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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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The rise of escalators

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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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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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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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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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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11 Russian soccer cities

10.07.2018

From June to July 2018, the best national soccer teams from around the world are all in Russia. But what are the cities hosting the games like? Urban Hub takes a tour of the 11 Russian host cities.

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Building earthquake-resistant cities

09.05.2018

The most important elements of earthquake-resistant cities are good building rules, placement, materials, design and construction. Cities prone to earthquakes are on the frontlines of deploying new ideas to protect their citizens, as well as retrofitting older buildings with the latest technologies.

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