12/11/2013 Bettery MagazineSmart Cities – Infrastructure "How intelligent urban surroundings help us to save money and energy"
As part of our quest to find out what makes cities smart, we throw a spotlight on infrastructure: How can information technology and urban planning help to make us more flexible and mobile? At the same time, mobility is just one aspect of a wide spectrum of complex networks that govern life in an urban context. In view of limited resources and changing climate, another factor seems even more pressing: energy consumption and conservation.
11/22/2013 The New York TimesCorporate Incubators Popping Up in Europe
The move is part of an increasing number of so-called corporate incubators — programs offering office space, contacts with prospective clients and often early-stage investment — that are popping up across Europe.
11/13/2013 MetropoliticsThe future of planning?
Rather than looking at the designs that planning promises, anthropologist Simone Abram prefers to consider planning as a performance increasingly used to organise our societies in the present. This could help us understand the conditions that often make planning infelicitous or to the contrary, successful.
10/31/2013 PPS Project for Public SpacesPlaces in the Making: MIT Report Highlights the ‘Virtuous Cycle of Placemaking’
Places in the Making highlights the importance of people in defining place, a critical aspect that is all too often forgotten
10/30/2013 The Atlantic CitiesBritain Is Experimenting With a Glowing, Seemingly Self-Aware Bike Path
The spectral blue glow emitted from this British bike path looks like it should be pulsing off of magic crystals inside some miles-deep cavern. But if it saves a rider from road rash or fractured bones, then more power to the folks who made it: Let's get even more parts of the cycle infrastructure lit up like Marie Curie's lab table.
10/29/2013 ArchDailyRIBA Examines How Over 60s Might Impact Future Cities
According to the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA), the number of people aged over 60 is expected to increase by 40% over the next twenty years, suggesting that “our post-retirement years will be longer and healthier.” There is no doubt, therefore, that people in this age group will have a greater economic, social and political power – but how will this affect our cities?