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Urban forests: these cities are naturalising their environment

Author | Marcos Martínez In 2003, the city of Seoul rediscovered the Cheonggyecheon River. It had been almost entirely covered in asphalt in 1968, when various sections of an elevated motorway were built over it. The body of water demonstrated its effectiveness in reducing the urban temperature and combating the urban ...

Social score system: A tool to oppress or reward citizens?

Author |David Bravo Some of the goals of smart cities include coordinated emergency management, traffic optimisation or creating infrastructures based on citizens’ needs. In short, for public entities to enhance social harmony through technology. An example of these policies is the social credit score system being implemented by the Chinese government. The ...
Los taxis voladores pueden marcar el futuro de las ciudades.

The taxis of the future will fly

Author | Tania Alonso Flying vehicles could be one of the main solutions for relieving traffic congestion in cities. And they are, therefore, a very important element to bear in mind when designing and planning cities. Numerous aeronautical and automobile companies are testing flying vehicles. Most of these, with the aim of ...
Entrevista a Pablo Soto

Pablo Soto, regional representative of Transparency and Participation in Madrid: “Technology should be used to enhance institutions”

Author | Marcos Martínez The urban government concept has changed in recent decades, and technology has played an important part in terms of connecting citizens with the different city councils. Today, cities around the world are promoting citizen participation and part of their budget is being managed based on policies put ...

Helsinki: opening new frontiers in digital tourism

Author | Patricia Liceras Helsinki is making the most of its new title of European Capital of Smart Tourism, which it was awarded at the end of last year together with Lyon for its innovative approach to tourism, among others. The Finish capital is now focusing all its attention on attracting one ...
Co-living

Co-living or shared houses: A smart solution for cities?

Author | Jaime Ramos The global phenomenon of increased population density requires smart solutions, which only well-designed cities will be able to provide. In addition to this exponential population growth, is the challenge of large concentrations of inhabitants. One of the alternatives that has already emerged to increase the efficiency of ...