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Urban Whack-a-Mole

Urban Whack-a-Mole

Rather than viewing cities as a series of Whack-a-Mole problems to be solved, we should think about how we want to live.

The road to EV adoption: UK infrastructure priorities

The road to EV adoption: UK infrastructure priorities

The UK is on the cusp of a transport revolution but we must act now to ensure that the infrastructure is in place so that we can embrace the change and become a world leader in clean transport. Alice Goudie, Emu Analytics, looks at what’s required.

Smart cities: Are we asking the wrong questions?

Smart cities: Are we asking the wrong questions?

In the rush for smart cities, are we starting with the wrong questions? Amy Barker and Miguel Lira, Urban Control, suggest a different approach.

Waterfront Toronto: Lessons in community engagement

Waterfront Toronto: Lessons in community engagement

Policymakers globally are watching Sidewalk Labs’ Waterfront Toronto project. Blayne Haggart, Associate Professor of Political Science, Brock University, and Natasha Tusikov, Assistant Professor, Criminology, Department of Social Science, York University, Canada, look at the importance of citizen engagement for this smart city scheme and those around the world.

Smart city projects are missing visual data

Smart city projects are missing visual data

Visual data is "conspicuously absent" from many current smart city applications and this could be limiting potential, says James Wickes, Cloudview.

To deliver real change, cities must embrace start-ups

To deliver real change, cities must embrace start-ups

Tim Stone, Venture Partner, at IoT specialist investor, Breed Reply, looks at how cities can better tap the creative power of start-ups.

Blockchain: Hurry up and wait

Blockchain: Hurry up and wait

Despite the huge amount of hype surrounding blockchain, new research from Gartner bursts the bubble somewhat and finds that very, very few organisations are actually implementing the technology yet.

We examined 885 European cities’ plans to tackle climate change – here’s what we found

We examined 885 European cities’ plans to tackle climate change – here’s what we found

Oliver Heidrich, Senior Researcher in Urban Resource Modelling, Newcastle University, and Diana Reckien, Associate Professor for Climate Change and Urban Inequalities, University of Twente, share their latest research on what cities are doing to tackle climate change and the urgency of the work still to be done.

Designing the compassionate city

Designing the compassionate city

Designing the city with compassion in mind can overcome built-in biases and help us live better, says Jenny Donovan, Urban Designer and Sessional Lecturer, La Trobe University.

Is the IoT a trojan horse for smart cities?

Is the IoT a trojan horse for smart cities?

Last month, the City of Atlanta faced one of the most significant cyber-attacks mounted against a major city anywhere in the world to date. The threats to cities are only going to get worse as infrastructure becomes more connected. What action can cities take now?