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Get Ready for Skyscrapers made of wood. (Yes, wood)

Get Ready for Skyscrapers made of wood. (Yes, wood)

WHEN CHICAGO’S JOHN Hancock Center was built in 1965, it required 5 million pounds of aluminum, roughly enough metal to manufacture the equivalent of 96 tour buses. Five years later, engineers did Hancock one better when they constructed the Sears Tower, a 1,400 foot skyscraper that used more than 176 million pounds of steel. Chicago has always been a city defined by metal and…

The way to become a Smart Sustainable City

The way to become a Smart Sustainable City

Why do cities need KPIs? Cities are the hubs of innovation that drive economic development, however, in the nascent period of a city’s growth, urbanization can have adverse effects on the environment and on its citizens. As we move forth on striving to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), cities have been encouraged to use information and communication technologies (ICTs) to…

The invisible people in India’s smartest cities

The invisible people in India’s smartest cities

Why our facilities need to be made disabled- and elderly-friendly through thoughtful design It was one of those days after you get a new job and you are full of zeal to reach your workplace. I have always been a sucker for time and it was my second day at work. I was zipping through the stairs when I stepped on to something greasy. The next thing I knew, I was flying down a flight of stairs. At…

As cities become more innovative, they also become more unequal

As cities become more innovative, they also become more unequal

There’s a reason Silicon Valley is notoriously unequal—and it’s not just a matter of misconception or misplaced blame. Between 1990 and 2010, the tech industry’s growth directly caused San Francisco and San Jose’s inequality to grow as well, according to the preliminary draft of a study conducted by researchers from Northwestern University and the…

Brazil decades behind other countries in fighting inequality

Brazil decades behind other countries in fighting inequality

A Brazilian earning the minimum wage would have to work for 19 years to earn as much as what a rich person in the country's top 0.1 percent makes in one month, Oxfam revealed on 25 September 2017. New research by the international agency shows that at the current pace, it would take Brazil 75 years to reach the United Kingdom’s current level of income equality, or 30 to…

How technology in cities can help deliver a sustainable future

How technology in cities can help deliver a sustainable future

Our reliance on technology is undeniable. It ensures we have potable water in our taps and that food is available on the supermarket shelves. Technology continues to change our lives and this dependence is only likely to accelerate given that, in 2010, we passed the historic milestone of having the majority of the world's population live in cities. As we consider the implications, the…

The Business of Running Cities

The Business of Running Cities

Consider an industry that has annual revenues of $1.8 trillion (as of 2011) in the United States alone – and probably multiples of that globally. It serves billions of customers, providing “services” such as education, health, transportation and security.  This “industry” is the business of running cities; i.e. delivering urban services, a space that many…

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