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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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Cities

Smart cities, Christmas markets

04.12.2018

Christmas markets aren’t just for quaint villages and medieval downtowns; they can also add warmth to the most stunningly modern smart cities. So combine the new with the traditional this winter season! URBAN HUB recommends its ten picks for Christmas markets in smart cities!

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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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Buildings

Small cities / tall buildings

21.11.2018

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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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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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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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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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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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

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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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

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

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.

Read more...
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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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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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

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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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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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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