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Giovanni Silva
6 days ago
Giovanni Silva
Smart City Expert

Amsterdam newspaper Het Parool announced that as of September the city of Amsterdam will start removing bikes belonging to bike sharing services, which are placed in public space.

Alderman Pieter Litjens announced that the goal of bike sharing concepts is to reduce the number of bikes in public space. In reality however it proves that the number of bicycles is rising as a result of bike sharing concepts. ‘The city wants to put a hold on that’.

Since the introduction last year, the number of bike sharing bicycles has increased explosively, to such an extent that the bikes are becoming a burden for the city. Last May, Danish company Donkey Republic placed 360 bikes in the city. And next to Donkey Republic, Amsterdam contains four other bike sharing services.

Amsterdam city law forbids the offering of services on or alongside public streets, making the services of bike sharing systems like oBike, Donkey Republic and Flickbike illegal.

In the last years, the city has put much efforts in removing aboned bikes in the crowded bicycle racks. And now the racks are becoming full again with sharing bikes. Therefore the city is working on a central policy to enforce removing the bikes.

Jaime González
last week
Jaime González
Independent Professional

The world is rapidly urbanizing. The United Nations predicts that the number of people living in cities could double by 2050 — to 6.5 billion.

To accommodate growing populations, cities like Paris, New York, and Tokyo are building more housing and public resources, including parks, schools, and subways, as part of large redevelopment plans.

LABCITIES
2 weeks ago
LABCITIES
By Joan Torres

In 2014, the new Indian government declared its intention to achieve 100 smart cities. In promoting this objective, it gave the example of a large development in the island city of Mumbai, Bhendi Bazaar. There, three-to-five-storey housing would be replaced with towers of between 40 to 60 storeys to increase density. This has come to be known as “vertical with a vengeance”.

We have obtained details of the proposed project from the developer and the municipal authorities. Using an extended urban metabolism model, which measures the impacts of the built environment, we have assessed its overall impact. We determined how the flows of materials and energy will change as a result of the redevelopment.

Our research shows that the proposal is neither smart nor sustainable.

LABCITIES
2 weeks ago
LABCITIES
By Joan Torres

Last week, Elon Musk tweeted out that he got "verbal approval" to build a hyperloop — a sealed tube where a pod carrying people or goods can travel free of air resistance — from New York to Washington D.C., with a travel time of 29 minutes. Though he's since walked it back a bit — saying, for example, that he still needed "formal approval" before starting.

As far-fetched as some of Musk's projects, like high-speed travel in a pod, going to Mars or a digitized human brain might sound, he's already proven many of his projects. He could leave a lasting legacy on cities, and how people move through them. Here's some of Musk's projects – and a look at what the disruptive technology could mean for cities.

Jason Black
2 weeks ago
Jason Black
Project Manager

When looking at Europe’s smart city readiness, the UK is behind on its smart city targets and is at risk of falling behind other European countries, according to research from Citi Horizons. Over 80 per cent of the 187 UK councils asked to take part in this research had limited awareness and little to no involvement in smart cities. The report also warned “it is clear that councils are unable to make smart, connected cities a priority”.

But how does a community become smart? The process is no simple task. Budget constraints, identifying priorities, finding best practice, navigating intricate technology, and engaging business and the community are all challenge areas.

Clearly this is a major problem – it’s not just that communities are struggling to prioritise for future programmes; an underlying problem may be that the primary conditions for a successful smart community have been overlooked: It is essential to have in place the right people with the right mind-set. The prevailin...

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