A 3D Model Of Boston For Better Urban Planning

A 3D Model of Boston for Better Urban Planning

  • May 22, 2018

The Boston Planning & Development Agency (BPDA) wants to analyse the impact of proposed building projects on the surrounding area in the early stages of urban planning process. To achieve that, they will use a Smart 3D City Model. A Web-Based Smart 3D City Model The 3D Smart Model was developed in collaboration with the City of Boston's Department of Innovation and Technology (DoIT) and ESRI. The model is available for public use for free…

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Living In A Well Designed Neighborhood Protects Health Of Kids From Poor Families

Living in a Well Designed Neighborhood Protects Health of Kids From Poor Families

  • May 17, 2018

Statistic shows that poor people generally have more health issues than wealthy people. However, a recent study by UC San Francisco has uncovered that the quality of a neighborhood where people live has an impact on people's health, too. Poor children living in a good neighborhood have better health than poor children living in a run-down neighborhood. Researchers from UCSF Department of Psychiatry compared levels of the stress hormone cortisol in 338 kindergartners from families with low income. "Cortisol is a measure of biological stress arousal,…

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New Mapping Software Measures Park Access And Helps Plan Improvements

New Mapping Software Measures Park Access and Helps Plan Improvements

  • May 14, 2018

The Trust for Public Land organization wants to ensure that every person in America has access to a park or natural area within 10-minute walk from home. To achieve this goal, the Trust for Public Land teamed up with Esri, a leading GIS software company. Together they developed a mapping software named ParkServe. It measures and analyzes current access to parks in cities across the USA. Mapping Software ParkServe ParkServe is an online tool which can be…

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We’re Invited To Showcase At Pioneers ’18 &  Pioneers GovTech

We’re Invited to Showcase at Pioneers ’18 & Pioneers GovTech

  • May 11, 2018

What is Pionners? Pioneers Festival is the ultimate meeting point where 2500 bold, pioneering entrepreneurs look into the future and beyond. A global community of selected startups, executives and investors join forces under the roof of the 500-year-old Hofburg Imperial Palace in Vienna to redefine human tech frontiers. A yearly event of which the 2017 edition won the Bea World 'Best Conference 2017' Award. GovTech Pioneers is Europe's first GovTech event…

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How Can Urban Planning Encourage Altruism And Community Interest?

How Can Urban Planning Encourage Altruism and Community Interest?

  • May 10, 2018

One of the motives to become an urban planning professional is to help create better living conditions for the people. An urban planner plans the land use in a way that will serve the community best. But what can we do when the well being of the community clashes with the well being of the individual? Urban planners must often promote decisions that are good for the community in long term, but require some sacrifices…

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Green Building Is Not Enough: We Need Green Zoning

Green Building is Not Enough: We Need Green Zoning

  • May 7, 2018

Cities are looking for ways to save energy and resources and to reduce pollution. Toronto, Seattle and San Francisco for example have developed a set of green building standards to lower their carbon footprint. But building low energy houses from ecological materials is not enough. Why optimizing urban form isn't the only factor to consider? The biggest source of pollution and energy consumption in many cities is driving with cars. People who live in a walking distance…

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This Urban Design Project Encourages Kids To Learn Through Play

This Urban Design Project Encourages Kids to Learn Through Play

  • May 3, 2018

Research shows that playing - especially at an early age - helps children to develop their capabilities better. But children have less and less time to play. The kindergartens often have structured programs that do not allow much time for play. Parents often don't have time to play with children because of all the errands that need to be done after a busy day at work. How urban design can help?…

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How Can Adaptive Traffic Controls Ease Daily Commute

How Can Adaptive Traffic Controls Ease Daily Commute

  • April 21, 2018

Adaptive traffic control system (ATCS) is a traffic management strategy where the timing of traffic lights changes according to actual traffic demand. And the city of Aberdeen is among the first that plans to implement the system in order to optimize the daily commute in the urban environment. Currently there are 15 traffic signals along Sixth Avenue governed with a master controller. "It's far better than when they were all independent," said Public Works Director Robin Bobzien. The…

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3 New Technologies That Will Improve Our Cities

3 new technologies that will improve our cities

  • April 17, 2018

In the last years many new technologies emerged that help us make our daily lives easier.  Could some of these technologies be used to help with governing and designing the cities as well? We think the answer is yes. Here are 3 of them and ways in which they can be used to improve our cities... Augmented and Virtual Reality Virtual reality is a computer generated scenario where all the environment and events are made by…

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Citizens Are Partners, Not Test Subjects

Citizens are partners, not test subjects

  • April 10, 2018

Cities should make the lives of their residents easier and better. Implementing changes that do not serve the citizens would be a mistake. That is why city leaders should encourage citizens to participate in making decision about the city's future. A good example of this is how city of Minneapolis updated its comprehensive plan. The city's new comprehensive plan is transparently displayed on a decicated website and residents are encouraged to submit their suggestions…

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