Built environment

Czech city Brno is bringing new life to its tired brownfields

Fri, 2018-10-12 02:10 -- SCC Europe Staff

The Czech Republic’s second-largest city, Brno, sits in the center of the South Moravian Region and is home to nearly 400,000 inhabitants. With a prime position in Central Europe between the forested Bohemian-Moravian highlands and South Moravia lowlands, Brno offers both a beautiful natural environment, as well as an excellent infrastructure for business.

In Dijon, street lighting is key to becoming a smart city

Sun, 2018-09-09 01:54 -- SCC Europe Staff

The French city is joining forces with surrounding towns to embark on a €105 million information technology project that will improve city operations while helping save money on street lighting, traffic management and public safety. Working together with EDF's Citelum—as well as major French companies like Bouygues, Suez and Capgemini—the city plans to connect services like lighting through open data and smart city apps, thereby saving up to 65 percent in public lighting costs.

Moldova’s capital, Chisinau, is growing with green development

Fri, 2018-08-31 04:07 -- SCC Europe Staff

With Chisinau hosting over half of the country’s urban population, the city faces a number of social and environmental challenges. Here’s how the capital is rising to the occasion, developing infrastructure and services that are moving it in the direction of smart city status.

Greece’s first smart benches arrive in Athens

Mon, 2018-08-27 06:35 -- SCC Europe Staff

Rolling out in capitals like London, solar-powered smart benches take a normal piece of city furniture and make it something more than just a place to rest your weary legs. Smart benches offer passers-by modern-day conveniences like mobile charging and Wi-Fi access while collecting environmental data that can be used by local authorities.

Chicago's smart street lighting program: safer, brighter streets for all

Thu, 2018-08-23 14:14 -- Doug Peeples

Chicago's Smart Lighting Project will benefit the city and citizens with significant savings in energy and maintenance costs and improved lighting. But when the project launched one of its top priorities was to focus on public safety. Read our story to learn how.

NYC's Blueprint for Energy Efficiency: a big, bold plan to cut pollution

Thu, 2018-08-16 16:45 -- Doug Peeples

New York City has already done a lot to reduce pollution, but more needs to be done to ensure a sustainable, livable future. A new plan focusing on large building energy efficiency is intended to achieve that goal. Sure. It's a big city plan, but it contains tools cities of any size should be able to use.

Cluj-Napoca: the “Silicon Valley” of Eastern Europe

Tue, 2018-08-14 08:41 -- SCC Europe Staff

In an effort to solve public problems and promote sustainable development, Cluj-Napoca is boosting “economic engines” in the creative industries and university sector. Let’s take a look at how Romania’s second city is stepping up as a technology hub that’s been nicknamed the “Silicon Valley of Eastern Europe.”

A novel approach to navigating a city (and not getting lost)

Thu, 2018-07-26 13:48 -- Doug Peeples

Even with GPS and wayfinding apps it's still easy to get lost in an unfamiliar neighborhood while trying to find a building when you're not sure of its exact location. However, University of Hong Kong researchers have come up with a smart address system they say can eliminate the problem — indoors and out.

Is the planning profession ready for the future?

Tue, 2018-07-03 18:14 -- David Batchelor

If urban planning is to remain effective in guiding the development and growth of the technology-laden smart cities of the future, planners will likely have to become more tech-savvy to make the most of new forms of data and its sources in their decision making. Read our story for key insights from Wellington planner David Batchelor.