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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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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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Indian smart city Pune

Already known as a university and IT hub, Pune is no stranger to adapting innovations to stimulate growth and prosperity. Now Pune’s smart city concept – with input from experts and residents – fully brings it into the digital age. New IoT solutions are already creating a better quality of life.

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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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Built-in sustainability

The demolition of a building results in a large quantity of waste that is often incinerated or dumped in a landfill. Couldn’t those resources be put to better use? Many architects are now designing buildings that can be easily adapted to suit new purposes or broken down into re-usable parts.

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Barcelona – Smart City 3.0

Barcelona is pioneering the idea of Smart City 3.0 – a new, more holistic approach that aims to streamline the integration of technology with government policies and better integrate that with citizen participation. URBAN HUB revisits Smart City Barcelona.

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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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Antony Wood on our urban future

Just about a week before the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat (CTBUH) 2017 International Conference in Sydney, URBAN HUB interviewed Antony Wood, CTBUH Executive Director. He discussed the conference, the future of architecture, urban connectivity, and relevant trends.

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