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Challenging the banality of the bus stop

Public transportation is an important issue for commuters all over the world – every day millions of passengers use it to go to work, school or run errands. At the moment, one of the most stringent problems of urban public transportation is represented by bus/tram stops. This is brought about by several reasons, among which …

Sustainable governance through collaborative planning

Governments are not set up for rapid change. By implementing collaborative planning strategies or collaborative rationality, there is an opportunity for sustainable governance. Utilizing collaborative planning strategies, decisions are made through the interaction of various stakeholders to reach a decision regarding the problems that exist within a system. In order to reach a consensus, cohesive …

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In the end, Amsterdam again

The feeling you get from being in a truly smart city is absolutely indescribable! No second-level marketers and third-grade advertising gibberish, nor putting Amsterdam at the top of the rankings with artificial and empty events. In Amsterdam everything is different: it is a truly ‘cool’ movement. More than smart. There is a clear acceptance of difference and …

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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 …