Overview

URBAN HUB is an interactive platform for people working on the future of cities and mobility.
We collect personal stories about urban landmarks and future ideas for the sustainable development of cities worldwide.

Sustainability

Sustainability

Repurposing historic landmarks

10.10.2018

In our rapidly developing cities, buildings and other structures often outlive their original purpose – but not their usefulness. Through adaptive reuse, old factory buildings can be converted into profitable residential, office or commercial property, and highway bridges can become public spaces.

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Sustainability

University and industry collaboration

18.07.2018

Instead of industries and universities competing, increasingly they work together. Prof. Denkena, IWF at University of Hannover, and Dr. Meier, thyssenkrupp Elevator, discuss cooperation and what needs to change to create and transfer knowledge in an era of rapid developments and new technologies.

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Sustainability

University and corporate collaborations

13.06.2018

The mission of a university may differ from that of a company. In recent years, however, mutual benefits have become apparent to both. Universities offer their knowledge, expertise, and access to students, while businesses offer funding as well as real-world business experience and contacts.

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Sustainability

Monica Miller Brown talks sustainability

05.06.2018

Today we demand clean air, clean water, and clean buildings. And the building industry is making up for lost time – waking up to the need for greater transparency and sustainability in its practices. Monica Miller Brown, a leader in sustainable design, shares her insights and hopes.

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Sustainability

Copenhagen energy efficiency summit

22.05.2018

The Energy Efficiency Global Forum is a top event in the field of sustainability. It brings together high-level people from business, government, and academia for two days of intense dialogue and mobilization. This year, EE Global meets in Copenhagen. The theme: Innovation, Investment, Impact.

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Sustainability

Ensuring the future is green – Environmental sustainable development draws on concepts of little waste, lower consumption and switching to green, environmentally-sustainable resources like solar and wind or materials which can constantly be up-cycled.

Sustainability

Technology

Technology

Robots on the rise

07.11.2019

In recent years, robots have evolved from being stationary high-tech helpers in factories to become mobile connections between people, places, and things. That connection is going to become stronger now that a key obstacle to mobile robotic service has been solved. Robots can now use the elevator.

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Technology

The Elevator Service Hotline

16.10.2019

Have you ever wondered what it’s like to be stuck in an elevator? URBAN HUB has good news for you. It’s not so bad, especially if you’ve got the thyssenkrupp Elevator Service24-Center on the line. A mix of teamwork and cool heads helps passengers feel they are in good hands.

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Technology

Designing better airport arrivals

08.10.2019

You arrive at your destination airport. Maybe it’s your first time there. Maybe you’ve got a business meeting to attend or a connection to make. In any case, you want a smooth arrival process so you can get on with the things you need to do. Luckily, new technologies and designs help you do that.

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Technology

Increasing elevator longevity

25.09.2019

Even elevators need a makeover sometimes. Elevator modification is an excellent option to give aging elevators a functional and aesthetic lift. Of course, it is always possible to replace them, but if they can last a few more decades and look new again – why not keep them around a little longer?

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Technology

MAX and escalators

19.09.2019

Since 2017, MAX-enabled elevators have been proving the value of IoT connectivity and turning predictive maintenance into a reality. Many countries are already benefiting from MAX and others will follow shortly. And the next big surprise is already here: IoT-connectivity for escalators.

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Technology

Using fewer resources for bigger change – What makes the world go around? Innovative technology. And in mobility, building, energy and manufacturing, especially green innovations are changing how people interact with and shape their environment.

Technology

Buildings

Buildings

Most anticipated buildings 2019

24.10.2019

The race is on, not only to build the tallest building in the world or in a particular hemisphere but to capture attention. Cutting-edge design, the best technology, and new concepts compete to turn a project into the next “star” building. URBAN HUB picks ten buildings turning heads in 2019.

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Buildings

Videos show the way

15.08.2019

The huge number of videos and films now available confirms their place as a key medium of knowledge transmission. Videos can often explain something faster and more clearly than mere words, and architects and planners are using them creatively to illustrate the future of buildings and cities.

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Buildings

Striking, inviting concert halls

01.08.2019

Cities thrive on their cultural offerings. Not only do they enhance the quality of life for residents, but they also attract visitors. Making culture accessible to everyone isn’t always easy though. URBAN HUB looks at ten stunning concert halls that truly open the doors of culture to all.

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Buildings

Rotating & adaptive buildings

11.07.2019

What is architecture? Is it unwieldy structures that fight the environment rather than work with it? Buildings don’t have to be static. They can move, adapt to weather conditions, and actively combat climate change. Find out what happens when buildings join the fight against climate change.

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Buildings

Reinventing the sports stadium

04.07.2019

People now have virtual access to more sporting events than ever before. But there will always be something special about seeing a match live, and stadiums are using cutting-edge urban planning, architectural design, and digital technologies to offer more and better value to cities and spectators.

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Buildings

Beacons of urban sustainability – Today’s urban city planning creates future beacons for cities which convey the new messages of sustainability, green choices and living responsibly.

Buildings

Cities

Cities

History of tower running

12.09.2019

An urban sport from its very roots, the stair race was born in Paris in 1903 and has since grown to include competitions held in skyscrapers around the world. How did this simple exercise of running up the stairs become an international competitive sport?

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Cities

Rediscovering port city waterfronts

03.09.2019

Many cities have been rediscovering the beauty of their waterfronts and investing in projects to make them more attractive, useful, and accessible. Port cities have an advantage: they just have more waterfront to redevelop for housing, shops, parks, recreation, tourism, and urban mobility.

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Cities

Smart cities, good choices

29.08.2019

“Smart city” is a trending topic in every discussion of urbanization. Smart technologies have disrupted how we think about managing cities and opened possibilities for new efficiency and services. URBAN HUB looks at how smart technology still needs smart decisions to harness the greatest benefit.

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Cities

Dynamic cities to watch

18.06.2019

The world changes at such a rapid pace, it’s as if the future lives hand-in-hand with the present. Urbanization can fuel this momentum with dynamic cities that forge a new path to how we will live, work, and thrive in our urban centers in the future. URBAN HUB looks at seven top dynamic cities.

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Cities

Hong Kong’s mega projects

19.03.2019

Hong Kong: moving mega projects & non-stop development. Take a stroll through the Pearl of the Orient to discover some of the most incredible infrastructure projects in the world and learn about the city of constant change.

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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.

Cities

Energy Efficiency

Energy Efficiency

Urban microclimates inspire change

04.01.2019

Microclimates are commonly found in nature. In cities, though, they are often seen as an unintended and undesirable consequence of urbanization – heat islands are the best known of these. But a new push in planning is changing how we think about urban microclimates, and what we do with them.

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Energy Efficiency

Climate-proofing coastal cities

01.03.2018

Most of the world’s megacities are located on coasts. Powerful storms put them all at risk of flooding, and extreme weather is only expected to become more common and severe. Meanwhile, sea levels are rising. So what kinds of coastal protection solutions are being tested? URBAN HUB takes a look.

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Energy Efficiency

Heating things up sustainably

11.01.2018

Many colder countries consume more energy for heating than for electrical power, so it should come as no surprise that the ongoing global concern with energy efficiency and environmental sustainability should be driving new trends in keeping people warm. URBAN HUB is hot on the trail…

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Energy Efficiency

Mega projects and the environment

25.10.2017

The mega project sometimes brings to mind construction that leaves behind damage along with the gains. Recent massive infrastructures have learned from past mistakes and now focus on an environmentally-friendly impact through better planning and technology and putting the planet first.

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Energy Efficiency

Policy change saves energy

14.09.2017

How can NGOs effectively lobby for energy efficiency? Through education and outreach or activism? The Alliance to Save Energy (ASE) focuses on policy change and partners with industry thought leaders who provide them with know-how and real-life examples of the benefits of energy efficiency.

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Energy Efficiency

Keeping the energy in and waste out – Energy efficiency combines educating people about consumption with new, improved, and green building construction that reduces an urban center’s environmental footprint.

Energy Efficiency

Smart Mobility

Smart Mobility

Heavy-duty escalator beauties

09.08.2019

In an age that raises the bar on mobility solutions for urban residents with solutions ranging from self-driving taxis to e-scooters, one stalwart continues to keep people moving: the escalator. URBAN HUB looks at ten high-traffic escalators that urbanites rely on to rise to the occasion.

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Smart Mobility

Next level urban mobility

23.07.2019

As the world’s population increasingly settles in metropolises, urban public transportation needs a plan. Many mobility innovators are disrupting how we think about commuting in cities. Successful solutions will thrive on offering choices, many of them networked, electric, and shared.

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Smart Mobility

Futuristic transportation for cities

26.06.2019

Just as standardized containers revolutionized freight transport, a revolution in passenger transportation is coming. Futuristic solutions already in development will define urban mobility in the years ahead, especially if they can all work together to provide a seamless, stress-free user experience.

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Smart Mobility

Unusual urban pathways

05.06.2019

Urban planners and architects can’t afford to take a single square meter of urban space for granted. Not only can buildings and parks innovate and changes urban spaces, but also new ideas for sidewalks and bike paths. URBAN HUB sets out to investigate unusual pathways.

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Smart Mobility

Leadership in work safety

25.04.2019

Safety at work must be ensured. Laws are passed, inspections made, and forms filled out. A Q&A talk with Luis Fernández de Vera, a key figure in workplace safety at thyssenkrupp Elevator, reveals good communication and hands-on action provide the key ingredients for safety.

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Smart Mobility

Keeps people moving to better solutions – People fed up with congested cities, are innovating smart mobility with new mobile technologies and intuitive apps which integrate public transportation, better infrastructure, and car sharing.

Smart Mobility

Urban Lifestyle

Urban Lifestyle

U.S. and urban construction

28.10.2019

Dozens of cities across the U.S. seem to be in a race to build the next headline-grabbing building. Not just taller, but more innovative, striking, and sustainable. As U.S. urban populations boom, so does construction and new urban mobility solutions. URBAN HUB takes a closer look.

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Urban Lifestyle

Pop-ups go mainstream

04.10.2019

What started as a simple idea in the Middle Ages has mutated into everything from neighborhood empowerment, disaster relief, a guerrilla tactic for repurposing urban space, and corporate brand activation. Are pop-ups the panacea for what ails cities, or simply a symptom of shorter attention spans?

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Urban Lifestyle

Reinventing urban libraries

23.05.2019

Public libraries contribute significantly to urban life, offering everything from educational and vocational resources to free recreational and social space for everyone. As times change, urban libraries are reinventing themselves to better meet both the traditional and new needs of urban citizens.

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Urban Lifestyle

Top urban ski spots

24.01.2019

Picking a destination for a holiday or break can feel like a hard choice. In the winter, many people would like to combine some invigorating cold-weather athletics with the thrill of experiencing a new city. Never fear: Many great urban venues also offer easy access to the joys of downhill skiing.

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Urban Lifestyle

The Hanging City

13.12.2018

Kostas Poulopoulos, founder of SquareOne architects (Copenhagen, Denmark), discusses his vision of the Hanging City – interconnected buildings that offer massive horizontal urban realms in the sky, providing new paths to physical and social connectivity among the integrated buildings.

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Urban Lifestyle

An urban lifestyle for the future –  By first recognizing the impact of our city lifestyles, we can pave the path for sustainable economic development and a brighter, greener future.

Urban Lifestyle

Urbanization

Urbanization

Mega city real estate

29.05.2019

Rising real estate prices benefit the economy, yet an unchecked boom also leads to unwanted side effects. For some, rising prices simply translate into profits, others see the pitfalls of an unchecked housing market boom. URBAN HUB takes a look at how cities can find a healthy balance.

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Urbanization

Jess Zimbabwe: urban leadership

29.11.2018

Cities are made up of buildings and the people who use or encounter these buildings. Naturally, private developers want profits, residents want quality of life, and everybody wants a good economy. Government leaders try to balance these needs. Jess Zimbabwe and the Rose Center help them.

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Urbanization

Ben Hammersley: surviving megatrends

20.04.2018

What challenges does the future hold for us, and how can we overcome them? In the second part of the URBAN HUB interview with noted futurist Ben Hammersley, he discusses the testing times awaiting us because of current megatrends, and some strategies for coping and thriving in the world of tomorrow.

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Urbanization

Urban planning from above

05.04.2018

The point of urban planning depends on the era, the decision-makers, geography, technology and many other factors. Just as drawings and maps help us to navigate places or understand things, so too do photographs. Particularly aerial photos help us to see the bigger picture of city planning.

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Urbanization

Megatrends – with Ben Hammersley

26.03.2018

Popular, personable and provocative, futurist Ben Hammersley is in high demand around the world, as businesses and government grapple with the uncertainties of the digital future. In an exclusive interview, URBAN HUB talks with Ben about the megatrends that are already propelling us into the future.

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Urbanization

Our cities, our future – Urbanization, a trend which shows no signs of abating, will remarkably change the way we live, work, and interact in our communities.

Urbanization