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.

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Start with water – fast-moving water – and lots of it. Add light – lasers, LED, projectors, and even fire. Mix in music, recorded or live, and make it loud. The result is pure aquatic magic! URBAN HUB looks at some of the best urban water & light shows on the planet.

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Many people are familiar with fabulous city beaches around the globe from Tel Aviv to Rio de Janeiro. Now other urban municipalities are re-examining their waterfronts and finding ways to offer their own brand of urban swimming – from pools submerged in the river to seaside swimming just blocks away.

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Cities are where ingenuity and active life come together in both inspirational and practical ways. URBAN HUB looks at some trends and developments, from creating fitness facilities in unique venues to using the ‘hardware’ of city life as basic tools for a good workout.

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Subterranean tunnels are vital to the infrastructure and economy of many cities. They provide connections for freight and commuters, and link cities with the wider world. URBAN HUB considers the why and how of tunnels, and takes a look at some fascinating examples around the world.

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