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[ News ] Posted on Friday, November 21, 2014 - 13:06
With corporates back in act with hiring, growth and consolidation, deals for leasing office space are on the surge. Requirement for office space in selected metros is raised by about 30 percent. In the biggest office leasing deal, homegrown eCommerce giant Flipkart has leased around 3 million sq ft of principal office space in Bangalore from realty firm Embassy group at an yearly rent of Rs 300... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Friday, November 21, 2014 - 09:21
Urban areas experience a lot of vehicular congestion and traffic jams cost us millions of dollars every day through wasted time, environmental pollution, and increased stress. The City of Nairobi is no exception and due to this a “Transport and Urban Decongestion Committee” was set up by Governor Evans Kidero to look into the best solutions to deal with Nairobi’s congestion. The Committee... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Friday, November 21, 2014 - 08:38
Public transport powered by human waste and sewage could be the next big trend in sustainable energy. For real. The U.K.’s “Bio-Bus” embarked on its maiden voyage today, running entirely on biomethane gas produced by treating waste and sewage at a plant run by thebiotechnology company GENeco. The 40-seat bus operated by Bath Bus Company will ferry passengers between Bath and Bristol Airport. It... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Friday, November 21, 2014 - 08:10
Tel Aviv was awarded this year’s World Smart Cities Award presented at a gala dinner last night during the Smart City Expo and World Congress in Barcelona. Israel’s largest city was recognised for its initiatives in digitally connecting and engaging citizens with the municipality’s activities. A Residents Club, free Wi-Fi across the city and its own city App are several services the city offers... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Friday, November 21, 2014 - 08:00
Connection to nature is one of four primary qualities that generate a strong sense of place in a city or town, according to urbanist Richard Florida. Other qualities include: Walkable urban form; history and historic preservation; and culture and arts.  The first quality is why beach and mountain towns are so appealing. But some of the most dramatic juxtapositions with nature are possible in big... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Friday, November 21, 2014 - 07:47
Bosco Verticale by Boeri Studio has won the 2014 International Highrise Award, deeming it to be the “most beautiful and innovative highrise in the world.” Selected from acompetitive shortlist of towers by Rem Koolhass, Steven Holl and Jean Nouvel, the forested highrise was praised by the jury for bringing 800 trees and 14 thousand plants to the Milan skyline. “The Vertical Forest is an... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Thursday, November 20, 2014 - 10:51
By Charley Cameron The first 100 passengers hopped aboard Japan’s new blazing fast ‘floating’ Maglev train last week. The Series L0 train developed by Japan’s JR Central Railway Company is set to go into full service in 2027, but fans of super high-speed rail got their first taste of the 311mph train along a 27 mile route between the cities of Uenohara and Fuefuki. The Series L0 uses a magnetic... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Thursday, November 20, 2014 - 10:17
By Paul Wallis Forget the hype, check out the fact. The patterns of CO2 circulation in the atmosphere, particularly in the Northern Hemisphere, are pretty repulsive looking things. China’s notorious smog is clearly visible, and the United States isn’t much better. The video covers a period of one year. The Northern Hemisphere is pretty much covered, constantly, with CO2. The Southern Hemisphere... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Wednesday, November 19, 2014 - 11:21
Cities worldwide face the pressing challenge of growing motorcycle fleets and remarkable increases in related traffic fatalities. With streets ill-prepared and motor-bikes whizzing in every direction, the scene might best be described as urban transport anarchy. The problem is especially grim in low- and middle-income countries, and poses a major challenge to meeting the goals of the United... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Wednesday, November 19, 2014 - 11:14
Pay phones are dead in New York City. Well, that's not entirely true—three (just three) will be maintained in their current form. The rest are in the process of being reborn. They're going to look like giant iPhones (pictured above) standing reassuringly on street corners. Befitting their futuristic new form, they will be called "links". Yesterday, the city's Department of Information Technology... Read more