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[ News ] Posted on Friday, October 20, 2017 - 12:19
In 1975, just three of the world's urban centers — Tokyo, New York, and Mexico City — had more than 10 million residents. Now, about 7% of people live in cities with eight-figure populations, according to the United Nations. They even have a special name: megacities. The UN projects the global number of megacities to grow from 31 to 41 by 2030, housing some 8.7% of the global population.... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Thursday, October 19, 2017 - 10:04
Urban and rural areas are often seen as opposites, tied together only by how different one is from the other. But a recent report from UN-Habitat argues that way of thinking is all wrong. In fact, it says, the urban-rural divide needs to be reimagined as a harmonious continuum, where policies and programmes aimed at helping people on one side can help people on the other side as well. The report... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Wednesday, October 18, 2017 - 17:52
As long as developers work in tandem with one another, the security problems presented by the development of IoT within smart cities won’t be insurmountable.   Smart cities, which were once confined to the realms of science fiction books, are rapidly becoming a reality all around the globe. Unfortunately, like all revolutionizing innovations, smart cities are developing their own unique... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Wednesday, October 18, 2017 - 12:40
Despite the image of clean air, green backyards and fresh food often associated with leaving a dense urban core for more spread-out surroundings, new research finds that city dwellers are actually healthier — and happier — than their suburban counterparts. The study, from Oxford University and the University of Honk Kong, looked at the impact of density on more than 400,000 residents in 22... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Wednesday, October 18, 2017 - 12:32
Transportation Electrification When we hear about Transportation Electrification many of us tend to think of trains and railways, but over the last few years the intersection of Smart Transportation and Smart Grid has produced another player in this arena – the Electric Vehicle (EV). The EV does not arrive alone on the scene but comes with associated charging infrastructure that needs to be... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Wednesday, October 18, 2017 - 10:20
Urban planners, governments and developers are increasingly interested in making cities “liveable”. But what features contribute to liveability? Which areas in cities are the least and most liveable? The various liveability rankings – where Australia tends to do quite well – don’t provide much useful guidance. In a recently released report, Creating Liveable Cities in Australia, our team... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Tuesday, October 17, 2017 - 15:03
Cities around the world are spending billions of dollars to address urban pollution. London alone has pledged to spend over $1.1 billion over the next five years. We continue to see cities using a selection of classically used policies, such as vehicle restrictions by license plate numbers, in an attempt to address their pollution. Unfortunately, these policies are always costly and often yield... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Tuesday, October 17, 2017 - 14:59
Big cities aren't necessarily unsafe. In fact, some of the safest cities in the world are urban hubs that boast low crime rates and high levels of safety. The Economist's 2017 safe cities index, sponsored by NEC, ranked 60 cities based on the factors of personal security, digital security, health security, and infrastructure security. Personal security takes into account urban crime, ... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Monday, October 16, 2017 - 12:36
As an urban technologist, I’m often asked to give an example of a compelling smart city application that real people are using. But to be honest, there really isn’t too much to point to - yet. Cities may be getting smarter, but they haven’t noticeably changed from a user perspective. It seems like most of the digital advances in cities have been invisible and focused on city operations, rather... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Monday, October 16, 2017 - 12:00
Electric cars won’t eradicate gridlocks and air pollution, but carbon footprints could be cut by favouring pedestrians, cyclists and mass transit The spectre of our cities choking with unhealthy air has prompted numerous governments to mandate a transition to electric cars. Their concerns are well founded, even if their proposals fall short of what is needed. Over the past four decades, cars have... Read more