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Cities in Motion - It’s Important to Consider the Unintended Consequences of New Technology

By Mike Barlow and Cornelia Lévy-Bencheton on Apr 8, 2019 3:57:22 PM

If the science fiction writers of the 1950s had been right, most of us today would travel around in flying cars and pneumatic trains. We would commute to work on high-speed moving sidewalks and zip across town in horizontal elevators. For short hops, we would wear personal jet packs or anti-gravity belts. Well, here we are in the early 21st century and we’re still waiting for buses, stuck in traffic jams and trying to walk across busy streets without being hit by a cab. Transportation has changed, but not in the ways predicted by science fiction. Many of the most important changes have been invisible.

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

By Mike Barlow and Cornelia Lévy-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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BCN – NYC Affordable Housing Challenge: Call for Applications Ends

By Thomas Mueller on Jan 26, 2019 12:17:41 PM

At Smart City Expo World Congress, Barcelona City Council and the City of New York have issued a call for innovative technologies and tools to help make housing more affordable. This call now draws to an end: the extended deadline for submitting proposals is February 10, 2019. Take the last chance to apply!

Why an affordable housing challenge?

In cities around the world, affordable housing represents one of the biggest challenges that undermines social inclusion, equality, health and well-being, as well as sustainability.

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