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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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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Las Vegas has a reputation, but not necessarily the one it wants to keep. Yet, recently, the city has evolved from being “Sin City” to a modern urban center willing to invest in cutting-edge smart technology to the benefit of visitors and residents. The new Innovation District will seal its new status.

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Africa is celebrated for many things, but not for its tall buildings. This is about to change, however, as changes and trends are driving plans to revolutionize cityscapes from coast to coast. URBAN HUB takes a brief look at the buildings at the top, as well as the changing face of urban Africa.

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Snowfall presents unique challenges to cities. They have to balance conflicting economic, public, commercial and environmental interests as they work to clear snow-choked streets. Urban Hub looks at the issues facing cities, and how some cities are clearing paths for urban snow removal.

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