Saudi Mega City

Saudi megacity to rival the size of Belgium

Mind-blowing. That’s how one of the most ambitious city projects in the contemporary time can be described when viewed in terms of size and magnitude. A start-up city 33x the size of New York and almost the size of Belgium, this megacity project is estimated to require around $500 billion.  The NEOM Project forms part and …

Privacy in smart city

Tackling the issue of privacy in smart cities

The world is experiencing a two-fold transformation process: a fast-paced urban development revolution and an accelerating smart city evolution. The race to making cities smart is a global trend. The concept of smart city evokes the image of ICT-infused infrastructures that enable the extensive monitoring and steering of city maintenance, urban mobility, air quality, waste …

Open Data

Power of two: CodeAcross hackatons in Canada

There are two governance reforms that are becoming rapidly important in the area of governance across different countries as they serve as valuable channels to enhance transparency, openness, integrity, accountability and civic participation in cities, to wit: open data movement and the civic tech movement. The open data movement is a recent form of social …

Visual loss

Turning personal problems to global solutions – Zuby Onwuta

To see is a cherished gift. However, not everybody is fortunate enough to enjoy the privilege of sight and pursue their dreams as much as anyone does. But this does not mean that they can no longer see the light at the end of the tunnel. Despite difficulties, visually-impaired people long to see what lies …

food waste solution

The food waste problem: why the world should take notice

Food waste is considered a global concern. On a global scale, the overwhelming amount of food that went squandered is just unacceptable. It is estimated that around 1.3 billion metric tons or a third of the global food production ends up in garbage bins and landfills. The vast amount of food that is being wasted …

aquaponics

Aquaponics: A smart and innovative way of feeding cities

Organic, natural, and sustainable. Name it and you have them in one smart and innovative system of urban agriculture. Some say that it could be the answer to food security; others claim that it will revolutionize urban farming to an unprecedented level if its maximum potential capacity is fully tapped. Still others opine that if …

walkable cities

Why do walkable cities matter?

New York, Paris, Melbourne and Vancouver—what do they have in common? These cities are widely regarded as among the most pedestrian-friendly and most walkable cities in the world. What is a walkable city? Emily Talen and Julia Koschinsky of Arizona State University have this to say: “…a neighborhood type defined by services within walking distance of …