Smarter Cities

Belgium

Smart Cities Won't Save The Planet: We Need Low-Tech Cities

The concept of smart cities is a kind of received wisdom among planners and technologists, but ou...

United States

In U.S., Turning Sewage Plants Into Travel Destinations

In some western states, utilities are flipping the script on waste-water treatment, transforming ...

France

After The Demise Of Paris' Pioneering Electric Car Sharing System

PARIS — This past summer, Parisians bid adieu to Autolib', a pioneering electric-car-sharing service that came to a premature demise after operating for fewer than seven years. But that ...

Switzerland

Design And Ecology, An Ugly Truth About Green Energy

Alternative energy projects might be good for the environment. But with a few exceptions, they're...

South Korea

Welcome To Songdo, South Korea: The Smartest Of Smart Cities

Many have hailed the innovations of Songdo, a planned community near the South Korean capital of ...

Andorra

How Tiny Andorra Became A Major Hub In Smart Cities Movement

ANDORRA LA VELLA — Perched in the Pyrenees between Spain and France, Andorra — with fewer than 80,000 inhabitants — is as small as it is remote. And yet, the European micro-nation is ...

Switzerland

Sounds Of The City: Why Urban Acoustics Matter

In Switzerland, some local governments are turning to sound specialists to make cityscapes easier...

Panama

Building With Bottles On A Panamanian Island

COLÓN ISLAND — As the world continues to bury itself in plastic bottles, a few pioneers are coming up with clever ways to put all that refuse to good ...

France

Wooden Skyscrapers? A New Market Rising In Eiffel's Iron Shadow

France has long been an innovator in building materials, from the steel splendor of the Eiffel To...

United States

Applied Mathematics To Design The Perfect Future City

"The city is a complex form for which there exists no equivalent in nature..."

Colombia

How Green Urban Design Lowers Risk Of Climate Change Disaster

Saving rainwater and increasing green spaces are two small steps shown to help fight the ravages ...

Switzerland

Mudbrick Modern: Architecture Dusts Off Old (Green) Ways

Ignored during the 20th century, mudbrick is reappearing in modern Swiss construction. Not only i...

France

Not Just For Profit, Big Data's Enormous Capacity For Good

By next year, there will be three times more connected objects than humans on earth, all containi...

Spain

Smart Cities International: Bogota Blooms, E-Deliveries, LGBT Signs

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China

The Illusions That Are China's Eco-Cities

TIANJIN — A stone's throw from the highly polluted Bohai Gulf, the Tianjin eco-city is like a mirage. Its buildings, surrounded by trees, offer a rare green and airy ...

France

Worldcrunch Staff Picks Our 24 Best Stories Of 2015

PARIS — Our fair-minded but ever subjective staff of journalists, translators and editors have chosen what we believe to be the year's most engaging and ...

Russia

Smart Cities International: Wearable Berlin, Underwater Future, Open Montreal

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France

French Tech Imagines New Cities With 3D Simulations

To both improve cities and conquer markets, companies are turning to urban simulators with the in...

Argentina

Refugees And City Planning, An Unlikely Urbanist Opportunity

The global refugee crisis forces us to rethink city planning and housing, with more focus on assu...

India

In India, A Massive Hindu Pilgrimage Is An Urbanism Experiment

Hosting 30 million people in the world's largest pilgrimage, Nashik is a temporary exampl...

China

China And The Ghosts Of "Great Leap Forward" Urbanization

-Analysis- BEIJING — A recent United Nations report predicted that the year 2017 will be the turning point for China's demography. After reaching its ...