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Intelligent Transportation Vital for Smart Cities

March 17, 2014 - in Projects, Transportation

With more than two-thirds of the global population expected to live in urban contexts by 2050, the deployment of smart cities technologies and intelligent transportation services in particular, will become key policy areas for local governments. By 2025, penetration…

Lancashire Takes High Tech Horizons Approach to Asset Management with Yotta

November 22, 2013 - in Corporate, Maintenance, Transportation

The UK's Lancashire County Council is improving its road network asset management with a new web-based managed service from Yotta. The Horizons Visualised…

NashvilleNext Lets Residents Map their Future

October 14, 2013 - in Planning

Working in teams of seven or eight, participants at Saturday’s Plan Nashville event used maps and stickers representing different kinds of growth to…

RIEGL Launches the LMS-Q1560 Airborne Mapping System for High-Altitude Capture

June 26, 2013 - in Uncategorized

RIEGL Laser Measurement Systems introduced their new airborne laser mapping system LMS-Q1560 at the RIEGL LIDAR 2013 International User Conference. The RIEGL LMS-Q1560 introduces a new era in high altitude airborne mapping. This new ultra high performance,…

Calling for a New Deal for Urban Australia

May 3, 2013 - in Planning, Projects

A new plan to improve infrastructure funding and strategic planning in Australian cities has been released today by the Urban Coalition, a diverse coalition of built environment groups including the Urban Development Institute of Australia (UDIA). The plan,…

Leica RCD30 Oblique Camera Produces Accurate 3D Urban Models

October 10, 2012 - in Corporate, Modeling, Sensors

Leica Geosystems, the world’s leading manufacturer of airborne mapping solutions, released the Leica RCD30 Oblique medium format camera. The camera system is specifically designed for high accuracy 3D urban mapping and 3D corridor mapping applications. …

DIY Urbanism Makes Creative Use of Public Spaces

September 29, 2012 - in Planning, Smart Cities

Unlike government’s top-down approach to planning, DIY urbanism (also called “tactical urbanism”) is usually bottom-up with an emphasis on creative uses for public spaces. It also tends to be inexpensive. Converting parking spaces into miniature parks…

Headline: Do Democrats Hate Cities?

September 10, 2012 - in Uncategorized

As the Democrats packed up and left Charlotte, N.C., this week, the New York Times posted a nifty interactive feature that let you see how often certain words and phrases were used in speeches at both parties’ conventions. The usual suspects got plenty…

Urban Trees Reveal Income Inequality

June 4, 2012 - in Environment

Research published a few years ago shows a tight relationship between per capita income and forest cover. The study’s authors tallied total forest cover for 210 cities over 100,000 people in the contiguous United States using the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s…

A Design to Save American Cities

May 30, 2012 - in Projects, Renewal/Retrofit

When Brent Ryan started doing academic research on Detroit, in the 1990s, he was immediately taken aback by the city’s plight: derelict commercial buildings, burnt-out homes and whole neighborhoods being abandoned. “I was really struck by the amount of…