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.

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 ...
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 ...
Los sistemas inteligentes de recogida de residuos urbanos se presentan como una solución para mejorar la gestión de las ciudades.

From nocturnal trucks to AI: how urban waste management is changing

Author | Tania Alonso The world’s cities generate over 2 billion tonnes of solid waste each year. And, with rapid urban development, growing populations and economic expansion, this figure is set to rise to 3.4 billion over the next 30 years. The most densely populated cities are those facing the most difficult ...

Recovering energy from traffic: positive energy roads

Author | Tania Alonso There are over 1.2 billion registered vehicles worldwide. In the US alone, the road network exceeds six million kilometres in total length. And it is also estimated that, on average, roads worldwide are occupied by vehicles 10% of the time. Positive energy roads try to convert the magnitude ...

Smart City holidays: What will tourism be like in the future?

Author | Jaime Ramos The way we understand tourism will change as cities gradually migrate to smart management models. The tourism concept in a Smart City benefits from many of the characteristics that define smart cities. Smart Cities will also become points that will offer the world’s most enhanced tourist travel ...