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.
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.
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.
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.
Transit-oriented developments (TODs) are mixed-use residential and commercial areas designed to maximize access to public transport. A great theory in concept -- but difficult to get things right in practice. A new tool may fix that.
The smart cities market took a major step towards mainstream status with an announcement this morning from Microsoft. The company is launching a global initiative labeled "CityNext." Find out what the tech giant has to offer cities like yours.
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.
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 new design exhibit in Boston draws from cities around the world to showcase 40 examples of reusing and repurposing existing infrastructure in imaginative new ways, Click for a look at what these ideas can mean for older cities.
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.