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January 2017 Opportunities for Urban Thinkers

PhD position in Smart Technologies for Empowered Citizens, at the Eindhoven University of Technology The Postdoc research will be carried out as part of a project called Smart Technologies, Empowered Citizens, funded by the The Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO). The research in this project is concerned with a) design principles and b) media theoretical …

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Smart cities: trends and challenges

As a result of intense urban migration and the “unplanned” development of our cities, several solutions have been developed and tested in different fields since the 80s. A consequence of these attempts to solve urban problems is the rise of the “Smart City” concept. Around the world, old cities have been retrofitted and some brand …

Yplan – how youth reclaimed 4 public spaces in Bucharest

Public space quality represents one of many criteria showing that Romania’s cities are lagging compared to Western cites. Public space, an essential part of every city that according to UN-Habitat should cover at least 30% of its total surface, has a central role when it comes to the success of already famous cities such as …

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Sustainable cities: the challenge of pollution

In developed countries, after decades of high-pollution landfill practices, waste collection and waste treatment systems have moved toward the recovery of materials (recycling and re-use) and of energy (incineration). These less polluting activities have made our trash a profitable industry with excellent market expectations, consequently attracting energy multinationals and recycling companies, as well as mafia groups. …

Wise Cities: resilience, sustainability and well-being

The 20th century has seen the explosion of megalopolises around the globe. Cities have attracted and concentrated a massive number of people, generating new problems of management and creating huge challenges not only for the public sector – in managing limited resources – but also for the private sector by pushing companies to promote continuous …

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Urban farming and soft mobility: transforming cities

Alongside the green areas that need to be added in big cities to make them more livable and sustainable, producing food in cities is essential in terms of food security. Urban farmers can produce locally and spend less on transportation, packaging and storage, and sell directly to local markets with fresher products at competitive prices. …

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Sustainable cities: myths, realities and hopes

In recent decades, a series of economic and demographic changes transformed our living landscapes and lifestyles. Today over 54% of the world population lives in urban areas, while in the 1960s two thirds of the world population was living in rural environments. Considering geo-economic disparities, developed countries tend to be more urbanized than developing countries, although poorer …

UrbanizeHub at Different City – Smart City in Bucharest

Urbanizehub was at the 1st edition of the ‘Different City – Smart City’ Conference which was held in Bucharest, Romania in the first week of November 2016. The Conference’s main theme was ‘Innovation and New Technologies in Managing Cities Today and in Planning of the Smart Cities of Tomorrow’, and it was organized by the …

“Cities lead, nations follow” – How and why cities are defining this century

Following our article “Embracing the metropolitan revolution”, we now turn our focus to why cities should lead decision-making in the 21st century and how cities can take this lead.  It is time to rethink the power hierarchy and define which system can empower citizens the most in order to face current economic and social challenges.  Why …

Embracing the metropolitan revolution

Millenials are voting for urban communities where they can live, work and play. There is a shift in the way cities are being run and the way they are reinventing their identity. Through innovation and creativity and the impulse of new public-private partnerships, cities are becoming the center of a metropolitan revolution.  A new open innovation …