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 …

City of New York

These huge US cities have economies larger than most countries

Leading the world’s trillion-dollar club economies, the US still has what it takes to be the world’s epicenter of the global economy. Americans are known for their “adventurous spirit, which distinguishes the commercial character of America,” as Alexander Hamilton, one of the founding fathers of the American nation, described it. Perhaps this would account for …

Smart City and Sustainable Development

Towards an inclusive and sustainable city of the future

In the past decades, the term “smart city” has become an all-encompassing catchphrase to capture the notion of using information technology and the Internet of Things to govern areas of city governance such as transportation, energy consumption, social and virtual connectivity, services provision and democratic transparency. True enough, the term is so much of a …

blockchain

Will blockchain and virtual currencies shape city governance for the better?

Over the past decade, the term “blockchain” has created a lot of buzz in the digital world and remains a hot topic in the world of finance. As human society becomes progressively more digital, financial transactions become more and more complex; hence, there is a need for a more efficient, faster, and cost effective way …

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10 spectacular murals that transformed streets into a mosaic of beauty

A Facebook page known as George Takei Presents recently became viral online for its video that compiled ten stunning art pieces that transformed streets into “things of beauty.” Here are some of these lovely collections: 3D mural (Poznan, Poland). This gigantic mural is a commemoration of the incorporation to Poznan of the historical market town …

15 Shared Transport Sectors who signed the Shared Mobility Principles

15 Mobility and tech firms pledge to create livable cities

If cities are the engines of economic growth, an efficient transport system is the oil that prevents these engines from seizing up. With that said, one of the features that should define the future of our cities is a sustainable transport. Urban transport is undeniably an indispensable component of city life that should be taken …

City of Barcelona

Singapore, Barcelona, London notch the top global smart cities list

Which cities in the world today are widely regarded as the best smart cities? What accounts for their success? In a report published by Philips Lighting and Smart CitiesWorld, Singapore, London and Barcelona were named the best smart cities. The reasons behind the choice: Singapore, for its forward-thinking infrastructure including its buildings, transportation and use …

Founder PLAI Festival

Shaping communities through culture and creativity – Andreea Iager Tako

“Doers, no matter what industry they come from, need to come together more often to share their experiences and know-how, draw basic infrastructures to make their work impactful, reach more of the public, do ultimately more good things and make the world better,” said Andreea Iager Tako, one of the founders of PLAI festival in …

Sidewalk Lab Toronto

Google to build North America’s largest smart city

It’s official! Google’s Sidewalk Lab and Waterfront Toronto have agreed to carve down the Quayside area in Canada’s largest city as the “test bed” for what many has called the “city of the future.” Some call it a bold experiment. Others are skeptical of allowing algorithm creators to take control of lives of city dwellers. Still …