3d printed house china

Will future cities be built using 3D printed construction tech?

We live in an incredibly and progressively changing world. The built environment is certainly not an exception. With the rapid progress in technology, it is no longer a surprise that homes can just come out of a computer, printed and downloaded. And presto! The house you have been dreaming for all your life is just …

First floating city

Welcome to the waterworld! First ever floating city to rise in French Polynesia

A floating city with its own governance, currency, and semi-autonomous infrastructures and institutions at a first glance sounds eccentric and even crazy for some people. But as Isaac Asimov puts it “yesterday’s science fiction is tomorrow’s science of fact.” Building cities in waters is a mere figment of imagination many years ago. Today, what appeared …

EVENT | Urban Talks @ Cluj Innovation Days 2018

The second edition of Urban Talks, part of a series of events created by UrbanizeHub out of the simple need of connecting people who want to shape the future of cities, will take place during Cluj Innovation Days 2018 on May 24-25th, at the University of Agricultural Sciences and Veterinary Medicine of Cluj-Napoca (USAMV). Urban …

INTERVIEW | Prof. Albert-László Barabási on networks, global inequality and artificial intelligence

UrbanizeHub had the opportunity to meet Prof. Albert-László Barabási, a distinguished professor from the Northeastern University, Central European University and Harvard University. He introduced in 1999 the concept of scale-free networks and proposed the Barabási–Albert model to explain their widespread emergence in natural, technological and social systems, from the cellular telephone to the World Wide Web or online communities.  Author of …

Air taxi mobility

In pursuit of global urban air mobility

The densely populated and congested gargantuan megapolis of New York, Tokyo, Beijing, Sao Paolo, Jakarta, Manila, etc. during the rush hours give one a premonition of what is closest to a traffic nightmare could be. Increased urbanization makes the city streets a jam of vehicles, a ragtag of movement if you wish, that makes cities …

urban sustainable development

The Urban Sustainability Framework: a comprehensive guide for more livable cities

Making cities smart is one thing. But making them green and sustainable in the future takes them to a higher level. Making cities sustainable makes them even smarter. This is what the World Bank and the Global Environment Facility could have had in mind when they first conceived and launched the Urban Sustainability Framework (USF) …

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 …