The Revival of Backyards

Cities have recently become so clogged up with people, buildings or cars that they hardly leave any room for the good old fashioned backyard. However, taking a look at these New York brownstone backyards will remind you of the necessity of having a green relaxing place around your home. Green spaces should prevail in urban …

The architecture of the SMART future

Remment Koolhaas is undoubtedly one of the most famous and respected architects in the world. His creativity is fascinating and his buildings tell a story, a story of how architecture should develop in the future. You might see chaos, challenge and controversial designs, but the well-known Dutch personality argues that his buildings inspire quiet contemplation. …

Germany: Coal vs. Renewables

We cannot talk energy without constantly looking to the world’s leading economies and trying to understand their course of action. In this case, Germany represents Europe’s largest and most performing economy, an economy that has set out to switch to renewable energy in the near future. For the first time, renewable sources of energy overtook …

Urban Talks: Cars vs. People – Is your city ready for the future?

What is the difference between a city that is oriented towards people and one that is built for cars? Is the change worth it? Which one represents the future better and what is the current trend? Plenty of people believe that autonomous vehicles are the wonder that can solve all of mankind’s future urban problems. …

Overview of Urban Talks @ Cluj Innovation Days

The second edition of our Urban Talks took place at the end of May as a part of Cluj Innovation Days 2018. Just like last year’s edition, which took place in Timisoara, the event brought a wide variety of ideas, solutions and projects into the spotlight regarding an intelligent, integrated and sustainable urban development. The …

Education in small communities – Mihai Lupu at Urban Talks

Nowadays, it is remarkably difficult to be stronger than the government or than public authorities, whatever power your initiatives or projects have. However, there is always the possibility of building on existing structures, on already existing communities and organizations. Mihai Lupu has been developing a specific model of this for years now – a platform …

Timișoara 2021 – Simona Neumann at Urban Talks

“Timișoara 2021 – European Capital of Culture” is a remarkably ambitious long term project that started as early as 2011. Using the help and the active engagement of the citizens, the initiative imagined a feasible development for the city during the next decade and even further, attracting numerous partners as well as media coverage and …

Introducing Blockchain – Anton Golub at Urban Talks

The Blockchain technology, Anton Golub co-founder of Lykke argues, is the greatest and most fascinating discovery that we will see during our lifetime. The impact of the Internet is nothing compared to how blockchain will change society, considering the fact that the Internet completely changed the way we exchange information. Blockchain, on the other hand, …

How to be a successful startup founder – Urban Talks with Astrid Schrader

What does it mean to be a start-up founder? Why do so many start-ups fail and how exactly can you avoid failure? Astrid Schrader answered these questions at our first Urban Talks event and helped the audience with advice for surviving the start-up frenzy that has taken over the entire world in recent years. Astrid Schrader …

A global agenda for a world of smart cities

The world has agreed that it has to change, fundamentally, in order to successfully accommodate the urbanization wave that is to come in the next few decades. Urban innovation has to be advanced, along with the integrating capacities of the cities, to achieve the ideal smart city of the future. Future Cities Catapult has just …