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Madrid plans to cover all unused space with plants

Madrid has been enduring the effects of climate change in the past years and is determined to find solutions to adapt to the challenges of rising global temperatures. The city is seeing more blisteringly hot days with temperatures up to 40 degrees, more severe droughts and heavier floods. One of the measures Madrid is currently planning …

Copenhagenize – an index of bike-friendly cities

  What are the best cities for urban cycling? Copenhagenize Design Co., specializing in urban design consultancy and advocates of prioritizing biking solutions in cities, started this discussion in 2011 and managed to give cities around the world a score in order to determine the best methods to re-establish the bicycle on the urban landscape. …

Smart City – Copenhagen

EUREKA  is an intergovernmental organisation for pan-European research and development funding and coordination. EUREKA aims to coordinate efforts of governments, research institutes and commercial companies concerning innovation.  EUREKA innovation event from this year was focused on Industry and city perspectives on “Smart Cities – Sustainable and Attractive Communities”. The presentation of Smart city in Copenhagen: Ambitions, possibilities …

The RegioStars Awards – an inspiration for European regions

The objective of the RegioStars Awards is to identify good practices in regional development and to highlight original and innovative projects which could be attractive and inspiring to other regions. It includes the following five categories: Smart Growth, Sustainable Growth, Inclusive Growth, CityStar, and Effective Management.   The EU Cohesion Policy Funds support this yearly …

New York’s High Line Park

The High Line Park was designed by architects from James Corner Field Operations and Diller Scofidio + Renfro, together with garden designer Piet Oudolf. The park runs through New York’s Chelsea neighborhood in the lower west side of Manhattan. It is situated along 1.5 miles of repurposed elevated railway. The park was completed in 2009 and it …

Bicycle highways and long-distance commuting

  Would you leave your car in the garage and commute to work on your bicycle? The people in-charge of the Radschnellweg project in Germany, a 62-miles long bicycle highway in the Ruhr area, think that we should and that most of us will. Spatial planner Martin Tönnes took the opportunity to cycle from Essen to Dortmund. “There …

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7 cities compete to design the city of the future

Seven American cities spent 6 months competing for a $40 million prize from the US Department of Transportation. The challenge was designing the city of the future by juggling three big ideas: automation, climate change and urban inequality.  Here are the cities and their proposals: SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA Problem: High density of vehicles which leads …

Singapore Smart Nation: next level data collection

As part of its Smart Nation program launched in 2014, Singapore will deploy the most ambitious data collecting effort on daily living. In a sweeping effort that will touch the lives of all residents of Singapore, in ways yet undetermined, the government will deploy a next level data collecting initiative. Singapore is already known for …

Helsinki wants to eliminate the need for private car ownership

In an effort to capitalize on current urban transportation trends and mobile technology, Helsinki takes on the challenge of eliminating the need for private car ownership by 2025. Here’s how they plan to do it. The main idea is to combine public and private transport providers in such a way that ensures maximum flexibility and …

Nature takes back the city in Bucharest

Văcărești Park is one of the many projects started by Ceaușescu in Romania and abandoned after the fall of communism, and it’s becoming a prime example of nature taking back the city. Văcărești was originally meant to be a grand project for a new neighborhood in Bucharest. Built on land reclaimed from swamps, it would …