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

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

Brazil’s Internet of Things

11.04.2018

Brazil has launched an ambitious strategy “The Internet of Things: an action plan for Brazil” that has unleashed a new wave of local innovators and projects and encouraged tech companies to set up shop in Brazil. The country is now poised to make its mark in the world of the Internet of Things.

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Technology

Getting ahead with digitalization

09.04.2018

Many companies and end consumers feel that digitalization is something they have to “adapt” to, but this is a very feeble response. Particularly for businesses. When paired with urbanization, digitalization is a unique opportunity to innovate and create new solutions for a better tomorrow.

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Technology

Drone delivery takes flight

17.01.2018

Drone delivery. The idea has been buzzing around – particularly fueled by the race by retailers to be the first. So how soon will delivery drones take to the skies? Urban Hub looks at the hurdles that remain and the prospects for smooth sailing for drone deliveries in the future

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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

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

Mixed-use buildings

20.06.2018

Mixing uses is the way to go. As urban populations grow, buildings need to be more than a one-stop shop. To ensure the optimal use of resources and space, mixed-use development can house everything from residential to cultural needs while supporting the growth of a diverse neighborhood.

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Buildings

10 incredible buildings

30.05.2018

What is it that makes a building stand out nowadays? Should it be incredibly tall, have an original shape, include greenery or is it what’s inside that counts? The following 10 buildings have something special about them that has gained the attention of architects and laypeople from around the world.

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Buildings

Ice architecture – cool examples

21.12.2017

Ice is everywhere—on the roads, in our drinks, but what about in your bed? Inuit people have been building their houses with blocks of ice and snow for centuries, but what about modern builders’ coolest creations? Check out the hottest trends in icy architecture from around the world!

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Buildings

Five inspiring futuristic buildings

23.11.2017

Futuristic buildings are slowly changing the urban skylines. From unusual silhouettes to sci-fi detail, the creativity found in these ultra-modern structures sparks new interest in our cities. Plus, the innovative designs are often home to sustainability-driven technology.

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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

The rise of escalators

26.09.2018

At the turn of the 20th century in New York, an incredible invention was unveiled to the public that would change the way we move about the world forever: the escalator. URBAN HUB looks back over escalator history, but also at some new developments in the ubiquitous people-moving technology.

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Cities

Tower running takes off

13.09.2018

The thyssenkrupp TOWERRUN promises to be a new high point in tower racing. Tower runs test an athlete’s endurance in unique settings and promise stunning views at the finish line. Whether an amateur or professional racer, as buildings get higher, the sky’s the limit for this new breed of athletes.

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Cities

Redeveloping Asian cities

05.09.2018

Japan-based Mori Building Company helped to design modern Tokyo. And Mori’s ideas of Vertical Garden Cities, city-within-a-city, and urban design have spread to other cities, most famously Shanghai. Hiroo Mori talks about the company’s work and the future of Asian urban development.

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Cities

Seven cities time forgot

23.08.2018

Some cities may have gotten off the ground, but never really took off. Others have fallen victim to unforeseen circumstances, whether natural or man-made. URBAN HUB takes a look at seven cities that won’t make a “top ten places to live list” any time soon.

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Cities

Atlanta goes smart

27.07.2018

Dubbed “Hotlanta” for its vibrant social scene, Atlanta (Georgia, USA) boasts a number of “hot” smart city initiatives that deserve a closer look. This global transportation hub is striving for a sustainable future in the areas of transportation, air and water quality, and public safety.

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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

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

Zero energy, countless benefits

08.05.2017

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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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

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

Mega events reboot mobility

10.08.2018

Mega events offer cities a unique chance to impose a comprehensive order on their urban mobility systems. City planners can use an upcoming mega event to review their systems, fill in the gaps, implement new solutions, and plan for future needs. This benefits both the event and the post-event city.

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Smart Mobility

Mobility megaprojects in Mumbai

02.07.2018

India is on the move. With a growing population and a growing economy, the country has been implementing a steady stream of ambitious projects covering skills development, energy, industrial corridors, smart cities, digitalization, and mobility, with Mumbai as a prime example.

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Smart Mobility

Urban parking makes space

31.01.2018

Parking in the city isn’t everyone’s favorite topic – but surprisingly it’s trending among architects, urban planners, and builders. Not only is new technology helping people find spots faster, new design and thinking is creating better and more attractive urban parking solutions.

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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

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

Elevators symbolize modern cities

16.08.2018

When we marvel at modern cities, we often forget the single most important innovation that made them possible: the elevator. Let’s follow the elevator on its remarkable journey, from its birth to its unique status today as the unsung shaper and enabler of our cities, our world, and our future.

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Urban Lifestyle

Top ten extraordinary lifts: Elevators to see before you die

09.03.2018

Urban Hub tours 10 amazing elevators from around the world. Elevators that impress with a beautiful interior, that overcome architectural challenges and even elevators that do not hide in a shaft and feature beautiful design that can be appreciated from the outside.

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Urban Lifestyle

Urban university buildings

07.02.2018

Universities like Harvard or Oxford are known for academic excellence, but also for the beautiful buildings on their campuses. But they aren’t the only universities with beautiful buildings: universities around the world have been hiring renowned architects with stunning results. Here’s our top 10.

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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

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

Rising mega urban development

22.09.2017

The urban development mega project takes many forms, but lately “the bigger the better” has become modus operandi. This third in a series of articles on mega projects takes a closer look at big-sized urban construction and the inspiring ideas and solutions that arise from them as well as one or two pitfalls.

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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