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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. Often, the intelligent city concept involves a re-urbanization of cities, encouraging urbanites to focus their time, energy and abilities to the ongoing urban project through a new layer of electronic connectivity. A virtuous circle is thus formed, in which the city empowers its citizens to power its evolution, creating a positive feedback loop. Above all, smart cities are interactive cities.

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Lunar New Year celebrations

The Lunar New Year follows an ancient calendar that combines lunar and solar elements and uses a repeating 60-year cycle based on elements of Asian astrology and philosophy. It is a time to celebrate and to travel. URBAN HUB looks at some spectacular celebrations around the world.

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London builds its future

15.01.2020

London has been on a course of transformation for at least a decade and shows no signs of slowing. Never before in its history has London seen such record-breaking levels of construction. URBAN HUB looks at some of the buildings and projects set to change the look and feel of London.

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Future-ready urban resilience

03.01.2020

The future is urban but is it safe in the long-term? As cities look to bolster their infrastructure against a rising tide of natural disasters, the concept of urban resilience is growing in popularity. URBAN HUB looks at what builds effective urban resilience, protecting lives and quality of life.

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Top New Year’s destinations

09.12.2019

For many, cities are the best places to celebrate New Year’s. But with so many great cities to choose from, which are the best choices for combining an exciting trip with a great New Year’s bash?

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Ancient cities, modern insights

13.11.2019

People have been attracted to cities for hundreds of years: they offer safety, shorter walking distances, and greater social interaction. By looking at ancient cities, we see that they were, in many cases, not that different to what modern urban developers believe cities should be.

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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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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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