Ideas

Smart ideas for smarter cities

Is it any wonder that there are a lot of smart ideas for smart cities? That may be because a smart city is – by definition – an ideas city: a city built upon past or current ideas, as well as upon openness to future ideas: to future city ideas. Smart city ideas are often participatory: urban connectivity schemes like a better biking infrastructure or multi-directional elevators. And ideas for making the smart city smarter immediately become part of the public domain, texted to friends, discussed on social media, flash-mobbed by supporters, and analyzed at the neighborhood rooftop garden.

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The bikes have it. On the road, in the bike lane, making a delivery or bringing the kids to school. Urban residents have embraced cycling, changing the way we get around. And bike design gives thanks to this new found devotion with an adaptive and modern line that addresses urban bikers’ needs.

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The number of people aged 60+ will double from 600 million to 1.2 billion by 2025. With the majority of the global population already living in cities, urban centers’ senior-friendliness should be considered a key component of livable cities. URBAN HUB looks into senior-friendliness in cities.

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Can a one-room apartment have a living room, dining room, bedroom and an office? Yes, it can. Flexibility is the new trend for residential, commercial and retail spaces in cities. Take a peek with URBAN HUB.

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The Bentway is an urban beautification project in Toronto that will revitalize an unutilized and desolate area under the Gardiner Expressway, creating a vibrant community space – all thanks to a generous 25m CA$ donation. URBAN HUB looks into “urban philanthropy” as a potentially growing trend.

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