“Smart” cities herald a new age where information technology, not roads, buildings or bridges, will form the core infrastructure. A network of sensors, cameras, wireless devices, data centres and powerful analytics will enable the government to provide more efficient services, maintain a low carbon footprint and create an entrepreneurial environment for its citizens. Given the potential for such intelligent governance, cities with digital infrastructures are called “smart” cities. Today, there are over 125 smart city projects of varying sizes all over the world, including new cities like Songdo in South Korea and Masdar in the UAE, and existing cities like Stockholm and Rio de Janeiro.
[Link to Is Your City Smart Enough?]
How many rooms in your home? This has been a census question in the UK since 1871. But what does the number and type of rooms say about how houses have evolved over the centuries?
[Link to The story of our rooms]
Between 2000 and 2010, new suburbs sprung up in unholy rings around the U.S.'s major cities, but these maps show that a tiny heartbeat of life is still resurgent in urban centers.
[Link to Are U.S. Cities Like Detroit Really Dying?]
Duncan shares an excellent compilation of photographs depicting New York, San Francisco, Dubai, Shanghai, and Newcastle through the ages. He throws in the Upsala Glacier in Argentina for good measure or rather to measure the impact of global warming
[Link to The World: Now and then]
Here’s what Generation Y doesn’t want: formal living rooms, soaker bathtubs, dependence on a car.
In other words, they don’t want their parents’ homes.
What do *you* want?
[Link to No McMansions for Millennials]