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[ News ] Posted on Friday, April 20, 2018 - 13:06
Technology can help people with disabilities get around cities - but it must provide reliable information tailored for varying needs   BARCELONA - Entrepreneur Josep Esteba became so frustrated trying to get around his native Spain in a wheelchair for more than 20 years that he embarked on a mission to map cities for disabled people all over the world. "Many years ago I travelled a lot for work,... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Friday, April 20, 2018 - 11:29
The connection-dependent models discussed in my first blockchain article published last week, enjoy what we might call an “atmosphere of bandwidth.” We might expect to see greatly different behavior on a planet where one can go from one building to another quite easily, compared to an airless rock where a person needs to put on a space suit to go outdoors – to put on an envelope of air, as... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Friday, April 13, 2018 - 13:10
Urban areas are growing and their ecosystems are becoming increasingly important in ecological research and conservation management. These ecosystems are highly dynamic and in constant evolution. New species steadily invade cities and those that already occupy these ecosystems have to learn to live together with the new species. Therefore, the success of a species in an urban area is determined... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Friday, April 13, 2018 - 12:35
Ask a dozen strangers on the street what they think the term “affordable housing” means, and you’ll likely get a dozen answers. Though the Department of Housing and Urban development defines “affordable” with a simple number — no more than 30% of total household income — the reality of what it means to be able to comfortably make the rent or the mortgage every month can be more complicated.... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Friday, April 13, 2018 - 10:58
While there is growing global interest in smart city applications, there are also significant challenges in scaling implementation and impact. Building on the success of its annual Energy Efficiency Indicator study, Johnson Controls recently conducted its first Smart City Indicator survey to track key drivers, organizational barriers, technology trends and the status of smart city initiatives... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Thursday, April 12, 2018 - 12:44
With more than half of the world’s children living in cities, now more than ever is the time to call on local leaders and the stakeholders they work with to take action for children, especially the most vulnerable.   To this end, UNICEF’s Child Friendly Cities Initiative (CFCI) has developed two new products: the UNICEF Child Friendly Cities and Communities Handbook  and new CFCI website.... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Thursday, April 12, 2018 - 09:19
Before I started working on real-world robots, I wrote about their fictional and historical ancestors. This isn’t so far removed from what I do now. In factories, labs, and of course science fiction, imaginary robots keep fuelling our imagination about artificial humans and autonomous machines. Real-world robots remain surprisingly dysfunctional, although they are steadily infiltrating urban... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Wednesday, April 11, 2018 - 15:30
Spurred by its policy of reform and opening up, China has experienced the largest and most rapid urbanization in human history; in 30 years China's urbanization rate rose from less than 20 percent to over 58 percent.   Its development, however, is unbalanced, said Li Tie, chairman and chief economist of the China Center for Urban Development, speaking at the 2018 Boao Forum for Asia (BFA) on Apr... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Wednesday, April 11, 2018 - 15:03
The recent deaths of a woman struck by a car Uber was testing in driverless mode, and of a man whose Tesla Model X crashed when his hands were off the steering wheel because he was letting the car do some of the driving, may shift the debate over autonomous vehicles. Those tragic fatalities are raising overdue questions about whether people and places will be ready when this new technology moves... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Wednesday, April 11, 2018 - 14:53
In 2013, The Rockefeller Foundation launched 100 Resilient Cities (100RC), to help and inspire cities to innovate and adapt in their growing role as standard-bearers for a more resilient future. In creating 100RC, the Foundation understood the need to work directly with municipal governments to upend the old structures that stymie this potential. With seed funding and training for a new position... Read more