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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]

Using Drones to Maintain Urban Woods and Greenery

April 15, 2015 by Leda Marritz

Drones and urban greenery

Unmanned Aerial Vehicles are all over the news. As they get lighter and more affordable, the applications for their use widen. Brian Ritter, an ISA Certified Arborist, Registered Forester, and current PhD candidate in Forest Resources at Clemson University, talks here about their applications in urban forest inventories.[read more]

A Tech Touch: Connecting Beaches, Parks, and Big Data

April 14, 2015 by The Nature of Cities

Connecting Places and Data

Smart city technology is going beyond data-collecting sensors in streetlights and on garbage containers. It’s expanding to beaches and parks, creating a feedback loop that will allow local Barcelona Metropolitan Area officials to better manage public spaces.[read more]

10 Powerful Policies to Successful Smart Mobility

April 13, 2015 by Hussein Dia

Smart Urban Mobility

In transport, we have seen a shift in the thinking during the past 20 years on how to provide the infrastructure required to support our mobility needs. Which three nations are recognized as world leaders in smart mobility and what can other countries learn from their remarkable journeys and experiences?[read more]

In a More Volatile World, New Models Are Needed

April 11, 2015 by The Dirt ASLA

Modeling Bahavior Innovation

Today, we understand how our world is shaped by complex, dynamic systems. While landscape architects have been fast to embrace ecological systems thinking, they have been slower to see how systems thinking can transform our ways of imagining, visualizing, and then intervening in the environment.[read more]

People-Centric Smart Cities: Five Ways Technology can Support Better Urban Living

Technology Making Cities Smarter

What are smart cities? Consensus is growing around the idea that smart cities utilize technology to foster green development, innovation, and new forms of participation. There are many ways that technology can help cities be more responsive to residents, while also making urban areas more efficient and green.[read more]

The Loss of Internet Equality in the City of Riverside, California

April 6, 2015 by Global Site Plans - The Grid

Internet Access in California

Access to the Internet has become a necessity these days. Both the United Nations and the creator of the internet have argued that access to it is a human right, and it’s hard to ignore the increasing difficulty of participating in modern society without it.[read more]

China Designs the World's First Hydrogen Tram [VIDEO]

April 6, 2015 by Future Cape Town

China's Hydrogen Tram

The China South Rail Corporation announced this month the advent of the only hydrogen powered tram, making China, in this sense, the only country in the entire world that has applied the hydrogen fuel cell technology to a public transportation system.[read more]

Mountain Skyscrapers: Morphosis Proposes Tallest Building in Europe, in the Swiss Alps

April 3, 2015 by Brandon Donnelly

Skyscraper in the Alps

A controversial design proposal for the tallest building in Europe has been making the rounds online over the past few days. Designed by Morphosis Architects, the 381 meter-tall tower is being proposed in Vals in the Swiss Alps. And pretty much everyone seems to hate it.[read more]

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European Mayors Band Their Cities Together to Fight Climate Change

March 30, 2015 by David Thorpe

The Covenant of Mayors

Mayors of 30 cities in Europe have signed a joint initiative on climate change in which they pledged to undertake to "reduce by at least 40% (their) greenhouse gases by 2030", in line with the European Union's goal and pledged to collectively purchase clean energy technology to make it more competitive.[read more]

Why Brick-and-Mortar Stores Should be Scared of Same-Hour Delivery

March 21, 2015 by Brandon Donnelly

Venture capitalist Fred Wilson wrote a post on his blog recently called, 'Same Day/Same Hour Delivery,' is about why he believes that Walmart could get the “most disrupted by the Internet.” And it has to do with the rapid rise of same day and even same hour delivery from ecommerce companies.[read more]

Book Review: The New Sustainability Advantage

March 17, 2015 by Derek Wong

Businesses and Sustainability

Proactively incorporating sustainability into a business’ core strategy can increase profits by 51 to 81%, according to corporate sustainability expert and author Bob Willard. His book The New Sustainability Advantage and the companion online tools lay out seven strategies and estimate potential returns.[read more]