Smarter Cities

United States

In U.S., Turning Sewage Plants Into Travel Destinations

In some western states, utilities are flipping the script on waste-water treatment, transforming ...

France

After The Demise Of Paris' Pioneering Electric Car Sharing System

PARIS — This past summer, Parisians bid adieu to Autolib', a pioneering electric-car-sharing service that came to a premature demise after operating for fewer than seven years. But that doesn't ...

Switzerland

Design And Ecology, An Ugly Truth About Green Energy

Alternative energy projects might be good for the environment. But with a few exceptions, they...

France

Can You Dig It? New Urban Experiments In Underground Architecture

Some designers can't wait to start burrowing. In Mexico, there's even talk about building...

Andorra

How Tiny Andorra Became A Major Hub In Smart Cities Movement

ANDORRA LA VELLA — Perched in the Pyrenees between Spain and France, Andorra — with fewer than 80,000 inhabitants — is as small as it is remote. And yet, the European micro-nation is playing a big ...

Switzerland

Sounds Of The City: Why Urban Acoustics Matter

In Switzerland, some local governments are turning to sound specialists to make cityscapes easier...

Panama

Building With Bottles On A Panamanian Island

COLÓN ISLAND — As the world continues to bury itself in plastic bottles, a few pioneers are coming up with clever ways to put all that refuse to good use. One ...

Germany

Communal Living, An Alternative To Real Estate Status Quo

MUNICH — For a communal housing project, there are bound to be endless discussions over commons areas before the foundation stone has even been laid. There are also financial ...

United States

Applied Mathematics To Design The Perfect Future City

"The city is a complex form for which there exists no equivalent in nature...”

Colombia

How Green Urban Design Lowers Risk Of Climate Change Disaster

Saving rainwater and increasing green spaces are two small steps shown to help fight the ravages ...

South Korea

Seoul Aims To Be World Capital Of The Sharing Economy

For the last several years, South Korea's capital has made the sharing economy a priority...

France

Not Just For Profit, Big Data's Enormous Capacity For Good

By next year, there will be three times more connected objects than humans on earth, all containi...

Spain

Smart Cities International: Bogota Blooms, E-Deliveries, LGBT Signs

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China

The Illusions That Are China's Eco-Cities

TIANJIN — A stone's throw from the highly polluted Bohai Gulf, the Tianjin eco-city is like a mirage. Its buildings, surrounded by trees, offer a rare green and airy setting in ...

Egypt

Egypt's Fledgling Urban Gardeners Hope State Stays Hands Off

From Alexandria to Aswan, urban gardening in Egypt is growing, especially on rooftops. The moveme...

Russia

Smart Cities International: Wearable Berlin, Underwater Future, Open Montreal

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France

French Tech Imagines New Cities With 3D Simulations

To both improve cities and conquer markets, companies are turning to urban simulators with the in...

Argentina

Refugees And City Planning, An Unlikely Urbanist Opportunity

The global refugee crisis forces us to rethink city planning and housing, with more focus on assu...

Egypt

Cairo's Ultimate Smart Vehicle: The Donkey Cart

CAIRO — A third of Cairo's residents walk, cycle or use carts as their primary ...

China

China And The Ghosts Of "Great Leap Forward" Urbanization

-Analysis- BEIJING — A recent United Nations report predicted that the year 2017 will be the turning point for China's demography. After reaching its peak ...

Sweden

Smart Cities International: Accessible Sweden, Costa Rican Dreams, Li-Fi

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