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Urban India and Planning for Sustainable Cities

May 19, 2012 - in Announcement, Projects, Smart Cities

India is rapidly urbanising and is at a crucial juncture in its development.  The urbanisation phenomenon has both positive and negative effects.  It could be argued that appropriate urban development policies and planning methodology can use the potential…

Norrköping Empowers its Citizens in Urban Planning

May 17, 2012 - in Corporate, Planning

In a new innovative service on the web the City of Norrköping in Sweden empowers its citizens to plan the future city centre. The project was initiated…

Better Technology for Planners Also Means More Citizen Participation

May 16, 2012 - in Planning

The electronic communications and high-tech, computing revolutions have changed planning for the better since the 1970’s and 1980’s. The tools available…

Can a New Model for Cities Thrive in Honduras?

May 14, 2012 - in Planning, Smart Cities

Economist Paul Romer believes he can create and launch a new city in much the same way tech companies create and launch startups. Looking to Hong Kong and China’s Shenzen for inspiration, Romer’s theory is that the rules and organizational structures of…

Cities Convene to Learn from Portland on EcoDistricts

May 13, 2012 - in Smart Cities

The Portland Sustainability Institute hosted teams from 10 cities this week for the first ever EcoDistricts Institute, a three-day educational program. The institute, which wrapped up Thursday, included delegates from Boston, Philadelphia, Cleveland, San Francisco,…

Centre for Liveable Cities Singapore Focuses on Government First

May 10, 2012 - in Smart Cities

Sustainability, says Cheng Hsing Yao of Singapore's Centre for Liveable Cities, is like an iceberg. Underneath the hard exterior of a city's infrastructure, such as green buildings or energy-efficient power grids, a whole host of factors from extensive master…

More Than 12,000 Acres Atop LA City Rooftops Provide Huge Opportunity For Solar Development

May 9, 2012 - in Analysis, Energy, Projects

The City of Los Angeles has more than 12,000 acres of prime space for solar development on the rooftops of local homes, businesses and multi-family buildings, with capacity to create as much as five gigawatts of clean, locally generated power, according to…

City of Calgary Conducts an Energy Mapping Study

May 8, 2012 - in Analysis, Energy, Planning, Projects

In July of 2008, the Canadian Urban Institute partnered with Enermodal Engineering and Decision Economics Consulting Ltd. to undertake the Energy Mapping Study for the City of Calgary. The study provides direction to the City about which alternative building…

Onuma Aims to Revolutionize Architecture with BIM

April 27, 2012 - in Interview

Kimon Onuma is president and founder of Onuma, creators of the Onuma Planning System (OPS). This software tool is a Building Information Modeling (BIM) environment with web-enabled data sharing and knowledge management for the design, construction and management…