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

Preparing for Globalization 4.0

02.05.2019

Every year, the world’s movers and shakers gather in Davos, Switzerland at the World Economic Forum to discuss what’s been happening in the world – and what’s going to happen. This year, the topic was Globalization 4.0. But what does that mean? One takeaway: Training and education will be key.

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Technology

Smart homes & Smart cities

08.02.2019

Smart homes use technology to make life better for people in their homes. Smart cities use technology to make life better for communities. Is there a connection? There will be. Smart homes are increasingly seen as the next frontier in the continuing evolution of all cities into smart cities.

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Technology

Mariza delivers home solutions

16.01.2019

Mariza Fraser has years of sales experience across many continents. Now, as Senior Sales Manager at thyssenkrupp Home Solutions UK, she brings innovative stair and home lifts into people’s homes. Her team just won a big in-house award. URBAN HUB talks with Mariza about the secret of her success.

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Technology

Deane Simpson: aging populations

18.10.2018

The elderly population in many regions around the world is increasing. How does that impact architecture and urban planning? Professor (and architect) Deane Simpson has been researching this area, especially the impact of the emerging “Young-Old” on the construction of buildings and communities.

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Technology

Urban apps for change

28.08.2018

People are getting more involved in their cities. Once upon a time, they signed petitions, wrote letters, or protested to create change. Nowadays, urban apps and smart cities collaborative platforms are what city-dwellers use to access and impact the urban decision-making process.

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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

Zig-zag architecture

09.05.2019

Do buildings need curves to be cool and modern? Many forward-thinking architects and “starchitects” are playing with straight lines and angles to create truly unique masterpieces. Explore the latest architectural design trends with an eye-catching use of lines and angles.

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Buildings

Urban mobility and buildings

18.04.2019

World Elevator Day gets us thinking about the innovations and good planning that keep us on the move. As urban populations increase, the challenge of keeping an urban flow stress-free, uninterrupted, and safe continues to give rise to new ideas and building designs.

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Buildings

Asia leads with supertalls

11.04.2019

The increase in tall buildings seems unstoppable. And nowhere is this truer than in Asia (including the Middle East). Approximately 2/3 of all buildings in the world over 150 meters are there. Even more astounding: About 80% of the nearly 150 “supertall” skyscrapers (at least 300 m) are in Asia.

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Buildings

Small cities / tall buildings

21.11.2018

Tall buildings aren’t just for megacities, large cities, or even medium-sized cities. Small cities also like to build skyscrapers. Some do it because of space constraints while others do it simply to show their pride in their small but still very urban environments. Here are ten examples.

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Buildings

Foundations of high-density cities

21.09.2018

Many modern cities are built on less than solid ground. Skyscraper engineers have been dealing with this issue since the dawn of the high-rise era. And the higher the building, the stronger the foundation needs to be. URBAN HUB goes underground to take a look at the foundations of modern urban life.

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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

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

NYC redevelops Hudson Yards

13.03.2019

NYC’s Hudson Yards may be the most anticipated urban redevelopment project in the world. It is definitely the most expensive in US history. Combining sustainability, smart mobility and public space with homes and jobs, it shows how cities with fixed boundaries can creatively make room for new growth.

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Cities

Top cities for carnival

06.03.2019

In February, we start yearning for the first day of spring. Many cities, however, don’t take the last days of winter sitting down. URBAN HUB visits some popular Carnival parties and gives some insights on how cities celebrate differently but also handle crowds with technology and mobility solutions.

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Cities

Unbeatable urban romantic views

14.02.2019

URBAN HUB has picked out some of its favorite traditional spots for romantic views in the city, but also added a few with a modern twist. No matter what city you’re in, romantic spots are not hard to find. Nestled in nature or modern architecture, lookouts for lovers in the city abound!

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Cities

Doha meets the challenge

30.01.2019

Fueled by enormous wealth and inspired by a breathtaking vision, Doha may be the most impressive and elegant construction site in the world. Today, Doha plays in the same league as Gulf neighbors Dubai and Abu Dhabi. This will be on spectacular display in 2022 at the soccer world championship.

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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

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

Cruise ships teach cities

02.04.2019

Cruise ships are sometimes called floating cities, but can you really compare the experience of 8,000 passengers and crew to that of heavily populated urban settings? Yes, because they offer a great model for using space wisely and constructing the built environment to meet the needs of people.

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Smart Mobility

Industrialization of MULTI

21.02.2019

Uwe Winter is responsible for the industrialization of MULTI – that is, making it into a viable product that will redefine the possibilities of building design. In an interview, he discusses the challenges and opportunities that MULTI faces on the market.

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Smart Mobility

Cities in the sky

13.11.2018

Massive urban growth has changed the way we move around cities. But it has also created vertical bottlenecks that stand in the way of efficient point-to-point transportation. The solution? We must transform tall “silo” buildings into connected portals – and create new space for cities in the sky.

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Smart Mobility

The benefits of skybridges

22.10.2018

Skybridges between buildings used to be uncommon, close to the ground, or used for specific purposes, such as in cold-winter Minneapolis. But today’s skybridges offer high-level, multi-purpose connectivity. The Skybridges Symposium in Dubai lifts up the exciting potential and benefits of skybridges.

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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

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

Art helps rebuild Detroit

07.11.2018

The Heidelberg Project in Detroit is one of the most famous urban art projects in the world. Its polka-dotted houses and scavenged, “found object” art works are symbols of the city’s creative fight against urban blight. Today, the project continues to find ways to use art to bring change to the city.

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Urban Lifestyle

Water inspires new building

04.10.2018

Go with the flow is not usually a mantra of urban architecture. Yet iconic buildings with a distinctly water-informed design are rising on waterfronts. Residential buildings have long used water for inspiration, but now large-scale structures are harmonizing the man-made with the natural.

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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

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

The green belt debate

11.12.2017

How much nature does a city need, and where? There are many options, ranging from rooftop gardens and wedge parks, to large city parks and ambitious urban growth boundaries (UGB). But it is urban green belts that are now at the heart of controversy in cities like London. Why? URBAN HUB investigates.

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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