HIGHLIGHT

Cities

Airports as future cities

Big airports now welcome a constant stream of travelers with a dizzying assortment of shops, restaurants, and services – often around the clock. Once simply a means to an end, the airport is coming closer to being a microcosm of a city. Is the airport the new downtown? Urban Hub investigates.

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Sustainability

University and corporate collaborations

The mission of a university may differ from that of a company. In recent years, however, mutual benefits have become apparent to both. Universities offer their knowledge, expertise, and access to students, while businesses offer funding as well as real-world business experience and contacts.

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Sustainability

Monica Miller Brown talks sustainability

Today we demand clean air, clean water, and clean buildings. And the building industry is making up for lost time – waking up to the need for greater transparency and sustainability in its practices. Monica Miller Brown, a leader in sustainable design, shares her insights and hopes.

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Buildings

10 incredible buildings

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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Sustainability

Copenhagen energy efficiency summit

The Energy Efficiency Global Forum is a top event in the field of sustainability. It brings together high-level people from business, government, and academia for two days of intense dialogue and mobilization. This year, EE Global meets in Copenhagen. The theme: Innovation, Investment, Impact.

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Cities

Building earthquake-resistant cities

The most important elements of earthquake-resistant cities are good building rules, placement, materials, design and construction. Cities prone to earthquakes are on the frontlines of deploying new ideas to protect their citizens, as well as retrofitting older buildings with the latest technologies.

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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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Cities

Sidewalk Labs and Toronto

The industry for urban innovation is booming. Smart technologies are catering to cities looking to boost connectivity and sustainability. Tech giant Alphabet now goes one step further and plans to build an entire smart waterfront in Toronto – via it urban innovation company Sidewalk Labs.

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Technology

Predictive elevator maintenance today

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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Sustainability

Monica Miller Brown talks sustainability

Today we demand clean air, clean water, and clean buildings. And the building industry is making up for lost time – waking up to the need for greater transparency and sustainability in its practices. Monica Miller Brown, a leader in sustainable design, shares her insights and hopes.

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Buildings

10 incredible buildings

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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Technology

New era of elevators

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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Sustainability

Copenhagen energy efficiency summit

The Energy Efficiency Global Forum is a top event in the field of sustainability. It brings together high-level people from business, government, and academia for two days of intense dialogue and mobilization. This year, EE Global meets in Copenhagen. The theme: Innovation, Investment, Impact.

Read more...

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

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

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

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

Urban parking makes space

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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Smart Mobility

Autonomous driving technology

One of the hottest topics in technology today is autonomous vehicles and mobility. But it’s not just the automotive sector that is excited. That’s because this disruptive technology now has applications in manufacturing, supply-chain logistics, services, and even maintenance.

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Smart Mobility

Mega projects improving mobility

Whether for work, school, or pleasure, people are always looking for better ways to get somewhere. So it’s no wonder that cities and countries around the world are investing heavily in mass-mobility solutions. URBAN HUB presents some of the highlights in Urban Mega Projects, Part II: Transportation.

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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 ten extraordinary lifts: Elevators to see before you die

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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Urban Lifestyle

Urban university buildings

Universities like Harvard or Oxford are known for academic excellence, but also for the beautiful buildings on their campuses. But they aren’t the only universities with beautiful buildings: universities around the world have been hiring renowned architects with stunning results. Here’s our top 10.

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Urban Lifestyle

Ice skating in the city

Winter brings out red noses and steaming mugs of hot tea but also outdoor sports enthusiasts. If you don’t live near the slopes or cross-country trails, it’s very likely your local city has an ice rink for winter sports lovers. URBAN HUB picks out the 10 most stunning urban spots to skate.

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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

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

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

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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