Cities & built environment

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These Streetlights Kill Mosquitoes, Charge Phones, And Send Disaster Warnings

Powered by wind and solar power, these lights represent the future of urban infrastructure—where the building blocks of the city are smart and helpful.<p>If the streetlights on your block don’t do anything other than brighten dark corners, that will probably soon change. New lights in Copenhagen point …

Construction

One in four London homes set to cost more than £1m

Nearly a quarter of all homes in London are set to exceed £1m in value by 2030, making the capital so unaffordable that inheritance will provide the …

Budgeting

Singapore Just Launched a Plan to Fill the City With 3D-Printed Homes

The future is 3D-printed.<p>Authorities in Singapore have announced plans to provide residents with 3D-printed houses, and are now conducting a …

3D Printing

Can Cities Innovate?

“Innovate or stagnate”, that’s how Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Ruler of Dubai and Vice President and Prime Minister of the United Arab …

Cities

Floating cities could be a reality by 2020

Floating cities could be the future of living.<p>The Seasteading Institute made waves in 2008 (sorry, not sorry) when notable VC Peter Thiel decided to co-found the project. The floating cities are meant to serve as politically autonomous experiments with their own economies.<p>The project still seems …

Cities
Constitutional Law

Smart Cities Could Waste $341 Billion by 2025 on Non-Standardized IoT Deployments

Machina Research analysis shows that using non-standardized versus standards-based solutions for IoT will increase the cost of deployment, hinder …

Internet of Things

Global Study Points to Needed Construction Productivity Boosts

"Meager" advances could be improved with more digital collaboration and an end to corruption, says new World Economic Forum report.

Construction

The Future of Home Surveillance Looks a Lot Like a Drone

Believe it or not, the earliest home surveillance systems were comprised of a group of men that were hired to shake people’s doors each night and …

UK urgently needs 1.8 million new rental homes by 2025

Some 1.8 million new rental homes are needed urgently in the UK where the housing market is experiencing a sharp drop in the number of available …

Report: US at risk of $1.44T infrastructure funding shortfall by 2025

<b>Dive Brief:</b><p>The American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) reported Tuesday that the U.S. will sacrifice 2.5 million jobs and $4 trillion in gross …

GDP

Dubai Seeks to 3D Print 25 Percent of Its Buildings by 2030

The United States launched its pilot institute for 3D printing, America Makes, in 2012, following up with several more in the proceeding years. The …

3D Printing

What Should Our Cities Look Like in 2030? | The Amplifier - Georgia Tech Experts on Current Issues

Two-thirds of the world’s population will be living in cities by 2030, according to a new report from the United Nations. These fast-growing cities …

Cities

In 100 Years, $77 Billion Worth Of San Francisco Property Could Be Underwater

Rethinking a city for new coastlines that don't exist yet<p>By the end of the century, some of San Francisco's million-dollar apartments and multimillion dollar houses will be underwater. A recent report calculated that property worth a total of $77 billion is at risk from rising seas in the city.<p>"We …

Urban Planning

Automating construction

Earlier this year the Dubai Future Foundation unveiled its new office building, something of an anomaly among the steel- and glass-skyscrapers that …

Construction

Examining the Role of 3D Printed Buildings in Revolutionizing Our Planet

There is no doubt about the fact that 3D printed buildings are the future of the construction world. This belief was further reinforced by the CEO of …

The cities of the future could be built by microbes

You might be disappointed to hear that some intriguing underwater structures recently discovered off the Greek island of Zakynthos are not part of …

Biology

How smart will our cities be in 2025?

It wasn’t long ago that the idea of a smart city was science fiction. The idea that a massive proliferation of devices could imbed intelligence into …

The Future Of Neighborhoods: Five Projects That Show How We'll Live

Residential life could soon be changing.<p>1. We'll Generate Our Own Resources<p><b>An ambitious experiment in the Netherlands could be a model for life off the grid.</b><p>When a new housing development called ReGen Village opens as early as next year on the outskirts of Amsterdam, residents won’t have to rely on …

Housing

50% of citizens in large cities will share personal data with smart city programs by 2019: Gartner

Half of citizens in million-people cities will benefit from smart city programs by voluntarily sharing their personal data by 2019, according to new …

Cities