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) …

singapore smart city

Why should smart cities invest in IoT?

If cities across the globe today were to universally adopt and deploy smart city strategies, technology and services, what would that mean for citizens? An Intel-sponsored Juniper research has the answer to this query: dividend in terms of time and quality of life to each citizen. Examining a number of cities across the globe in …

The best way to empower the citizens of the future is empowering ourselves

People engagement is such a trendy word. While it is a powerful tool to get people think and reflect on things of great significance, of things that matter to the city, the country and the international community, it is not a run-of-the-mill stuff that one can easily execute. Why is it so hard to engage …

MIT glowing plants

These glowing plants could light up city streets in the future

Imagine that instead of streetlamps during the night, you see glowing trees along the busiest promenade in your city. This imagineering of what the future looks like using technology seems like a scene in sci-fi movie but it is actually getting close to reality. Plant lamps instead of desk lamps, treelights instead of streetlights; and …

Hyperloop transport system

Are maglevs and hyperloops the future of intercity travel?

The “hyperloop effect” or the “maglev effect” seems to have taken a number of countries to the forefront of what could be dubbed as a renaissance of a cutting-edge technology in land transport. The idea of a floating train, surfing over an electromagnetic field, hovering over its tracks, zipping up and down may sound like …