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LA and the World Economic Forum present blueprint for global UAM adoption

October 5th, 2020 at 12:29 pm » Comments Off

Clean, safe and inclusive urban air mobility closer to becoming a reality with new partnership The City of Los Angeles and the World Economic Forum have released a pioneering report that presents a roadmap for Urban Air Mobility (UAM). Principles of the Urban Sky advocates a principles-based policy-making framework for the rollout of UAM that […]

NYC’s newest proposed building would be the city’s tallest – and will act as a carbon emissions filter

September 30th, 2020 at 9:23 pm » Comments Off

  The 2,400-foot-tall building would change New York’s skyline forever. Paris-based studio Rescubika just released a proposal for a new building in New York City that would both make a mark architecturally and environmentally. The 2,400-foot-tall tower would actually trap carbon emissions, reducing the carbon in the atmosphere.

What Coronavirus mean for the future of self-driving cars

September 13th, 2020 at 1:20 pm » Comments Off

It’s 2025 and driverless cars still aren’t zooming around everywhere. Where are the chilled out passengers on their phones, or napping, as an invisible “driver” navigates a crowded intersection?  They’re still mostly stuck in the backseat as a human driver shuttles them around. They’re likely in a highly automated and autonomous-capable vehicle, but a human […]

Unused rooftop space transformed into stunning sustainable farm

August 24th, 2020 at 11:28 am » Comments Off

  The Thammasat University Rooftop Farm measures roughly 236,800 sq ft (22,000 sq m), making it the largest organic rooftop farm in Asia The Thammasat University Rooftop Farm (or TURF), by Landprocess, puts an abandoned rooftop area belonging to Thammasat University’s Rangsit Campus to fine use as an organic farm. The project incorporates solar power […]

Why wireless vehicle charging makes sense for smart cities

August 20th, 2020 at 10:01 am » Comments Off

Image of proposed wireless charging stations Investments we make today in urban EV infrastructure must take into account future requirements for ride sharing, transit and utilities   As the world’s population grows increasingly urban — it’s expected that by 2050, 70 per cent of individuals will live in urban areas — it’s critical for these […]

Smart cities: The future of urban infrastructure

July 28th, 2020 at 8:31 am » Comments Off

Songdo in South Korea has been designed with sensors to monitor everything from temperature to energy use to traffic flow. By Timothy Carter Technology is changing everyday city life, allowing us to instantly adapt to everything from storm threats to traffic jams. Infrastructure is not exactly the sexiest word in architecture. There are no “starchitects” proudly […]

Six experts on how we’ll live, work, and play in cities after COVID-19

July 13th, 2020 at 4:57 pm » Comments Off

Architects and urban planners from Gensler, Harvard, and Bloomberg Associates explain the changes coming to our shared spaces. For Fast Company’s Shape of Tomorrow series, we’re asking business leaders to share their inside perspective on how the COVID-19 era is transforming their industries. Here’s what’s been lost—and what could be gained—in the new world order. […]

How an Exodus from cities will reshape retail

June 22nd, 2020 at 11:17 am » Comments Off

The work-from-anywhere revolution will accelerate the coming of a post-digital age for shopping, argues Doug Stephens of Retail Prophet. Throughout history, cities have played a central role in the evolution of retail. From the grand bazaars of ancient times to the opulent department stores of the 1800s to the venture-backed start-ups of the 2000s, cities […]

5 bold urban design projects that made cities more fun, clean, and accessible in 2019

January 3rd, 2020 at 11:03 am » Comments Off

Cities can get rid of cars—and build urban ski slopes. You may think the only changes to cities have been negative ones, and yes, urban areas have certainly seen increased traffic and heightened housing problems, but plenty of places have also debuted new features that aim to make a positive impact. Whether adapting to climate […]

Cities declare war on cars as more auto bans stop traffic

November 11th, 2019 at 3:46 pm » Comments Off

New York City fired the latest salvo in the war against automobiles Wednesday.  The City Council passed a $1.7 billion plan that will fundamentally change how the citizens of the Big Apple bike, bus, and walk through Manhattan, Queen, Brooklyn, the Bronx and Staten Island. The five boroughs in the next five years will see […]

Envisioning and designing a floating future

October 13th, 2019 at 12:53 pm » Comments Off

  A prototype deployed in San Francisco Bay may signal what’s to come: floating buildings, or whole communities, built to withstand sea-level rise. ON AN August day that is brutally hot by San Francisco’s foggy standards, Margaret Ikeda and Evan Jones, architecture faculty at the California College of the Arts (CCA), are on one of […]

Digital twins could form the “end game” for optimum smart city design

September 19th, 2019 at 11:40 am » Comments Off

Digital twinning technology can transform how cities are designed, monitored and managed Research finds that urban digital twinning and city modelling technology is having a transformative effect on how cities are designed, monitored, and managed. Urban modelling and digital twins, in particular, will form the “end game” of the smart cities journey to optimised design […]

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