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Bridging the divided city

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil’s second largest city, is scheduled to stage two of the world’s largest sporting events. The city is modernising in anticipation, employing sophisticated management technologies and unusual transportation mechanisms. Unavoidably, given the immense expenditure and quixotic nature of some of the infrastructure projects, questions have arisen: at what cost, and for whose […]

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Better information for service effectiveness

P. Christopher Zegras Big data, much of it generated by smartphone-equipped city residents, is fundamentally changing the way we understand, plan and operate urban mobility systems Globally, motorisation—the growth in motor vehicle fleets—represents a major force driving the evolution of transportation and city development. Private motor vehicles offer functional and symbolic utility. Not only do […]

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Smarter Cities will invest in human resources

Jay Bhalla Cities that leverage appropriate smart technologies and open data platforms will better manage everyday decision-making issues African cities are growing exponentially, a fact that has spawned a number of catchphrases, including “silicon savannah”, “Africa rising” and “the last economic frontier”. The growth is partly explained by urban migration, although the influx of foreign […]

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Wi-Fi infrastructure can play an essential role in urban development

Steve Song While the African mobile revolution is widely heralded, little attention has been given to fibre-optic and public Wi-Fi infrastructure, complementary technologies that play essential roles in urban development It is no secret that Africa is one of the fastest urbanising regions in the world. By 2030, the expected urban population for sub-Saharan Africa […]

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Welcome to the “smart city”, a data-driven approach to urban design and planning…We visit Rio de Janeiro to see how it all works, and also present four expert views that offer lateral perspectives

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Technology & Urban Space: A Manifesto

Adam Greenfield An invisible and intangible overlay of digital information now enfolds the physical city, and increasingly determines our engagement with it We find ourselves at a moment in history in which the nature of cities, as form and experience both, is under pressure from a particular class of emerging technology. The advent of lightweight, […]

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Binyavanga Wainana at home in Nairobi

The City of the Future

Kenya is about to break ground on future-tense Konza Technology City, a place without bricks, stones or nails, where there is no smell of human labour, also no stammering. By Binyavanga Wainaina

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