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 future’s nearer than you think: we already have all the technology needed to construct residential and commercial buildings that generate at least as much energy as they consume – or more! URBAN HUB looks into “net-zero energy”, and visits several projects using this intriguing new concept.

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As urban populations grow, so do the number of mobility-impaired city dwellers – such as the elderly. URBAN HUB takes a look at how the urban infrastructure can be improved for greater mobility, including how technology is making in-home stair-lift installation less stressful for elderly urbanites.

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The digitalization of workplaces is inevitable, but how it is managed will be critical to its success. In the final installment of a three-part series, URBAN HUB looks at what countries, companies, workers and others can do to ensure that the future of work is a desirable one.

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The growing availability of new technologies and tools is changing jobs in urban construction, architecture, planning & urban services. Part 2 in this 3-part URBAN HUB series continues to examine the evolution of the urban workplace through digitalization.

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