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 …

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 …

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 …

A global agenda for a world of smart cities

The world has agreed that it has to change, fundamentally, in order to successfully accommodate the urbanization wave that is to come in the next few decades. Urban innovation has to be advanced, along with the integrating capacities of the cities, to achieve the ideal smart city of the future. Future Cities Catapult has just …

URBIS – The new European advisory service for cities

The “Urban Investment Support” was recently launched by the European Commission and the European Investment Bank with the aim of helping cities plan investments. Consequently, their urban development strategies would be supported and there would be easier access to financing. Precisely this access to financing remains one of the biggest issues that cities have to …

Paris – The European Capital of Innovation in 2017

The European Commission organized its annual “European Capital of Innovation Award” and out of the 32 cities that applied, the winner was announced on 7 November at the Web Summit in Lisbon, Portugal. Due to its unique innovative spirit, usually implemented through projects such as the world’s largest start-up campus, the innovation arc or urban farms, …

New World City

The New Face of the World – Technology in the Near Future

In a recent interview for Linkedin, Udo Gollub, 17 Minute Languages CEO, astonished the public making some clear and certain predictions about what the next 20 years will bring. He also pointed out that their competitors are no longer other car companies but giants such as Tesla, Google, Apple, Amazon. The world is going to …

singapore pedestrian bridge above cars

Singapore’s plans for a car-lite future

Singapore is already considered one of the greatest cities to work and live in, due to its easy access to high-quality, efficient public transportation. Further efforts now attempt to establish the state as a “car-lite” nation by 2030, making public transport account for 75% of rush hour commutes. Besides boosting the use of public transport, …

Auroville, the dream and the reality

Imagine a city free of crime, government, poverty, money, and hardship. This is the vision that built Auroville, a township in India dubbed ‘The City of Dawn’. Founded in 1968 by Mirra Alfassa (also known as The Mother), Auroville is meant to be a universal town where men and women of all countries are able …

Call for speakers: Smart City Expo World Congress

The Smart City Expo World Congress is an event that has been taken place every year since 2011, and it is an opportunity for urban thinkers to learn about the latest ideas about what the future might look like for our cities. It brings together public administrations, companies, entrepreneurs, researchers and citizens who inspire each …