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Let’s Embed Mobile Sensors in Cars to Avoid Traffic | The Atlantic
The next time you’re sitting in bumper-to-bumper traffic on a highway, think about how we need to make smarter decisions about how we manage traffic. The technology exists — if it’s used in the right way — to decrease traffic backups. But you can’t solve traffic problems until you understand them.

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Let’s Embed Mobile Sensors in Cars to Avoid Traffic | The Atlantic

The next time you’re sitting in bumper-to-bumper traffic on a highway, think about how we need to make smarter decisions about how we manage traffic. The technology exists — if it’s used in the right way — to decrease traffic backups. But you can’t solve traffic problems until you understand them.

By 2017, the City of Portland will have experienced a net positive return on investment in its bicycle infrastructure of $500 million in healthcare savings and $200 million fuel savings.

Gotschi, Thomas. Costs and benefits of bicycling investments in Portland, Oregon. Journal of Physical Activity and Health, 2011,8 (Suppl 1), S49-S58.

via oregon metro regional active transportation plan, aug. 2013 draft, pg.19.

(via citymaus)

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Future Cities Of Floating Villas And Parks, Made From Ocean Plastic | FastCompany
The Maas river runs through France, Belgium, the Netherlands, and empties into the North Sea. It also carries huge amounts of Europe’s trash from its cities into the ocean. Inspired by what’s floating by, Dutch architect Ramon Knoester and his firm WHIM have spent the last four years dreaming up ways to turn one of our greatest environmental ills into built utopias on water. Knoester’s latest vision: Floating parks and villas.

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Future Cities Of Floating Villas And Parks, Made From Ocean Plastic | FastCompany

The Maas river runs through France, Belgium, the Netherlands, and empties into the North Sea. It also carries huge amounts of Europe’s trash from its cities into the ocean. Inspired by what’s floating by, Dutch architect Ramon Knoester and his firm WHIM have spent the last four years dreaming up ways to turn one of our greatest environmental ills into built utopias on water. Knoester’s latest vision: Floating parks and villas.

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IBM People For Smarter Cities: Sustainable Furniture

East London Furniture builds sustainable furniture from 100% recycled materials, such as used pallets thrown away on the side of the road. They take something that exists and make it better, making East London better.

Learn more smart ideas at http://www.people4smartercities.com

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Open Data’s Road to Better Transit | Government Technology
Data is everywhere. It now costs less to capture, store and process data than ever before, thanks to better technology and economies of scale. And more than ever, the public expects government to use data to improve its services. Increasingly, government’s problem is not capturing the data, but having sufficient resources to clean and analyze the information in order to address issues, improve performance and make informed decisions.

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Open Data’s Road to Better Transit | Government Technology

Data is everywhere. It now costs less to capture, store and process data than ever before, thanks to better technology and economies of scale. And more than ever, the public expects government to use data to improve its services. Increasingly, government’s problem is not capturing the data, but having sufficient resources to clean and analyze the information in order to address issues, improve performance and make informed decisions.

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MIT maps PV potential for Cambridge, MA | Green Futures Magazine
A new 3D map covering 17,000 rooftops in Cambridge, Massachusetts, means communities can estimate the benefits of installing photovoltaic panels on a particular building at a glance. The Mapdwell Project, developed by MIT’s Sustainable Design Lab, combines Google satellite imagery with light detection and ranging data. It improves on previous models by taking account of roof shapes, physical obstructions and weather conditions offering a more accurate calculation of potential hourly solar energy production.

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MIT maps PV potential for Cambridge, MA | Green Futures Magazine

A new 3D map covering 17,000 rooftops in Cambridge, Massachusetts, means communities can estimate the benefits of installing photovoltaic panels on a particular building at a glance. The Mapdwell Project, developed by MIT’s Sustainable Design Lab, combines Google satellite imagery with light detection and ranging data. It improves on previous models by taking account of roof shapes, physical obstructions and weather conditions offering a more accurate calculation of potential hourly solar energy production.

I too believe that cities are the way to live in the future. There are things we need to consider and accomplish in order to create healthy worthwhile environments for all to live in.

1barefootgirl explains why she’s supporting our campaign to make #urbanism a featured tag.  If you agree, then help jumpstart #urbanism by using the tag and help us spread the word! You can always send us an ask message to tell us why you think #urbanism is important and why you’re supporting the campaign! (via thisbigcity)
High-tech parking meters detect vehicles and charge accordingly
Parking in the city can be a nightmare, which is why startups such as ParkTag have aimed to use crowdsourced data to let drivers know when a space becomes free near them. Now KERBspace is using tech to help parking meter operators to make the ticketing process more seamless. READ MORE…

High-tech parking meters detect vehicles and charge accordingly

Parking in the city can be a nightmare, which is why startups such as ParkTag have aimed to use crowdsourced data to let drivers know when a space becomes free near them. Now KERBspace is using tech to help parking meter operators to make the ticketing process more seamless. READ MORE…