Bruce Chen

“Believe in yourself…keep transforming”—Bruce Chen

“When the going gets tough, the tough gets going.” This expression perfectly applies to a situation when a start-up entrepreneur faces a tough dilemma but managed to be even tougher than the situation itself. With perseverance and resilience, a truly determined entrepreneur keeps moving towards his goal, abstracts the lessons learned and work even harder …

3d printed house china

Will future cities be built using 3D printed construction tech?

We live in an incredibly and progressively changing world. The built environment is certainly not an exception. With the rapid progress in technology, it is no longer a surprise that homes can just come out of a computer, printed and downloaded. And presto! The house you have been dreaming for all your life is just …

Mobike start-up

Mobike is set to conquer the world’s cities

“To possess a bicycle is to be able first to look at it, then to touch it. But touching is revealing as insufficient; what is necessary is to be able to get on the bicycle and take a ride,” said French philosopher Jean Paul Sartre. Like wildfire, the idea of bike-sharing service has spread in …

Nokia IoT

How Nokia is empowering the future of smart cities

Nokia joins the increasing list of tech companies (Microsoft, Siemens, Huawei, Cisco, Verizon, etc.) that provide IoT-enabled and data-powered services for smart city management. The networking and digital communications giant based in Finland released the three core elements that comprise the smart city management services and technology, giving the green signal that it is up …

Marion Neubronner

Urban Talks: New thoughts towards innovation

A person is typically flooded with about 50,000 thoughts in a day. Around 80% of these thoughts are negative. With this inner traffic, it is no easy task for anybody to manage them well. Is it any wonder that with this amount of negative thoughts one barely manages not to give up or break down? …

First floating city

Welcome to the waterworld! First ever floating city to rise in French Polynesia

A floating city with its own governance, currency, and semi-autonomous infrastructures and institutions at a first glance sounds eccentric and even crazy for some people. But as Isaac Asimov puts it “yesterday’s science fiction is tomorrow’s science of fact.” Building cities in waters is a mere figment of imagination many years ago. Today, what appeared …

Google's deep learning

Google’s AI doctor gives this hearty news

The use of blood tests and other forms of invasive procedure to predict heart diseases may as well be tossed away as a thing of the past in the field of healthcare. Google is again at the forefront of groundbreaking and innovative research that is predicted to revolutionize medical diagnoses involving cardiovascular diseases. This time …

Wooden skyscraper Tokyo City

World’s tallest wooden skyscraper to rise in Tokyo

An ambitious plan to build the world’s tallest timber skyscraper was unveiled by Japanese builder and developer Sumitomo Forestry Co, one of Japan’s biggest construction conglomerates. Projected to position itself in Central Tokyo at approximately 1,148 feet (around 350 meters), with 70-stories above ground, W350 Project (named after its height) will be Japan’s tallest building …

Air taxi mobility

In pursuit of global urban air mobility

The densely populated and congested gargantuan megapolis of New York, Tokyo, Beijing, Sao Paolo, Jakarta, Manila, etc. during the rush hours give one a premonition of what is closest to a traffic nightmare could be. Increased urbanization makes the city streets a jam of vehicles, a ragtag of movement if you wish, that makes cities …

urban sustainable development

The Urban Sustainability Framework: a comprehensive guide for more livable cities

Making cities smart is one thing. But making them green and sustainable in the future takes them to a higher level. Making cities sustainable makes them even smarter. This is what the World Bank and the Global Environment Facility could have had in mind when they first conceived and launched the Urban Sustainability Framework (USF) …