September 2018 | Modelur
Estimate A City’s Carbon Footprint With Google Maps

Estimate a city’s carbon footprint with Google maps

  • September 29, 2018

On September 10th, Google launched an online tool that can estimate the carbon footprint of a city. The tool estimates carbon emissions from all the buildings and transportation in the city. In addition, the tool evaluates the rooftop solar potential of the city buildings. The tool is called the Environmental Insights Explorer and was created in partnership with the Global Covenant of Mayors for Climate and Energy.   The purpose of Environmental Insights Explorer is to help cities estimate their carbon…

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Data Sharing: What’s The Worst That Could Happen?

Data Sharing: What’s the Worst that Could Happen?

  • September 13, 2018

Private transportation companies gather a lot of data about transit patterns of citizens. This data could help local authorities shape good transportation policies. But once the data is in possession of the local government authorities, the data becomes public property. Anyone can request access to this data and that could create some security and privacy issues. Therefore, a policy is needed that will regulate transit data sharing. New challenges “We have a responsibility to understand what…

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Using Behavioral Sciences To Create Playable Cities

Using Behavioral Sciences to Create Playable Cities

  • September 3, 2018

The term 'playable cities' describes an urban design approach that seeks to put playfulness and entertainment in outdoor daily life activities. Playing is especially important for children. Physical activity and brain stimulation help children to stay healthy and develop skills like creativity and critical thinking. Nowadays, parents work long hours, children have school, homework and other activities. All this leaves less time for parents to take their children to playgrounds. But a proper urban design can create opportunities to play…

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