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) …

The best way to empower the citizens of the future is empowering ourselves

People engagement is such a trendy word. While it is a powerful tool to get people think and reflect on things of great significance, of things that matter to the city, the country and the international community, it is not a run-of-the-mill stuff that one can easily execute. Why is it so hard to engage …

These glowing plants could light up city streets in the future

Imagine that instead of streetlamps during the night, you see glowing trees along the busiest promenade in your city. This imagineering of what the future looks like using technology seems like a scene in sci-fi movie but it is actually getting close to reality. Plant lamps instead of desk lamps, treelights instead of streetlights; and …

Are maglevs and hyperloops the future of intercity travel?

The “hyperloop effect” or the “maglev effect” seems to have taken a number of countries to the forefront of what could be dubbed as a renaissance of a cutting-edge technology in land transport. The idea of a floating train, surfing over an electromagnetic field, hovering over its tracks, zipping up and down may sound like …

These huge US cities have economies larger than most countries

Leading the world’s trillion-dollar club economies, the US still has what it takes to be the world’s epicenter of the global economy. Americans are known for their “adventurous spirit, which distinguishes the commercial character of America,” as Alexander Hamilton, one of the founding fathers of the American nation, described it. Perhaps this would account for …

Towards an inclusive and sustainable city of the future

In the past decades, the term “smart city” has become an all-encompassing catchphrase to capture the notion of using information technology and the Internet of Things to govern areas of city governance such as transportation, energy consumption, social and virtual connectivity, services provision and democratic transparency. True enough, the term is so much of a …

10 spectacular murals that transformed streets into a mosaic of beauty

A Facebook page known as George Takei Presents recently became viral online for its video that compiled ten stunning art pieces that transformed streets into “things of beauty.” Here are some of these lovely collections: 3D mural (Poznan, Poland). This gigantic mural is a commemoration of the incorporation to Poznan of the historical market town …