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Video game about gentrification lets you play the role of real estate speculator

City-building simulation Nova Alea provides a "anti-SimCity" view of development.<p>Game designer Paolo Pedercini believes it’s time to rethink the lessons of SimCity. Like many, the Carnegie Mellon associate professor played the smash-hit city simulation, but he felt there was something missing. The …

Energy and information sabotage: The threats facing our smart cities

Our cities are becoming smarter, but our security is not following suit.<p>Smart city development is in full swing, but it appears that city officials …

New technology turns any street lamp into a charging station for your electric car

Ubitricity allows for more flexible and convenient charging<p>German company Ubitricity has developed a convenient way to charge electric vehicles with a minimal amount of fuss. Ubitricity turns existing city street lamps into charging stations by simply installing a socket (called the SimpleSocket). …

Legislation is needed for smart cities, say 90% of US companies

Smart infrastructure, e-government, and smart mobility are top technology priorities for governments, according to a study from ABI Research.<p>In an …

Cities Should Think About Trees As Public Health Infrastructure

Planting trees is an incredibly cheap and simple way to improve the well-being of people in a city. A novel idea: Public health institutions should be financing urban greenery to support well-being and air quality.<p>Think of a tree-lined street in the midst of a busy city. It feels like something of …

The smart city revolution will depend on local leadership

From autonomous vehicles to automated everything, the pace of smart city technology is accelerating, sparking equal parts enthusiasm and anxiety. Industry and government leaders around the world are looking for guidance as they attempt to navigate the unknowns accompanying these shifts. It turns …

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An idiot’s guide to futuristic smart cities under development

Tech titans have caught utopia fever. Here’s a breakdown of who’s doing what<p>Maybe it’s the sudden flurry of flying car proposals or the hype over hyperloop, but it seems like tech companies are finally ready to build the cities of the future we’ve been obsessing about in films for years.<p>Smart city …

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Smart crosswalk reacts to cars and pedestrians in real time

Starling Crossing is a responsive road surface that puts pedestrians first<p>A slew of innovative solutions for roadways has emerged this past year, from solar panel-paved roads to an artificial intelligence-powered program that automatically monitors road conditions.<p>Now another high-tech project can …

Alphabet Is Trying to Reinvent the City, Starting With Toronto

Google has built an online empire by measuring everything. Clicks. GPS coordinates. Visits. Traffic. The company's resource is bits of info on you, …

Plans unveiled to pedestrianise London's Oxford Street in 2018

The western section of London's main shopping street is to be transformed into a pedestrian zone filled with public art, it was announced …

The 21 global cities with the best infrastructure

So which cities have the best infrastructure?<p>The 2017 Quality of Living Survey from human resources consulting firm Mercer, released last week, ranks cities according to — among other things — the quality of their public infrastructure.<p>The ranking is based on public transportation, traffic …

How one European smart city is giving power back to its citizens

After sleepwalking into privatisation of public spaces, city councils are waking up to the need for citizen-led smart cities<p>Our cities are gradually …

These smart cities in Italy put Silicon Valley to shame

The city of the future could help you find parking, detect potholes and keep you healthier. Sicily's showing the world it can be done on a shoestring budget.<p><i>This is part of our Road Trip 2017 summer series "The Smartest Stuff," about how innovators are thinking up new ways to make you — and the</i> …

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Cities aren’t using their key tool for climate action: Urban planning

Cities generate two-thirds of global energy demand and greenhouse-gas emissions, prompting much discussion on the needed role of local authorities in …

Why All Local Governments Must Prepare for Mobility-as-a-Service

The mobility-as-a-service market will grow rapidly, mainly due to the high adoption of online mobility-on-demand services, through 2023, according to …

Whim Unlimited launches to offer passengers limitless public transport

news<p>Posted: 27 November 2017 | Intelligent Transport | 1 comment<p>Mobility-as-a-Service app Whim is making public transit easier by introducing an …

By 2018, Every Bus In This Chinese Megacity Will Be Electric

Shenzhen’s 16,000 buses will be fully replaced by electric buses by the end of the year.<p>Until recently, most of the thousands of buses on roads in the Chinese megacity of Shenzhen ran on diesel. But in 2011, long before many other cities around the world, Shenzhen rolled out its first pilot of …

How Athens Confronted Government Distrust by Connecting Citizens to Each Other

After the Greek city’s financial crisis, disconnected private citizens drove much of the recovery. The SynAthina Platform connected these groups, says Athens Vice Mayor and founder Amalia Zeppo.<p>If you took a walk around parts of inner Athens in the years following the 2007-8 financial crisis, you …

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