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Why We Need More Women Engineers

November 24, 2015 by Charles Arthur

Interview with Roma Agrawal, a structural engineer at WSP | Parsons Brinckerhoff, one of the world’s leading engineering professional services consulting firms.[read more]

How Platform Coops Can Beat Death Star Platforms for a Real Sharing Economy

November 4, 2015 by Shareable .

We have an epic choice before us between platform coops and Death Star platforms, and the time to decide is now. It might be the most important economic decision we ever make, but most of us don't even know we have a choice.[read more]

Brazil is Ramping up Support of Electric Vehicles

Indeed, while there are a plethora of alternatives to gasoline vehicles available—including electric vehicles produced entirely within Brazil to imported, new technology—they remain largely remain expensive and inaccessible in Brazil. Two recent initiatives, however, are working to decrease the cost of newer vehicles and increase the numbers of vehicles running on electricity.[read more]


The Race to Deliver All-Electric SUVs Comparable to Tesla's Model S

October 21, 2015 by Ryan Kidman

Since its introduction, the Model S has remained in a class of its own. Its design is so advanced, no other automaker has been able to replicate it. For years, it has stood on its own as a shining example of what an electric model should be, and yet there’s not been a single electric offering comparable to it.[read more]

WE TEST: Big Data – Small Actions

October 6, 2015 by Walk21 Vienna

The WE TEST approach involves the use of data and experimentation to achieve citizen involvement, build the case for pedestrian and public space schemes and fast track implementation.[read more]


Let's Use Solar Energy to Power Air-Conditioning, Save Billions and Cut Emissions

September 29, 2015 by David Thorpe

Let solar power cool you off – no sweat!

According to the NREL, "air conditioning currently consumes about 15% of the electricity generated in the United States. It is also a major contributor to peak electrical demand on hot summer days, which can lead to escalating power costs, brownouts, and rolling blackouts".[read more]


Cloud Computing: Understanding the Environmental Benefits of Modern Technology

September 28, 2015 by Ryan Kidman

Environmental sustainability is an essential aspect that many businesses are taking advantage of. As the world becomes more conscious of their contribution to the demise of natural resources, many have begun to look for ways to reduce their carbon footprint by going green[read more]

5 Forecasts for the Future of African Cities

July 29, 2015 by Future Cape Town

Science fiction or prophecy?

“The growth in information and communication technology will soon erase the ‘official’ borders of cities…” An innovation expert in Nigeria shares his thoughts on how economic expansion and innovation will transform the continent.[read more]

Buildings: Our Biggest (and Most Underutilized) Asset for Improving How Cities Perform

A quiet moment in Wuxi, China

It’s time for leaders from both the public and private sectors to pay attention to buildings as a way of improving how their cities perform. High performance buildings (and their cousins: net zero, or near-net zero buildings) are a boost to health and productivity. Here's how to begin.[read more]


Why Cities Need Youth Innovation for a Low Carbon Future

July 24, 2015 by Ivan Bruce

Young winners, designers of a walking app

More than ever, we need young people involved in creating sustainable cities. This can be achieved by establishing and strengthening networks that provide opportunities for young aspiring entrepreneurs and innovators to get involved and learn from like-minded groups of individuals on a global scale.[read more]


Will Autonomous Vehicles and Integrated Transport Planning Bring Extra Costs or Reduce Costs for Cities?

July 23, 2015 by David Thorpe

The connected vehicle

Self-driving vehicles are touted as a big part of the landscape of future cities, enabling people to pursue other tasks while being driven, let cars drive more efficiently, and drastically reducing the number of road casualties. But what will be the ultimate cost-benefit balance for cities? Will it be worth their while to facilitate them?[read more]

A Vertical Aquaponics Farm Aiming for Big Production From a Small Footprint

Small is beautiful

Vertical Fresh Farms is a small aquaponic operation in Buffalo, New York. How small? The vertical farm is small enough to fit into owner Jeremy Witt’s garage. That’s all by design. Witt and Matt Latham, the farm’s other co-owner, planned Vertical Fresh Farms’ small but sustainable layout.[read more]