HIGHLIGHT

Sustainability

Top urban gardening tips

Want to garden in the city, but you don’t have any land? URBAN HUB looks into some of the best ways for urbanites to flex their green thumbs. Window, community or guerrilla gardening? Mix and match to create the option that works best for you.

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Sustainability

Repurposing historic landmarks

10.10.2018

In our rapidly developing cities, buildings and other structures often outlive their original purpose – but not their usefulness. Through adaptive reuse, old factory buildings can be converted into profitable residential, office or commercial property, and highway bridges can become public spaces.

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Urban Lifestyle

Water inspires new building

04.10.2018

Go with the flow is not usually a mantra of urban architecture. Yet iconic buildings with a distinctly water-informed design are rising on waterfronts. Residential buildings have long used water for inspiration, but now large-scale structures are harmonizing the man-made with the natural.

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Cities

The rise of escalators

26.09.2018

At the turn of the 20th century in New York, an incredible invention was unveiled to the public that would change the way we move about the world forever: the escalator. URBAN HUB looks back over escalator history, but also at some new developments in the ubiquitous people-moving technology.

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Buildings

Foundations of high-density cities

21.09.2018

Many modern cities are built on less than solid ground. Skyscraper engineers have been dealing with this issue since the dawn of the high-rise era. And the higher the building, the stronger the foundation needs to be. URBAN HUB goes underground to take a look at the foundations of modern urban life.

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Cities

Tower running takes off

13.09.2018

The thyssenkrupp TOWERRUN promises to be a new high point in tower racing. Tower runs test an athlete’s endurance in unique settings and promise stunning views at the finish line. Whether an amateur or professional racer, as buildings get higher, the sky’s the limit for this new breed of athletes.

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Cities

Redeveloping Asian cities

05.09.2018

Japan-based Mori Building Company helped to design modern Tokyo. And Mori’s ideas of Vertical Garden Cities, city-within-a-city, and urban design have spread to other cities, most famously Shanghai. Hiroo Mori talks about the company’s work and the future of Asian urban development.

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Technology

New era of elevators

27.11.2014

A new era of vertical (and horizontal) transportation will reduce the elevator footprint in buildings while liberating architects to construct more creatively, higher and more user-friendly. Multiple cabins in a single shaft mean passengers would never have to wait more than 15-30 seconds for a lift.

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Cities

Seven cities time forgot

23.08.2018

Some cities may have gotten off the ground, but never really took off. Others have fallen victim to unforeseen circumstances, whether natural or man-made. URBAN HUB takes a look at seven cities that won’t make a “top ten places to live list” any time soon.

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Buildings

10 incredible buildings

30.05.2018

What is it that makes a building stand out nowadays? Should it be incredibly tall, have an original shape, include greenery or is it what’s inside that counts? The following 10 buildings have something special about them that has gained the attention of architects and laypeople from around the world.

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Buildings

Foundations of high-density cities

21.09.2018

Many modern cities are built on less than solid ground. Skyscraper engineers have been dealing with this issue since the dawn of the high-rise era. And the higher the building, the stronger the foundation needs to be. URBAN HUB goes underground to take a look at the foundations of modern urban life.

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Buildings

Five inspiring futuristic buildings

23.11.2017

Futuristic buildings are slowly changing the urban skylines. From unusual silhouettes to sci-fi detail, the creativity found in these ultra-modern structures sparks new interest in our cities. Plus, the innovative designs are often home to sustainability-driven technology.

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Cities

Redeveloping Asian cities

05.09.2018

Japan-based Mori Building Company helped to design modern Tokyo. And Mori’s ideas of Vertical Garden Cities, city-within-a-city, and urban design have spread to other cities, most famously Shanghai. Hiroo Mori talks about the company’s work and the future of Asian urban development.

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Cities

Smart inside and out

In many ways, the smart city concept is simply good urban planning that incorporates both advances in digital technology and new thinking in the age-old city concepts of relationships, community, environmental sustainability, participatory democracy, good governance and transparency. Often, the intelligent city concept involves a re-urbanization of cities, encouraging urbanites to focus their time, energy and abilities to the ongoing urban project through a new layer of electronic connectivity. A virtuous circle is thus formed, in which the city empowers its citizens to power its evolution, creating a positive feedback loop. Above all, smart cities are interactive cities.

Buildings

Beacons of urban sustainability

Why are landmarks so important to cities? They create a sense of identity and symbolize to citizens and visitors a city’s history and values. Skyscrapers frequently celebrate a city’s successful times or new advances in technology. Today’s urban city planning creates future beacons for cities which convey the new messages of sustainability, green choices and living responsibly. From aerodynamically designed glass towers to updating old landmarks with green solutions to designing state-of-the-art transportation halls and tunnels, city development can display all the advances in technology and thinking in landmarks.

Technology

Using fewer resources for bigger change

What makes the world go around? Innovative technology. And in mobility, building, energy and manufacturing, especially green innovations are changing how people interact with and shape their environment. Technology innovations are lighting the path to the future, allowing us to imagine cities where LED can illuminate traffic patterns and wearables direct us to the closest hospital or where city-sponsored bikes share lanes with electric cars. New innovative ideas disrupt old patterns, opening the door to new thinking and energy-saving solutions like “lean manufacturing” or “green-roofing”. It keeps us on the move and in the right direction – to sustainable living.

Sustainability

Ensuring the future is green

The impact humans have made on environment in the last century may be irreversible, but private citizens, governments, science and innovators and even businesses are uniting to turn a negative into a positive impact. Environmental sustainable development draws on concepts of little waste, lower consumption and switching to green, environmentally-sustainable resources like solar and wind or materials which can constantly be up-cycled. Cradle-to-cradle design and thinking are changing the way we consume and how we handle waste, focusing on solutions which only have a positive impact and leave virtually no footprint.

Also Interesting

Keeping the energy in and waste out – Energy efficiency combines educating people about consumption with new, improved, and green building construction that reduces an urban center’s environmental footprint.

Energy Efficiency

Climate-proofing coastal cities

01.03.2018

Most of the world’s megacities are located on coasts. Powerful storms put them all at risk of flooding, and extreme weather is only expected to become more common and severe. Meanwhile, sea levels are rising. So what kinds of coastal protection solutions are being tested? URBAN HUB takes a look.

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Energy Efficiency

Heating things up sustainably

11.01.2018

Many colder countries consume more energy for heating than for electrical power, so it should come as no surprise that the ongoing global concern with energy efficiency and environmental sustainability should be driving new trends in keeping people warm. URBAN HUB is hot on the trail…

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Energy Efficiency

Mega projects and the environment

25.10.2017

The mega project sometimes brings to mind construction that leaves behind damage along with the gains. Recent massive infrastructures have learned from past mistakes and now focus on an environmentally-friendly impact through better planning and technology and putting the planet first.

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Keeps people moving to better solutions – People fed up with congested cities, are innovating smart mobility with new mobile technologies and intuitive apps which integrate public transportation, better infrastructure, and car sharing.

Smart Mobility

Mega events reboot mobility

10.08.2018

Mega events offer cities a unique chance to impose a comprehensive order on their urban mobility systems. City planners can use an upcoming mega event to review their systems, fill in the gaps, implement new solutions, and plan for future needs. This benefits both the event and the post-event city.

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Smart Mobility

Mobility megaprojects in Mumbai

02.07.2018

India is on the move. With a growing population and a growing economy, the country has been implementing a steady stream of ambitious projects covering skills development, energy, industrial corridors, smart cities, digitalization, and mobility, with Mumbai as a prime example.

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Smart Mobility

Urban parking makes space

31.01.2018

Parking in the city isn’t everyone’s favorite topic – but surprisingly it’s trending among architects, urban planners, and builders. Not only is new technology helping people find spots faster, new design and thinking is creating better and more attractive urban parking solutions.

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An urban lifestyle for the future –  By first recognizing the impact of our city lifestyles, we can pave the path for sustainable economic development and a brighter, greener future.

Urban Lifestyle

Water inspires new building

04.10.2018

Go with the flow is not usually a mantra of urban architecture. Yet iconic buildings with a distinctly water-informed design are rising on waterfronts. Residential buildings have long used water for inspiration, but now large-scale structures are harmonizing the man-made with the natural.

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Urban Lifestyle

Elevators symbolize modern cities

16.08.2018

When we marvel at modern cities, we often forget the single most important innovation that made them possible: the elevator. Let’s follow the elevator on its remarkable journey, from its birth to its unique status today as the unsung shaper and enabler of our cities, our world, and our future.

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Urban Lifestyle

Top ten extraordinary lifts: Elevators to see before you die

09.03.2018

Urban Hub tours 10 amazing elevators from around the world. Elevators that impress with a beautiful interior, that overcome architectural challenges and even elevators that do not hide in a shaft and feature beautiful design that can be appreciated from the outside.

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Our cities, our future – Urbanization, a trend which shows no signs of abating, will remarkably change the way we live, work, and interact in our communities.

Urbanization

Ben Hammersley: surviving megatrends

20.04.2018

What challenges does the future hold for us, and how can we overcome them? In the second part of the URBAN HUB interview with noted futurist Ben Hammersley, he discusses the testing times awaiting us because of current megatrends, and some strategies for coping and thriving in the world of tomorrow.

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Urbanization

Urban planning from above

05.04.2018

The point of urban planning depends on the era, the decision-makers, geography, technology and many other factors. Just as drawings and maps help us to navigate places or understand things, so too do photographs. Particularly aerial photos help us to see the bigger picture of city planning.

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Urbanization

Megatrends – with Ben Hammersley

26.03.2018

Popular, personable and provocative, futurist Ben Hammersley is in high demand around the world, as businesses and government grapple with the uncertainties of the digital future. In an exclusive interview, URBAN HUB talks with Ben about the megatrends that are already propelling us into the future.

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