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We Need A Definition of Nearly Zero Energy Buildings

November 28, 2014 by David Thorpe

Low energy house types in Europe

A European study on the cost effectiveness of deep renovation of existing buildings contains recommendations for individual member states and says a definition of nearly Zero Energy Buildings is needed so designers and architects know what to aim for.[read more]

3D Printing Can Empower Landscape Architects

November 27, 2014 by The Dirt ASLA

3D Printing Innovation

Landscape architects can bypass things that used to be required basics like contractors and participate directly in the fabrication and manufacturing of all sorts of objects like benches or even pavers, if they are confident enough to delve into 3D modeling and 3D printing.[read more]

Toronto Seeks Injunction to Stop Uber

November 27, 2014 by Brandon Donnelly

Uber Injunction in Toronto

One evening this past spring I was leaving a Rotman School event at Liberty Grand on the west side of Toronto. There aren’t a lot of taxis coming through this part of the city, so I figured I was going to have to wait while I hailed one from my phone. But as luck would have it, one happened to be pulling up.[read more]

China's Clean Air Challenge: The Health Impacts of Transport Emissions

November 24, 2014 by TheCityFix - produced by EMBARQ

China, Transportation, and Air Pollution

Air quality is one of many tragic social and environmental issues China has faced during its rapid urbanization and motorization. China’s Ministry of Environmental Protection revealed that only 4.1% of the 74 surveyed cities met the new standards for fine particulate matter (PM2.5) emissions.[read more]

Uber-like Buses That Go Where and When You Want To

November 21, 2014 by TheCityFix - produced by EMBARQ

Transportation Options

Startups like Uber are revolutionizing personal transport in cities worldwide, providing on-demand services at a relatively low price. Can the same thing be done for bus transport? Imagine requesting a bus from your phone, and having it drop you off exactly where you chose.[read more]

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Favelas Can Teach Us About Future Cities – Sir David King

November 18, 2014 by David Thorpe

The people who build favelas know what they're doing.

The UK Foreign Secretary's Special Representative for Climate Change, Sir David King, is tonight to tell colleagues dealing with urban innovation that shantytowns, favelas and mediaeval towns have much to teach us about how cities should be organised.[read more]

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This 3D Weaver Could Change the Face of Architecture

November 18, 2014 by Sophie Curtis

Textiles as Building Materials

Textiles have already changed the face of urban architecture. With the advancements in digital manufacturing, textiles are playing an even stronger role providing material that can be made on demand to spec with very little waste, changing how textile composites can be used as new building materials.[read more]

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WEBCAST: Herbert Girardet on Regenerative Cities Part 1

November 12, 2014 by David Thorpe

Herbert Girardet, co-founder of the World Future Council

In this first of a two-part interview Herbert Girardet, co-founder of the World Future Council and lifelong activist for sustainable cities, talks about his new book Creating Regenerative Cities. He discusses the new concept of regenerative cities, the existing state of affairs defined by the idea of Petropolis, and urban metabolism.[read more]

100 Smart Cities in India: Governing for Human Impact

November 12, 2014 by TheCityFix - produced by EMBARQ

Smart Cities in India

This summer, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced plans to build ‘100 smart cities’ across India in an effort to take advantage of the country’s recent urban boom and catalyze investment in Indian cities. His initiative will cost the government 1.15 billion USD for the first year.[read more]

What Makes a City 'Smart,' Anyway?

November 11, 2014 by This Big City

Defining Smart Cities

What exactly makes a city smart? There are varied ideas and approaches to developing smart cities, but the broad conversation centers around how information and technology can be used to plan and manage a city from a centralized hub.[read more]

Cities and the Future of Newsrooms

November 8, 2014 by Future Cape Town

Newsrooms and the Future

The word ‘newsroom’ may conjure several mental images for the reader. Kryptonite soldiers pouring over state secrets and explosive scandals. The rise of short-form journalism and online publications has made us rethink the newsroom and its future.[read more]

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The 'Smartest Week' in Toronto

November 4, 2014 by Vitor Pereira

The idea is not buying technology, the meaning for Toronto is channeling the good that the technology produces to the society in general and if there exists a machine that hybridizes with humans, it is almost certain that it will be created around here.[read more]