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How to finance the requirements of Smart Cities?

Councils need to look for new forms of generating revenue in order to pay for the costly investments that will make their cities smart.

The green transition: buildings that will combat climate change

The use of sustainable buildings and construction techniques is a necessity if we want to curb the pollution generated by cities.

How come cities such as Madrid, Peking or New York have more jobs?

The creation of high quality jobs is directly related to the number of people in a certain area. The higher the density, the more innovation there is.

Paul Duan, co-founder and President of Bayes Impact: “We should trust in the power of the multitude”

Paul Duan, co-founder and CEO of Bayes Impact, talks about his project and the importance of technology in public services and citizen participation.

Smart cities are seeking their own operating system

Cisco developes Kinetic for Cities, an operative system created to manage public services. Some cities are already trying such technology.

This is how emergency systems work in a Smart City

Dispatch centers manage first responders, firefighters and police calls. Digital transformation aim to revolutionise that kind of collaboration.

Success story: the transformation of Singapore into a sustainable garden city

Singapore’s strategy to turn the city-state into a thriving garden has yielded the kind of results that other countries seek to replicate.

These were the urban utopias that preceded us – Infographic

The perfect city has evolved over the centuries from building a large number of temples to reach to the gods to the actual technological paradigm.

Solar cities: an opportunity not to be missed

Fremantle and Lisbon provide excellent examples of the benefits and the challenges of powering a large city with solar energy.

How to go from being a town to a Smart Town

Rural areas are trying to fight off the depopulation wave. The European Union is proposing digital transformation as a solution for smaller towns.

Do we consume more energy per capita, or less?

Energy consumption per capita has been rising since we started measuring it, and it’ll have to be reigned in even in a decarbonised economy

Smart Forest City Cancun: a futuristic orchard in the middle of the Riviera Maya

The creator of the vertical forest concept wants to build a new Cancun that pioneers sustainable development with a ratio of 2.3 trees per citizen.

An administrative building in Dubai, the largest 3D printed structure in the world

With this milestone, Dubai gets closer to its goal of constructing 25% of its buildings with 3D printing, a faster, cleaner and more efficient technique.

The EU establishes rules to identify green investments and combat greenwashing

It doesn’t recognise nuclear energy as green. And with the exception of coal, it doesn’t includes a list of sectors that are damaging to the environment.

Barrio 31 and Delft, two different ways of dealing with informal settlements

Informal settlements are plagued by enormous integration and safety issues. Can we solve them? Argentina and South Africa are looking into innovative solutions.

AI, image recognition and cloud computing: how do smart ports work?

Large commercial ports are cities within cities. And entire economies depend on them running with extreme efficiency.

Digital transformation is already revolutionising public healthcare as provided by regions

Scaling up innovative ideas continues to be a challenge when it comes to digital transformation. Regional governments are the perfect test labs for it.

When rubbish takes over cities: the circular economy as a solution to combat the accumulation of waste

Using the ashes from waste incineration to fabricate building materials is a brilliant example of sustainability, but there are more.

Smart infrastructures, the key to more resilient and efficient cities

Smart infrastructures require huge investments, but they’ll become one of the most important economic drivers in modern cities.

Urban agriculture: how to go from being a hobby to feeding cities

Modern cities can only feed their populations for a few days before starving. Urban agriculture may improve their resilience in times of crisis.

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