Does gentrification inevitably cause displacement?

Gentrification has been widely debated in the United States lately, as long-time residents of neighborhoods are being priced out by wealthier residents who flow back into these areas, and minority groups are said to be affected the most. A review done by researchers at the University of California Berkeley and UCLA, published by the Federal …

India’s Smart Cities Mission: looking at global peers

In one of the most ambitious urbanization initiatives ever, India has launched its Smart Cities Mission, looking to drive billions of dollars into infrastructure improvements in 100 different cities over the next five years. It aims to accelerate a variety of digital technology upgrades as well as leverage public dollars to attract private investment into …

The complex relationship between data and cities

There is a lot of enthusiasm around the relationship between cities and data, as it promises to solve various urban problems, from predictive policing to improving traffic flow and promoting energy efficiency. If it’s done right, data can help policy makers understand how cities and neighbourhoods grow and evolve. Researchers are using data from internet sources …

Changing attitudes towards waste

Whether the goal is to increase recycling or to reduce littering, authorities will never achieve truly clean cities without a fundamental shift in public mindsets and behaviours, according to waste management experts gathered at the CleanEnviro Summit in Singapore. They highlight three ways in which cities can increase public participation in waste management. Financial incentives …

Mumbai residents take rubbish matters into their own hands

Mumbai’s Versova beach stretches on about 1.5 miles in an upmarket western suburb of the city, close to film studios and homes of some of the biggest Bollywood stars. Unfortunately, it’s hard to see the sand due to the mountains of rubbish that get washed up by the sea. An informal citizen group, the Versova …

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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 …

The sustainable house shaped like the Eye of Horus

The Eye of Horus is a fully sustainable house designed by Spanish architect Luis de Garrido, built on the Playa de Cleopatra Island in Turkey. The island is known for the exceptional quality of its sand, said to be different from other nearby beaches. Local legends say that Roman emperor Marc Antony imported the sand especially for Cleopatra …

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. …

Essential technologies of a smart city

A smart city is a place where various components are connected using the Internet of Things (IoT) technologies and sensors to improve services people use on a daily basis, as well as the quality of natural resources. A few key technologies are essential for a smart city: Smart energy The amount of energy a city uses can …