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Urban Planning "Games" A Novel Approach to an Old Problem

How do you liven up discussions around urban planning, get participants thinking outside of the box and get people to take a holistic and inclusive approach to community planning? Why not try a game?[read more]

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Renewable Energies that Will Revolutionize Sustainable Cities of the Future

July 6, 2016 by Frederic Lee

Carbon emissions have a severe, negative impact on the ecosystems our planet depends on. Everyone knows that carbon levels are higher than they were in the past, but the numbers are shocking: the EPA reports that since 1972, CO2 emissions have increased by 90% globally. NASA warns that this is nowhere near the end of this upward trend if...[read more]

Comcast Icontrol deal highlights pains in connected home technology

July 1, 2016 by Utility Dive

 

Dive Brief:Comcast and Alarm.com have announced their acquisition of Icontrol, developer of smart home technologies, in a deal designed to bolster security offerings and bring technology development in-house, Greentech Media reports. Comcast will acquire Icontrol’s "Converge" software platform, which powers the Xfinity Home...[read more]

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Cities vs Cities: who’s smarter?

June 22, 2016 by Vitor Pereira

Yes, cities are competing with each other. All of them look to attract the most remarkable, creative, intelligent, innovative personalities and citizens. At the same time, they're competing for tourists, companies, investments. It is a mindless competition, many times aggressive and senseless. Not even very smart. If, by 2050, 75% of the world's population is living in cities, we need to find out which cities are those going to be. Not all of them will have attractive capacities and will eventually lose population.[read more]

Why are Cities Using Green Streets for Stormwater Management?

June 21, 2016 by Leda Marritz
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Urban stormwater management and surface water quality protection is a decades old field of science and engineering. Engineers in the field are largely focused on mitigating the impacts of imperious surfaces like roads, sidewalks, parking lots and rooftops in urban areas to protect aquatic habitat and species, reduce drinking water...[read more]

City as a Platform: How It Changes Governance

June 15, 2016 by Wietse Van Ransbeeck

What is the future role of city governments? As digital technologies are changing the way we interact with each other, cities have to undergo a transition as well. Tomorrow’s government is not merely a centralised, rule-driven body, but enables and facilitates citizen-led innovation through an open ecosystem, called ‘city as a...[read more]

What Makes a City Smart?

June 3, 2016 by Klaus Philipsen
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For all the talk about smart cities a lot of dumb stuff happens in cities. Chicago can't get a grip on police violence, Flint poisons its citizens with municipal water, Washington DC's Metro subway is befallen by a series of mishaps and Baltimore can't count its primary votes so that the State has to de-certify the...[read more]

An Open Letter to Google re: Livable Cities

June 2, 2016 by Katrina Johnston-Zimmerman
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 This year would be Jane Jacob’s 100th birthday, and what better to celebrate the memory of this incredible woman than walking along the very streets she helped fight to protect in New York City. This champion of everyday social life in public space and her de facto anthropological observations of people in cities have had a lasting...[read more]

Tree Management Plans are Essential for Sustainable Cities

May 27, 2016 by Sarah Smith
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For the greener cities of the future, a tree management plan for the urban environment becomes a practical discipline that includes tree planting, selection, protection and care. The overall management of trees could be seen as a more collective resource. Let's take San Francisco, for example. They have more than 105,000 trees growing...[read more]

Review: NACTO’s Transit Street Design Guide

May 26, 2016 by The Dirt ASLA

Transit Street Design Guide / Island PressThe new Transit Street Design Guide, the third in a series by the National Association of City Transportation Officials (NACTO), is a must-have reference manual for city planners, transportation planners, engineers, urban designers, and landscape architects involved in the design of streets....[read more]

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Is Offshore Wind Power a Solution to the Fossil Fuel Crisis?

May 23, 2016 by Ryan Kh
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Our world has depended heavily on fossil fuels since the development of the automobile. Unfortunately, we are discovering more and more that they pose serious dangers to our environment. Fossil fuels are also a nonrenewable resource, so global leaders are looking for alternative energy sources. Offshore wind power is a new concept that...[read more]

Standard of Sustainable Building Materials and Inspection

May 18, 2016 by Sarah Smith
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 Green building encompasses all that facilitate skillfulness in avoiding energy wastage, the utilization of sustainable construction materials, and processes that promote not only human, but also those that promote environmental health. There are profound effects that revolve around green building, effects that are either positive...[read more]