Amsterdam – less car parking spaces making room for green oasis

Amsterdam transit commissioner Sharon Dijksma announced that the number of people allowed to park in the city center will gradually decrease. At the moment, these people require a permit to access a specific space, but the cost of it will also rise in the near future. The proposed strategy is to reduce this number by 1500 …

How about car-free streets?

Focusing on sustainable mobility As a solution to heavy traffic in the center, followed by a lack of attractiveness in the central area, cities nowadays are turning their traditional streets into pedestrian thoroughfares, this way claiming city’s streets for people. Jane Jacobs, a journalist and great activist that influenced the urban studies of the 20th …

The Revival of Backyards

Cities have recently become so clogged up with people, buildings or cars that they hardly leave any room for the good old fashioned backyard. However, taking a look at these New York brownstone backyards will remind you of the necessity of having a green relaxing place around your home. Green spaces should prevail in urban …

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Mobike is set to conquer the world’s cities

“To possess a bicycle is to be able first to look at it, then to touch it. But touching is revealing as insufficient; what is necessary is to be able to get on the bicycle and take a ride,” said French philosopher Jean Paul Sartre. Like wildfire, the idea of bike-sharing service has spread in …

Overview of Urban Talks @ Cluj Innovation Days

The second edition of our Urban Talks took place at the end of May as a part of Cluj Innovation Days 2018. Just like last year’s edition, which took place in Timisoara, the event brought a wide variety of ideas, solutions and projects into the spotlight regarding an intelligent, integrated and sustainable urban development. The …

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 …

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 …

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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 …

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Singapore, Barcelona, London notch the top global smart cities list

Which cities in the world today are widely regarded as the best smart cities? What accounts for their success? In a report published by Philips Lighting and Smart CitiesWorld, Singapore, London and Barcelona were named the best smart cities. The reasons behind the choice: Singapore, for its forward-thinking infrastructure including its buildings, transportation and use …

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Shaping communities through culture and creativity – Andreea Iager Tako

“Doers, no matter what industry they come from, need to come together more often to share their experiences and know-how, draw basic infrastructures to make their work impactful, reach more of the public, do ultimately more good things and make the world better,” said Andreea Iager Tako, one of the founders of PLAI festival in …