Built environment

Greece’s first smart benches arrive in Athens

Mon, 2018-08-27 19:05 -- SCC Europe Staff

Rolling out in capitals like London, solar-powered smart benches take a normal piece of city furniture and make it something more than just a place to rest your weary legs. Smart benches offer passers-by modern-day conveniences like mobile charging and Wi-Fi access while collecting environmental data that can be used by local authorities.

Chicago's smart street lighting program: safer, brighter streets for all

Fri, 2018-08-24 02:44 -- Doug Peeples

Chicago's Smart Lighting Project will benefit the city and citizens with significant savings in energy and maintenance costs and improved lighting. But when the project launched one of its top priorities was to focus on public safety. Read our story to learn how.

NYC's Blueprint for Energy Efficiency: a big, bold plan to cut pollution

Fri, 2018-08-17 05:15 -- Doug Peeples

New York City has already done a lot to reduce pollution, but more needs to be done to ensure a sustainable, livable future. A new plan focusing on large building energy efficiency is intended to achieve that goal. Sure. It's a big city plan, but it contains tools cities of any size should be able to use.

Cluj-Napoca: the “Silicon Valley” of Eastern Europe

Tue, 2018-08-14 21:11 -- SCC Europe Staff

In an effort to solve public problems and promote sustainable development, Cluj-Napoca is boosting “economic engines” in the creative industries and university sector. Let’s take a look at how Romania’s second city is stepping up as a technology hub that’s been nicknamed the “Silicon Valley of Eastern Europe.”

A novel approach to navigating a city (and not getting lost)

Fri, 2018-07-27 02:18 -- Doug Peeples

Even with GPS and wayfinding apps it's still easy to get lost in an unfamiliar neighborhood while trying to find a building when you're not sure of its exact location. However, University of Hong Kong researchers have come up with a smart address system they say can eliminate the problem — indoors and out.

Is the planning profession ready for the future?

Wed, 2018-07-04 06:44 -- David Batchelor

If urban planning is to remain effective in guiding the development and growth of the technology-laden smart cities of the future, planners will likely have to become more tech-savvy to make the most of new forms of data and its sources in their decision making. Read our story for key insights from Wellington planner David Batchelor.

Will Alba Iulia be Romania’s first smart city?

Thu, 2018-06-28 21:29 -- SCC Europe Staff

The small city of Alba Iulia in central Romania is undergoing big changes, attracting the most European funds in the country for projects that are helping to seriously boost tourism. First on the list: the restoration of the 18th century Alba Carolina citadel. Twenty projects alone were devoted to rejuvenating the tourist attraction, and now the city is using the rest of its regional development funding to improve infrastructure, building roads, bike paths and additional tourist attractions.

Il progetto da 2 miliardi di euro che rivitalizzerà Milano

Mon, 2018-06-18 20:39 -- SCC Europe Staff

Milano è una delle poche città cosmopolite a investire miliardi di euro nei suoi quartieri più trascurati, nell’ambito di un piano di modernizzazione che renderà la città più attraente e sostenibile che mai. Il nome è CityLife Park e l’ispirazione per questo nuovo concetto proviene dai paesaggi della Lombardia, con un design unico volto a divenire un “parco fra le montagne e la pianura”.

Urbanisation – Unprecedented demographic shift or another bubble?

Thu, 2018-05-31 02:30 -- Janine Betz

Cities need to offer more than tangible things like job opportunities and enhanced mobility to make them attractive to current and new residents. Guest author Janine Betz shares her insights on why cities should focus on ensuring that residents feel like they belong there, that they have a sense of 'place.'