Breakthroughs, trends and innovations from cities around the globe
Cities are passing laws that require growth to be upward, taxing unoccupied dwellings and adding buffers to limit expansion, Apolitical reports.
A typical superblock consists of nine square blocks, with the periphery open to all traffic but only local access to interior streets, Vox reports.
The urban innovation contest will focus on ways to help U. S. cities bolster talent, economic prosperity and civic engagement, the Knight Foundation says.
Chicago and Kansas City are reviving vacant buildings as Newark and Birmingham pursue urban food strategies, the New York Times reports.
The Building and Construction Authority will use the rotating lab to test a variety of innovations for the interior and facades of tropical structures.
The software designed by Amnesty International Brazil features crowd-sourced data on shootouts, location, injuries and fatalities, PRI reports.
Elevated walkways shelter pedestrians from the elements, fumes and noise, allowing them to navigate cities with ease, Places Journal reports.
South Korea’s fourth largest city is its first to adopt a long-range wireless network for self-driving cars and other innovations, TechCrunch reports.
A Mexican startup has teamed with LoJack on a fleet of unmanned aircraft that can augment law enforcement, Fusion.net reports.
Two small U. S. cities are experimenting with mobility concepts that could serve as templates for other municipalities, NPR reports.
Gizmodo reports on “Project Sidewalk.”
The New Urbanism Film Festival in Toronto is screening 30 short documentaries on neighborhood revitalization, urban farming, cycling culture and other topics.
Digital literacy, telemedicine and mobile birth certificates are among the ‘smart’ city technologies that would help poorer communities, Mail & Guardian Africa says.