people’s movements.[read more]

Car-Sharing Grows in China as an Alternative to Vehicle Ownership

August 25, 2014 by TheCityFix - produced by EMBARQ

China Car Sharing

China’s increasing overall wealth makes it unlikely that the country’s growth in car ownership will stop any time soon. However, severe air pollution and traffic congestion have led several large Chinese cities to take action to stem the rising tide of private cars.[read more]

Government Technology Facilitates a 'New City' in Lincoln, Nebraska

August 24, 2014 by Global Site Plans - The Grid

'New City' in Lincoln

With the rise of the technological and digital communication era, city and metropolitan governments are rapidly realizing the great importance of harnessing this scientific know-how in order to provide an optimal environment for their citizens.[read more]

Aude, France Creates App to Connect and Inform Youth about their City

August 23, 2014 by Global Site Plans - The Grid

Youth Communication in Cities

“Our objective with the Acti City InfoJeunes Connect app consists of responding to their expectations in order to be identified as a source of serious, credible, and referenced information.” It is with these words that Claude Soula, Director of Acti City Youth Information presented this new tool in service of young people.[read more]