Dubai, the city of tomorrow today

Heaven-defying architecture, 3D-printed buildings, self-driving cars, and pneumatic Hyperloop transport. It really looks like every futurist’s wish list – but for Dubai tomorrow is today and this ambitious emirate is taking the lead with numerous projects, completed and planned. Let’s review some of the projects and see why Dubai really is the City of the …

Urban sprawl vs. compact cities: what’s the smart solution?

When discussing smart cities, a structural question has been creating intense debate among experts – should a smart city be compact or allow ‘urban sprawl’, outward expansion into surrounding rural areas? Many argue that urban sprawl is a dangerous process because it takes over valuable farmland, at a time when food production is already not …

Cyber-threats to smart cities

Cyber-threats are expanding in every way from attack frequency to scale, sophistication and impact severity. The rate of code vulnerabilities found in dated, internet-accessible software also shows no signs of abating. Crypto-ransomware that leverages clever engineering techniques is also on the rise. As more and more smart devices running critical infrastructure organizations can connect to the …

Traffic Light Assist – a vehicle to infrastructure communication

The ‘Traffic Light Assist’ technology, which will be launched by Audi in the autumn, aims to tell driver exactly how long they have before traffic lights change colour. It will communicate with new smart traffic lights already installed  select cities and metropolitan areas. Audi will begin offering a new traffic light technology in three of its …

Tech & innovation in waste management

Waste management is becoming a global issue, with major urban metropolises requiring effective waste management services. In the United States alone, 230 million tons of garbage are produced annually, equaling 4.6 pounds of waste per person daily. Managing municipal solid waste (MSW) efficiently and adequately is essential for any community, and it leaves plenty of room for innovation. …

Cities Alive – Rethinking green infrastructure

‘Cities Alive – Rethinking green infrastructure’ is a report focused on  the role of green infrastructure in addressing the challenges of the 21st century. The report was the product of a collaboration between the Landscape Architecture and Foresight & Research & Innovation teams at Arup and has involved a wide range of specialists. In the …

The future of urban mobility

Two major automotive themes at CES (Consumer Electronics Show) were urban mobility and connected cars. “Connected car” took on one of two meanings: how future cars will integrate with technology in our lives or how they will connect to a network of vehicles and the surrounding environment. The latter was more interesting and ties in …

Connectivity is destiny

Connectivity is the key to the future. Geopolitical futurist Parag Khanna foresees a world in which megacities, supply chains and connective technologies redraw the map away from states and borders. In his new book, Connectography: Mapping the Future of Global Civilization, he redraws the way humanity is organized according to lines of infrastructure and connectivity rather than …

3 ways to think about greener, healthier cities

Kaid Benfield, American urbanist and consultant, author of People Habitat: 25 Ways to Think About Greener, Healthier Cities, talks about how to promote sustainability in urban areas. Here are the main ideas from 3 of the 25 essays published in his book. The first city experience For Benfield, this book is a result of his …

The 4 commandments of cities

Eduardo Paes is the mayor of Rio de Janeiro, a sprawling, complicated, beautiful city of 6.5 million people. He shares four big ideas about leading Rio – and all cities – into the future, including bold (and achievable) infrastructure upgrades and how to make a city “smarter.”  A city of has to be environmentally friendly. …