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San Sebastián: Polishing the Pearl of the Cantabria

September 14, 2017 @ 11:30 am
by TheSmartCitizen
San Sebastián: Polishing the Pearl of the Cantabria What can you give a city that has everything? The resort of San Sebastián was born smart: envisioned and planned where sea and land came together in a sheltered bay with an island, surrounded by green hills, three beaches, a river and a sufficiently wide floodplain to build streets, picturesque squares and gardens. The Belle Epoque city, known as Donostia in Basque, had chamfered edges to its buildings before pedestrian-friendly architecture…

The Hague: Europe’s Cyber-Guardian

August 24, 2017 @ 11:39 am
by TheSmartCitizen
The Hague: Europe's Cyber-Guardian 24 August 2017 | by Preeta Bannerjee | In the first half of 2017, ransomware outbreaks disabled organisations around the world and wrought huge economic costs. Malware called Petya crippled shipping, infiltrated ATM machines and knocked out transport systems. Then WannaCry inflicted havoc on the UK’s National Health Service, forcing it to cancel hospitalisations and appointments, putting not only data but also patients’ lives at risk. In its bid to become the…

Copenhagen: The Great Dane of Sustainability

September 22, 2016 @ 2:51 pm
by TheSmartCitizen
Copenhagen: The Great Dane of Sustainability 22 September 2016 | by Vineeta Shetty | Sharing does not come intuitively to the Danes. Julian Agyeman recounts in his book, “Sharing Cities” that when the Danes colonized Greenland after 1721, they taught the Inuit “that communal living—shared food, shared hunting trips, shared wives—was sinful.” Three hundred years on, Denmark has embraced sharing in its many forms, despite having a very private national culture, notes Agyeman. The most…

Qatar Sews Seeds for Regreening the Sahara

March 15, 2016 @ 7:37 am
by TheSmartCitizen
Qatar Sews Seeds for the Regreening of the Sahara 15 March 2016 | by Philip Allin | The triangulation of global warming, desertification and shrinking forests precipitating climate change have led a group of scientists, thinkers and investors to develop a radical approach since 2009. If successful, the project will regenerate vast swathes of the Sahara desert, transforming it into an area both verdant and productive. After all, when Julius Ceasar arrived in North Africa, large tracts of what is…

German Municipalities Lead the Way in Passive Housing: A World Habitat Day Special

October 4, 2015 @ 6:40 pm
by TheSmartCitizen
German Municipalities Set Passive Houses in Motion: World Habitat Day Special 5 October 2015 | by Zeno Bastian In December, at the UN Climate Change Convention in Paris, politicians will struggle for an agreement intended to lead to the drastic reduction of greenhouse gas emissions. The transition from fossil fuels to renewable energy sources that progressive countries will push for, implies an increased efficiency of energy use. The building sector is a major energy consumer (e.g. it consumes 40%…

Europe Lags in Digital Security, EIU’s Safe Cities Index 2015 shows

September 15, 2015 @ 1:25 pm
by TheSmartCitizen
Europe Lags Behind World in Digital Security, EIU's Safe City Index shows 15 September 2014 | by Vineeta Shetty US cities perform most strongly in digital security, while Europe struggles, according to the NEC-sponsored Safe Cities Index, released by the Economist Intelligence Unit. The index tracks 50 world cities across four categories: Digital Security, Health Security, Infrastructure Safety and Personal Safety; The concept of the “smart city” is revolutionising the way in which everything—…

Eindhoven’s Light Motif keeps citizens safe…and entertained

August 27, 2015 @ 11:14 am
by TheSmartCitizen
Eindhoven's Light Motif Keeps Citizens Safe...and Entertained 27 August 2015 | by Philip Allin Any first time visitor who flies to the Netherlands notices it long before they land: this is a well-organised country. From your window seat, you can make out roads, canals, fields and entire conurbations all arranged neatly in geometric formations and parallel lines. Indeed, you can read the country from the air; it is famously as flat as the maps that, in their new incarnations, you now access via your…

San Francisco Transport and Zipcar Lead Smart Cities Agenda at IoT World 2015

March 27, 2015 @ 6:52 pm
by TheSmartCitizen
San Francisco Transport and Zipcar Lead Smart Cities Agenda at IoT World 2015 Smart Cities and Beacons will be treated as key verticals at the Internet of Things World taking place at the Moscone Center in San Francisco on May 12 and 13, 2015. Brian Harrington, Executive Vice President/Chief Marketing Officer at Zipcar & Lauren Mattern, Parking Policy & Technology Manager at San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency are the highlights of the Smart Cities session. Beacons will be covered on Day…

Tamil Nadu Splashes out on Smart Water Management

March 13, 2015 @ 12:00 pm
by TheSmartCitizen
Tamilnadu Splashes out on Smart Water Management 12 March 2014 | by Vineeta Shetty In a country where plentiful, pure and free water is considered a birthright, never has loss and demand management of precious H20 been more in demand. Of India’s 7315 cities, only 15% have water metering, and that too, in pockets. Despite mounting costs of delivering it, the price of water has never been revised upwards. Water supply for the most part is being delivered and priced on historical costs of several…

Hong Kong Envisions Architecture for Food Resiliency

December 24, 2014 @ 1:37 pm
by TheSmartCitizen
Hong Kong Envisions Architecture for Food Resiliency 18 December 2014 | by Vineeta Shetty In the second half of a 2-part article on vertical farming in the 2 city states, The Smart Citizen highlights the ecological vision for the Semi-Autonomous Region of Hong Kong. Before urban expansion ignited, Hong Kong generated over two-thirds of its own produce from local farms. In the 19th century, rice paddies lined the hillsides of the now modern metropolis. Following World War II, the influx of people…