Steffan Skoubo Elcer

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9 Ideas Shaping The Future Of Design, According To Ideo, Microsoft, Autodesk, MIT, And More

“Our profession is in between ‘utopia and oblivion.’ It will be oblivion if we continue focusing on minor aesthetic problems.”<p>The world is changing faster than ever–socially, technologically, environmentally, politically, and economically. In the midst of these shifts, designers have the crucial …

Massive Passenger Increase After Bikes Allowed Free on Trains

So what exactly happens when you're a major train operator and you suddenly make it free for passengers to take bikes on your trains? We know that …

How Sweden Has Redesigned Streets To Route Around Bad Human Behavior

Vision Zero was created in Sweden–and you see can how its implementation has changed the way cities there work.<p>If a car almost hits a pedestrian when the car is turning right on a red, whose fault is it? According to Matts-Åke Belin, Sweden’s traffic safety strategist, the blame is on whoever …

Sweden

i-BLADES Wins 2016 MEMS IoT Technology Showcase

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Smart Cities May Turn Competition Into Collaboration

As more smart cities emerge, embracing technology and learning from the insights that big data offers, we will likely see a new business strategy emerge–geo-collaboration. When we think of cities now, we typically envision businesses, systems, and people operating among one another with almost no …

Innovation

Walkable cities are healthier cities, new study affirms

Urban design has a real impact on physical activity levels<p>Implicit in the work of all architects and urban designers is the idea that good design can improve human life. And now, a massive global study spanning 14 cities and 10 countries has put that idea to the test and found it true: a …

It starts with a single app

AMONG Helsinki’s contributions to innovation in transport is a tram kitted out as a fully functioning pub, which trundles through its centre in the …

Why planting more trees is one of the smartest things a city can do

Trees can make a city sidewalk prettier, sure. But that’s not even their best trick. A growing pile of research suggests that planting more urban trees, if done right, could save tens of thousands of lives around the world each year — by soaking up pollution and cooling down deadly heat waves.<p>In …

Array of Things: A Fitbit for the City

Apple Maps adds more transit and parking data ahead of iOS 10 redesign

Let’s be honest — Apple Maps had a rough start. Four years later, the company is still working hard on improving its location app with more data and features. Many people still prefer Google Maps over Apple Maps, but it’s clear that Apple is in this game for the long haul.<p>Last week, Parkopedia …

41 amazing public space transformations captured by Google Street View

Cities are built for humans.<p>But if you look at the layout of most of them, it looks like they're made for cars.<p>Especially in the world's most populated places. In São Paulo, Brazil — which boasts over 10 million residents — a third of the people travel by car, another third takes public transit, …

Urbanism

Combining Density With Open Green Spaces Is The Key To The Urban Future

What can we learn from cities around the world about how to pack people into small spaces while still keeping quality of life high?<p>One of the biggest problems confronting today’s cities–and underlying arguments about transport, house prices, schools, and hospitals–is their sheer size.<p>This story is …

Behold, The 25 Best Public Spaces In Europe

Close your laptop and get outside.<p>The Centre de Cultura Contemporània de Barcelona (CCCB) has announced the finalists for the 2016 European Prize for Urban Public Space. An international jury of architects, critics, and directors of museums and institutions from across the continent selected 25 …

Streets as Places: How Transportation Can Create a Sense of Community

<i>“The street is the river of life of the city, the place where we come together, the pathway to the center.”</i><p><i>–William H. Whyte</i><p>While streets were once a …

Good urban design is actually a sharing economy

by Robert Bevan<p>Lines are on trend. There’s New York’s High Line that created a linear garden above the streets of Manhattan, soon to be joined by the …

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Pop-up village in south-east London to house homeless families

Place/Ladywell temporary homes project is Lewisham council’s solution to housing people in B&Bs<p>A council in south-east London has created what it describes as “the UK’s first pop-up village” to house families who are forced to live in B&Bs in other parts of the capital.<p>Rapidly rising property …

Housing

Design Thinking

Thomas Edison created the electric lightbulb and then wrapped an entire industry around it. The lightbulb is most often thought of as his signature invention, but Edison understood that the bulb was little more than a parlor trick without a system of electric power generation and transmission to …

MIT’s Not-So-Crazy Plan To Get Rid Of Stoplights

The intersection of the future has no stoplight—just a very, very intelligent algorithm.<p>The first stoplight was a complete disaster.<p>Installed in London in 1868, the gas-powered traffic signal exploded, killing the policeman who was responsible for operating it. In the 150 years since, the stoplight …

Cambridge Is Working on an Inclusive City Road Map

When a city is drafting a new master plan, putting up some posters suggesting citizens come to a public meeting just isn’t enough. Relying on the …

In This Danish City, 5-Year-Olds Bike To School On Their Own

You probably wouldn’t even let a 5-year-old walk to school. In Odense, Denmark, they do things a little differently.<p>When kindergartners start school in Odense, Denmark, they’re more likely to show up on a bike than to be dropped off in a car. At some schools, cars aren’t even welcome, as one …

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The Smart Bus Stop

Thanks to the various gadgets and facilities currently available, folks with disabilities can move around very independently. To further enhance …

Boston Is Setting Up 'Smart Benches' In Parks Across The City

Solar-powered benches, called Soofas, will pop up in Boston parks over the next week, the Boston Globe reports. In addition to offering you a place to sit, the benches will feature plugs to charge your smartphone, and will also wirelessly connect to the internet to provide location-based …

MIT Media Lab

Of Course Copenhagen Is Giving Bicycles Traffic-Light Priority

New intelligent signals will reduce travel time for cyclists by 10 percent.<p>The best urban cycling system in the world is about to get a little better.<p>Long home to a highly advanced bike network, Copenhagen will reportedly replace 380 traffic signals with intelligent lights that will prioritize the …

Can cities kick ads? Inside the global movement to ban urban billboards

First it was São Paulo, then Chennai. Then Grenoble, Tehran, Paris and now even New York have spawned movements to replace or ban outdoor advertising. Are we entering the age of ad-free cities – or is this just an eye-catching distraction?<p>Tokyo without ads: Japan’s capital stripped bare – in …

Vote For The Best Urban Ideas Of 2016

smart urban pioneers is a competition for innovative ideas that bring benefits to people living in cities worldwide. Now you have the power to decide …

Sustainability

Copenhagen is Driving Growth While Going Carbon Neutral

Cities take the lead on implementation of the Paris climate accord.<p>One of Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia's last acts was to halt the EPA's Clean Power Plan, at least temporarily threatening the United States' ability to carry out promises made in Paris on curbing climate change. But that …

Copenhagen

Smart car algorithm sees pedestrians as well as you can

It's one thing for computers to spot people in relatively tame academic situations, but it's another when they're on the road -- you need your car to spot that jaywalker in time to avoid a collision. Thankfully, UC San Diego researchers have made that more realistic than ever. They've crafted a …