Cities get smart: urban innovation – in pictures

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January 5, 2014 at 12:48 am  •  Posted in News  •  0 Comments

In the future, cities will turn to both high- and low-tech ways to grow and innovate. Here’s a look at some of the new and prospective design innovations.

Vertical farming and urban orchards
By 2050 the world will be inhabited by 9 billion people and mixed-use skyscrappers are a perfect example of how to use these buildings as greenhouses to provide food for masses.

Smart lampposts
Replacing current lampposts bulbs with LED lighting and using sensors to detect when drivers are on the road could reduce a city’s lighting bill by 80%. Some cities are using lampposts to monitor CO2 emissions, noise levels and act as wi-fi hubs.

Urban transport designs
In Barcelona, the city is looking to replace their outdated bus system with a simple grid running north-south and east-west. Making any journey possible with only one change, requiring fewer electric buses.

Mixed-use buildings and inner-city energy generation
A new trend in modern city infrastructure is mixed-use. Like London’s Olympic Park development which provided a new sports stadium, the largest park in Europe, a university, allotment space and affordable housing.

Central/integrated operations center
The operations center is the heart of a smart city. Sensors and computers can tell us how many people use the city, transportation efficiency and when and where energy is used.

Smart bins
In London’s Square Mile there are more than 100 smart bins that feature live broadcasting, traffic information and can communicate with mobile devices through wi-fi and bluetooth.

See more innovations in the full article: The Guardian

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