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Sustainable Cities Conference to Help Advance a Sustainable Urban Future

October 9, 2012 - in Announcement

The Sustainable Cities Conference, including a Land Lab Competition aimed at catalyzing innovative ideas for sustainability projects on St. Louis’ vacant lots, will be held Nov. 1-3. Sponsored by the WUSTL Office of Sustainability, in partnership with many…

Taming Growth: Can Rowdy Cities Like Karachi be Planned?

August 26, 2012 - in Planning

Joan Clos, executive director of the United Nations Settlements Programme, UN-Habitat, asserts that the stages of a city’s growth are marked by ‘drivers…

New Zealand Pulls Together Those Working on Sustainable City Planning

August 24, 2012 - in Projects, Smart Cities

The Government of New Zealand is investing $9 million on a research project around urban planning. The project is being lead by the New Zealand Centre…

Do-It-Yourself Urban Design in the Help-Yourself City

August 23, 2012 - in Planning

As the geographer and urbanist Edward Soja wrote in 2000, “Something extraordinary happened to cities in the late 20th century.” This is one of the simpler statements ever penned by the usually verbose theorist, yet it still says a mouthful. The city of…

As Climate Changes, Urban Planners Help Cities Adapt

August 23, 2012 - in Planning, Smart Cities

A recent survey finds that “79 percent of cities worldwide report that in the past five years they perceived changes in temperature, precipitation, sea level, or natural hazards that they attribute to climate change.” JoAnn Carmin, co-author of the study,…

Esri Presents Honolulu Mayor Peter Carlisle with Making a Difference Award

July 24, 2012 - in Projects, Smart Cities

Esri today announced that the City and County of Honolulu was awarded one of the company’s annual Making a Difference Awards. Honolulu Mayor Peter Carlisle was honored for his administration’s ground-breaking use of geographic information systems (GIS)…

Canadian Cities Trying to Redefine What it Means to be an Urban Planner

July 7, 2012 - in Planning

When Rollin Stanley worked for the City of Toronto, he often joked that he didn’t “do suburbs.” Last month, shortly after he started a new job as Calgary’s top planning official, a local alderman presented him with a bumper sticker that read, “I…

Singapore Develops a New Modeling Tool to Test Urban Planning Solutions

July 3, 2012 - in Modeling, Planning, Smart Cities

Urban planners in Singapore are developing a cutting-edge technology aimed at making it easier to transform existing old towns to eco-friendly ones. The simulation tool will help planners visualise and identify the best urban design solutions. The Housing…

Virtual 3D City Maps Assist Urban Planning

June 22, 2012 - in Modeling, Planning, Projects

An innovative new synthesis of mapping technology and video game engineering is arming urban planners with “god-like” tools to create the cities of the future, according to Esri Australia’s 3D geospatial specialist Leonard Olyott. Speaking at this week’s…

Taiwan Gets New GIS for Disaster Prevention and Planning

June 14, 2012 - in Corporate, Emergency

Taiwan has a new geographic information system (GIS) for disaster prevention and planning for the Circum-Pacific seismic zone. Due to frequent high-impact seismic events, the government has made disaster prevention and effective urban planning a priority.…