Urban Environment


To improve our urban environment, we need to beat pollution, find alternative and renewable sources of energy and create a new city planning, to improve the means of transport, buildings and road safety.

BRASILIA

Brasilia, the smart city of the past

Author | Eduardo Bravo “You may or may not like the city, but you can never say you have ever seen anything like it before.” This is how Oscar Niemeyer, the creator together with the urban planner, Lúcio Costa, defined Brasilia. Located on the region called the Central Planalto in Brazil, on ...

A digital zebra crossing could be the future of our roads

Author | Patricia Liceras When we refer to new technologies applied to roads, we tend to refer to autonomous and connected vehicles or traffic lights, but, what about pedestrian crossings? These key elements on our road systems were first introduced in the United Kingdom in the 1940s and they have remained ...
smart grid

How data is helping in the energy transition

Author | Esther Fuldauer The only way to slow climate change will be by changing our energy system. But there are many financial, social and technical hurdles which must first be overcome when transitioning from using energy from fossil fuels to clean renewable sources. In the path of energy transition, being overly ...

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 ...