Urban developers are being urged to sharpen their focus on the environmental footprint of their designs following this weekend’s Earth Hour initiative. After starting in Australia in 2007, the event is now held annually in more than 25 countries around the world. Earth Hour encourages individuals and businesses to turn off non-essential electric lights for one hour, as a symbol of commitment to the planet.Reducing energy consumption in the places where most people live and work needs to be top priority. With more than half of the world’s population living in cities, a proportion that is expected to reach 68 per cent by 2050, urban cities need to look for every opportunity to take a cleaner, greener approach. Developers, governments, innovators and businesses have the potential to do just that. Environmental sustainable development draws on concepts of lower consumption and switching to green, environmentally-sustainable energy.In many global cities, buildings are the … [Read more...] about Energy efficiency: the foundation to building sustainable cities
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Here’s a joke for you. Two elderly women are having lunch in a restaurant, and one of them says: “Wow, the food at this place is really terrible.” The other replies: “I know — and such small portions too.” That’s a gag from the classic movie Annie Hall but it also happens to perfectly sum up the state of London’s housing crisis today. The typical quality of new homes being built here is poor. And if that’s not bad enough, we don’t have enough houses being built either. According to the housing charity Shelter, more than 50 per cent of people who buy a new-build home discover serious problems with construction, faults and unfinished fittings. And, to make matters worse, we’re also not building enough. Only about 29,000 homes are constructed in London each year, which is well short of the 66,000 we need. Demand for housing is outstripping supply, which in turn has caused prices to skyrocket over the … [Read more...] about Rohan Silva on how to build the future
In the sunny climes of Tel Aviv, Israel, the Smart Mobility Summit, held from October 29 to 30, brought together city administrators from across the globe, research institutions, major car companies, and stealthy startups. They all came not just for the balmy weather but to exchange ideas and discuss new innovations. Digital Trends was there, too Here are some of the highlights – companies, agencies, and other entities with goals of making our cities smarter, and how they plan to do it. Small companies, big ideas There were the established players at the Smart Mobility Summit – from Ford and GM to Nissan and Honda, and MIT to the U.S. Department of Energy — and then there were newcomers like Tactile Mobility, which was at the conference discussing ways on advancing the progress and safety of future autonomous vehicles, while helping cities become smarter in the process. Tactile, a company with offices in Israel, Germany, and the U.S., has developed software that culls … [Read more...] about Driverless cars can only take you so far. This is how smarter cities are being built
By Khurram Zia Khan Published: October 21, 2018 0 SHARES Share Tweet Email More than 125,000 forms have already been downloaded from the NADRA website. In keeping with the theme of ‘change’, the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) government recently launched the Naya Pakistan Housing Programme, aiming to build five million homes in five years. It is evident from the very start that a project of this magnitude will require a lot more input than just land, which the government will be providing. And while they say they will not be involved in construction directly, arranging funds to provide basic amenities to residents alone will be a herculean task. We have launched our most ambitious, landmark housing policy of building 5mn homes in 5 yrs. InshaAllah this will provide affordable houses for our less privileged strata of society, plus 6mn jobs, create demand in 40 industries directly involved in house building & attract FDI. — Imran Khan (@ImranKhanPTI) … [Read more...] about The Naya Pakistan Housing Scheme is a great initiative, but can it survive the curse of corruption?
Singapore is pushing out several new initiatives, including a drowning detection system, as part of its ongoing smart nation drive, whilst touting the importance of an open API-driven framework in driving such efforts. It also acknowledges the country needs to do more to improve its security posture, particularly in the aftermath of the SingHealth data breach. Smart city models are no longer a novelty, with countries such as China, Malaysia, and Germany embarking on various projects to improve their local environments and citizen services. Compared to other global smart city projects, though, Singapore is taking a different approach by creating common, open platforms, according to Minister-in-Charge of Smart Nation Vivian Balakrishnan, who is also the country's foreign affairs minister.With this open ecosystem, comprising open access to data, APIs (application programming interfaces), and toolboxes, both its citizens and private sector then would be able to create and develop services, … [Read more...] about Singapore touts open platforms in smart nation drive, acknowledges need to do better in security