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3 Innovations to Reduce the Impact of e-Waste & Landfills
As populations grow, environmental issues start as minor concerns and grow into global crises. A striking example of this involves the waste management industry.
The City Is Ours review – will vertical forests and smart street lights really save the planet?
Can something as messy and complex as the issues surrounding mass global urbanisation be squeezed into a popular exhibition?
Studio Gang to “sustainably grow” cities with this energy-efficient tower
Architecture practice Studio Gang has unveiled designs for One Delisle, a new residential tower that marks the firm’s first foray in Canada.
City designs an energy-positive data center to fight climate change
Norwegian architecture firm Snohetta and real estate developer MIRIS have unveiled designs for ‘The Spark,’ an urban data center that reuses excess heat to power cities.
Old shipping container repurposed as a 40-foot-tall parking booth
Ohio is now home to what is probably the world’s most unique parking booth. The firm behind the design, JBAD architects, turned an old shipping container on its end to create a 40-foot-tall red tower that provides a striking contrast with the surrounding buildings.
Learning from Europe
European cities tend to be more walkable and transit-accessible—perhaps because they get the three Ds right (density, diversity, and design).
Learning from Suburban Housing
Looking at the suburbs, therefore, provides a way of understanding a vast segment of the public without the need to endorse or slander their homes. Anthony Alofsin, an architect, historian, and author of Wright in Gotham, writes of the need for urbanists and urbanophiles to treat the suburbs more respectfully:
Why Cities Are Our Most Important Innovation Platform
When we think about innovation, we tend to think about individual gifts of insight—researchers in crisp, white lab coats, slick tech entrepreneurs with fancy gadgets and VC’s doing inspired deals.
Smart city technology could dramatically improve quality-of-life indicators
A new McKinsey Global Institute (MGI) report has found smart city technology can improve various indicators of residents’ quality of life by a noticeable amount.
The benefits of tackling problems as a unified metro region
Collaborating with nearby jurisdictions creates economy of scale and better odds for success, panelists said at the recent Chicago Forum on Global Cities.
How Satellites Are Making Agriculture More Efficient
Did you know 37 of our planet is used strictly for agriculture? Maintaining and improving our efficiency in agriculture is one of the most overlooked challenges that humanity will face in the coming decades. Why? As the population continues to grow, much of the world will depend more and more on effective agriculture to output more resources that the world relies on.
Carbon Engineering cuts cost of carbon capture to less than $100 per ton
Carbon Engineering, a British Columbia-based company that has the financial backing of Bill Gates, has released a peer-reviewed study that demonstrates how the company’s technology is capable of capturing carbon dioxide from the atmosphere at a cost of less than $100 per ton.
It's Called Vertical Farming, And It Could Be The Future Of Agriculture
The concept sounds like science fiction: instead of spreading out across acres and acres, the farms of the future will grow lettuce and strawberries inside climate-controlled, light-controlled cylinders. Less land, less water, but year-round light and perfectly controlled moisture.
10 steps to building a smart city
As urban areas swell around the world, leaders are seeking better ways to accommodate citizens.
5 Ideas We Need To Steal From Megacities with Great Subways
The biggest, fastest-growing cities in the world all struggle with public transit. But necessity is the mother of invention, even when it comes to moving vast numbers of people through a 21st-century city—and many of these cities are either experimenting with new transit ideas or have pioneered transformative technology that’s now being adopted worldwide. Here are a few examples.
The automated city: do we still need humans to run public services?
From driverless buses to an AI council worker called Amelia, municipal services are becoming increasingly automated. But what does that mean for the future of our cities – and the jobs market?
5 reasons Why Cities Should Start Online Civic Engagement
Civic engagement refers to the practice of encouraging citizens to become involved in the community life and help shape the community’s future. Thanks to the rise of modern technologies, your city government can nowadays also use online means to get closer to its citizens.
how vertical farming can save the world
Vertical farms could offer a solution by producing higher crop yields year-round in less space than conventional agriculture.
Noise pollution is the new ‘secondhand smoke’ according to experts
Noise pollution is “the new secondhand-smoke.” Researchers at New York University are conducting a five-year study of noise in the City to better understand how the sounds around us impact our health.
We need to build more culture before anything: Municipality Supervisor
Karaj municipality supervisor pointed to the fact that building culture is needed in order to pay more attention to citizens’ issues.
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