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Modi Launches India's Smart Cities and Housing for All Initiatives

Ahmedabad – beacon of smart development

Today, Prime Minister Narendra Modi formally launches the government’s ambitious Smart Cities initiative, which aims to tackle key issues resulting from India’s rapid urbanization. In addition, the ‘Atal Mission’ and ‘Housing for All by 2022’ will also be announced.[read more]

Four Months to Dream Up a Smart City Plan for Mumbai

From slumdogs to smart canines?

How can Mumbai become a Smart City that the nation is proud of? The recently published Draft Development Plan (DP) for Mumbai was so poorly received by various stakeholders that Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis scrapped it and it has to be reworked in just four months.[read more]

What is Smart Growth?

June 16, 2015 by Tyler Caine

Is there such a thing as sustainable growth?

A Review of the Smart Growth Manual by: Andres Duany & Jeff Speck with Mike Lydon. The experience of three planning veterans boiled into a valid list of smart growth concepts that can serve as a primer for new development efforts.[read more]

Google Creates Company to Improve Cities

Sidewalk Labs will solve urban challenges

Google has created Sidewalk Labs to solve urban challenges with technology by developing products, platforms and partnerships to accelerate progress in the areas of mobility, efficient transport, cost of living, use of natural resources and government efficiency.[read more]

Our Middle Eastern City of the Future

June 10, 2015 by Ben Schulman

Middle Eastern cities must get Smarter

As we see and hear of towns in the Middle East getting burned down, it might sound ridiculous talking of adopting the latest fancy technologies. Yet Dubai has a goal to be one of the happiest cities in ten years and has a smart city agenda to help it achieve that. It is always the right time for urban planners, entrepreneurs, techies, venture capitalists and others to work together.[read more]

Do Self-Driving Cars Really Make Smart Cities Better Places?

June 4, 2015 by Rick Robinson

Cars or people first?

Will we remember to design cities for people and life, enriched by interactions and supported by transport? Or will we put the driverless car and the app that hires it before the passenger?[read more]

9 Examples of What Happens When Authorities Make The Data They Own Publicly Accessible

May 28, 2015 by Cape Town Partnership

Africa is getting smarter

What ripple effects occur when authorities make the data they own publicly accessible? Since Cape Town launched its open data policy, we found these 9+ examples of open data used effectively.[read more]

The Digital City: Dream or Horror?

May 24, 2015 by Klaus Philipsen

Roosevelt Island NY sea-level rise resiliency

The traditional approach to planning and urban design is rapidly becoming obsolete due to the need for resilience, sustainability and adaptability, equity and social justice. To get a handle on these complicated system questions, data collection, processing, visualization, simulation and adaptation have become absolutely necessary.[read more]

Can Big Data Deliver Evidence Based Urban Design?

May 19, 2015 by Klaus Philipsen

A vision for digital cities

Can big data, open data, and real-time measurements of everything get us to such a thing as "evidence based urban design", fact-based city planning, and an approach that thinks long-term instead of in election cycles? Can Smart Cities technology, i.e. the transition from analog to digital, bring about a more holistic, system-based and scientific approach to city planning?[read more]

Top 4 Portuguese Smart Cities: Bragança, Lisbon, Oporto, and Oeiras

May 11, 2015 by Vitor Pereira

Smart Cities in Portugal

A recent study, presented in Lisbon at the Analytical Cities event, presents an independent evaluation tool for good practices in energy, environment, government, mobility, buildings, services and communication. It places Bragança, Lisbon, Oporto and Oeiras at the top 4 intelligent cities in Portugal.[read more]


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]

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]