Built environment

Why smart buildings are even more valuable than you think

Wed, 2013-08-07 18:41 -- Jesse Berst

If you are serious about making the case for smarter buildings in your city, you'll want to read a recent post by the Rocky Mountain Institute. Most people, RMI notes, try to cost-justify the technology merely on the basis of energy savings. But as you'll see, there's much more to the value stream for building owners and cities.

Greenfields progress report: Lessons from 5 of the world's most important new cities

Wed, 2013-08-07 18:40 -- Jesse Berst

Vitally important to the success of the smart cities movement, greenfield projects push the boundaries and encounter numerous challenges. They also provide invaluable feedback. Click for a look at successes and failures from five showcase projects.

China and U.S. agree smart cities are key to combating climate change

Wed, 2013-08-07 18:40 -- Jesse Berst

A new post from the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace suggests that U.S.-China climate change cooperation is climbing to the next level -- and that smart cities will be the focus. Find out why -- and what to expect when the action moves from the laboratory to the real world.

EDF smart cities: a holistic systems approach to urban sustainability challenges

Wed, 2013-08-07 18:36 -- Jesse Berst

French giant EDF's sustainable cities initiative led by Pascal Terrien is global in nature and seeks to define the ideal role of a utility in urban environments where 75% of the world’s population will reside by 2050. Click to read our Q&A with Terrien, one of Europe's leading experts on energy efficiency and sustainability.

How the UK measures the smartness of its cities (could it work for yours?)

Wed, 2013-07-10 00:39 -- Jesse Berst

The UK's Technology Strategy Board just released findings from stage one of its Future Cities Demonstrator Programme – a competition that has 30 UK cities developing innovative ways to be smarter and more sustainable. Don't miss this recap of common themes that are emerging.

A dumb way to get smart? Bristol launches pointless city game

Tue, 2013-07-09 04:24 -- Jesse Berst

In Bristol, UK they are setting up a citywide system that allows residents to have pretend conversations with lamp posts, street signs and other urban objects. It seems like a horrible waste of time and money that could be spent on creating something of value. That's our view, anyway. Click to see if you agree.

A smarter way to plan smart cities? Singapore and EDF partner on urban modeling

Wed, 2013-06-26 02:48 -- Jesse Berst

Doing urban planning better is what a new partnership between Smart City Council Lead Partner EDF, Singapore and Veolia Environnement is all about. They're developing a modeling and simulation tool - and a new Centre of Excellence - that promises to push the boundaries of urban planning.