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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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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We all know that we live in an age of massive urbanization. But we can gain a new appreciation for this by comparing the global urban map of 1950 with how things will likely look in 2030. Join URBAN HUB in a quick look at the growth of the Urban Age. It truly is the time of our lives.

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What makes urban dwellers happy and content with city life? More disposable income helps, of course, but it may come as a surprise to learn that money is not the most important factor. URBAN HUB looks into the new field of “happy cities”, and asks, “Why are they so happy?”

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