Topic: urban-planning


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The Use of AI for Smart Urban Services in Smart Cities

By Joe Appleton on Apr 6, 2021 4:05:46 PM

When used correctly, disruptive technologies such as artificial intelligence can improve our urban landscape for the better. Drawing from huge resource pools and using a combination of modern machine learning, natural language processing, computer vision, and more, artificial intelligence can be leveraged to drive efficiency and improve the quality of life for the smart cities of the smart cities tomorrow.

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Smart City Smart Cities Urban Planning Artificial Intelligence AI Big Data Urban Data Big Data Analytics

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How The Urban Heat Island Effect Is Harming Our Cities

By Joe Appleton on Dec 3, 2020 10:58:59 AM

The current climate crisis is having a drastic effect on the planet. While it’s easy to place the blame on rapid deforestation and unsustainable industry, one of the largest contributors to the current climate change phenomenon is much closer to home: our cities.

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Smart City Urban Planning Air Pollution Sustainable Cities Climate Change Resilience Urban Heat Island Climate Crisis Climate Solutions Climate Goals

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Smart Cities Are Influenced by the Past, Even as They Look Ahead to the Future

By Mike Barlow and Cornelia Levy-Bencheton on Feb 7, 2019 12:00:46 AM

When we think of smart cities, we tend to think in futuristic terms. We often use the language and iconography of futurism to express our visions of what a smart city should look like. But we should also look to the past for lessons and examples of how previous generations handled the challenges of planning and developing urban spaces.

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Smart Citizens Smart City Innovation Smart People Urban Planning Urban Innovation Future Cities Traffic Management Smart Cities, Smart Future Digital Technologies Smart City Initiatives New York City Complete Streets Vision Zero

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From BIM to CIM: Why Building and City Information Modelling are Essential to Smart Cities

By Lily Maxwell on Nov 29, 2018 10:54:52 PM

Cities are both a key enabler of productivity and economic development, and essential to the social and political wellbeing of individuals and society, as the place that most people now call ‘home’.

However, there are many problems in cities that are inhibiting economic growth and social and environmental justice and equality. Traffic congestion is a huge problem worldwide and costs national economies billions of pounds each year. In the UK alone, traffic cost the economy £31bn in 2016. Poor housing conditions, leading to greater need for healthcare services, also put a huge strain not only on people’s lives but also on local and national healthcare systems. Growing populations and changing demographics - for example, an increasingly youthful population in many African cities, and an increasingly ageing population in much of Europe - is already beginning to put a lot of strain on public services and the built environment. The global housing crisis is just one expression of this.

The smart city concept is one reaction to the growing challenges that urban centers face - from environmental degradation, to increasing economic inequalities, to growing populations that overstrain and exhaust social and physical infrastructure - as it aims to improve the operational, service and energy efficiency of cities and render them better places to live for all.

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Smart Building Smart Cities Urban Planning Real Estate Construction Building Information Modelling City Information Modelling City Infrastructure Building Construction 3D Model Urban Design Solutions

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Building Smarter: Smart Technologies for Design and Construction

By Lily Maxwell on Aug 7, 2018 1:11:04 AM

Smart city strategy, now moving into its ‘fourth generation’, is today increasingly focused on collaboratively determining community’s needs before implementing infrastructural and/or technological changes. With community empowerment at the forefront of smart city development, what ‘smartness’ means when it comes to building must be defined with (rather than for) the community in order to produce buildings that genuinely enable a higher quality of life and engender more sustainable lifestyles.

The smart city is also as much centered around stimulating cooperation as sustainability: this means capitalizing on the most innovative ‘smart’ technologies and processes to ensure that new infrastructure is built not only in the most collaborative, but also the most resource-efficient way too.

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Smart City Smart Building Smart Cities Urban Planning Real Estate Construction Smart Planning BIM Building Information Modelling City Information Modelling Virtual Reality Digital Tools CIM Artificial Intelligence Autonomous Robots

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