HIGHLIGHT

Buildings

Small cities / tall buildings

Tall buildings aren’t just for megacities, large cities, or even medium-sized cities. Small cities also like to build skyscrapers. Some do it because of space constraints while others do it simply to show their pride in their small but still very urban environments. Here are ten examples.

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Cities

Hong Kong’s mega projects

19.03.2019

Hong Kong: moving mega projects & non-stop development. Take a stroll through the Pearl of the Orient to discover some of the most incredible infrastructure projects in the world and learn about the city of constant change.

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Cities

NYC redevelops Hudson Yards

13.03.2019

NYC’s Hudson Yards may be the most anticipated urban redevelopment project in the world. It is definitely the most expensive in US history. Combining sustainability, smart mobility and public space with homes and jobs, it shows how cities with fixed boundaries can creatively make room for new growth.

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Cities

Top cities for carnival

06.03.2019

In February, we start yearning for the first day of spring. Many cities, however, don’t take the last days of winter sitting down. URBAN HUB visits some popular Carnival parties and gives some insights on how cities celebrate differently but also handle crowds with technology and mobility solutions.

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Smart Mobility

Industrialization of MULTI

21.02.2019

Uwe Winter is responsible for the industrialization of MULTI – that is, making it into a viable product that will redefine the possibilities of building design. In an interview, he discusses the challenges and opportunities that MULTI faces on the market.

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Cities

Unbeatable urban romantic views

14.02.2019

URBAN HUB has picked out some of its favorite traditional spots for romantic views in the city, but also added a few with a modern twist. No matter what city you’re in, romantic spots are not hard to find. Nestled in nature or modern architecture, lookouts for lovers in the city abound!

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Technology

Smart homes & Smart cities

08.02.2019

Smart homes use technology to make life better for people in their homes. Smart cities use technology to make life better for communities. Is there a connection? There will be. Smart homes are increasingly seen as the next frontier in the continuing evolution of all cities into smart cities.

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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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Technology

Predictive elevator maintenance today

11.11.2014

The machine of the future tells you when it will break down – so it can be serviced well in advance. Communicative elevator monitoring via the cloud puts real-time intelligence in the hands of technicians, making the unpredictable ups and downs of elevator maintenance a thing of the past.

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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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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

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

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

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

Urban microclimates inspire change

04.01.2019

Microclimates are commonly found in nature. In cities, though, they are often seen as an unintended and undesirable consequence of urbanization – heat islands are the best known of these. But a new push in planning is changing how we think about urban microclimates, and what we do with them.

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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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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

Industrialization of MULTI

21.02.2019

Uwe Winter is responsible for the industrialization of MULTI – that is, making it into a viable product that will redefine the possibilities of building design. In an interview, he discusses the challenges and opportunities that MULTI faces on the market.

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Smart Mobility

Cities in the sky

13.11.2018

Massive urban growth has changed the way we move around cities. But it has also created vertical bottlenecks that stand in the way of efficient point-to-point transportation. The solution? We must transform tall “silo” buildings into connected portals – and create new space for cities in the sky.

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Smart Mobility

The benefits of skybridges

22.10.2018

Skybridges between buildings used to be uncommon, close to the ground, or used for specific purposes, such as in cold-winter Minneapolis. But today’s skybridges offer high-level, multi-purpose connectivity. The Skybridges Symposium in Dubai lifts up the exciting potential and benefits of skybridges.

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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

Top urban ski spots

24.01.2019

Picking a destination for a holiday or break can feel like a hard choice. In the winter, many people would like to combine some invigorating cold-weather athletics with the thrill of experiencing a new city. Never fear: Many great urban venues also offer easy access to the joys of downhill skiing.

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Urban Lifestyle

The Hanging City

13.12.2018

Kostas Poulopoulos, founder of SquareOne architects (Copenhagen, Denmark), discusses his vision of the Hanging City – interconnected buildings that offer massive horizontal urban realms in the sky, providing new paths to physical and social connectivity among the integrated buildings.

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Urban Lifestyle

Art helps rebuild Detroit

07.11.2018

The Heidelberg Project in Detroit is one of the most famous urban art projects in the world. Its polka-dotted houses and scavenged, “found object” art works are symbols of the city’s creative fight against urban blight. Today, the project continues to find ways to use art to bring change to the city.

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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

Jess Zimbabwe: urban leadership

29.11.2018

Cities are made up of buildings and the people who use or encounter these buildings. Naturally, private developers want profits, residents want quality of life, and everybody wants a good economy. Government leaders try to balance these needs. Jess Zimbabwe and the Rose Center help them.

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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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