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[ News ] Posted on Wednesday, July 8, 2015 - 15:32
Cities have been turning to LED street lights to save energy costs for a few years. Now, they’re also using the technology to enhance emergency communication, Jeffrey Spivak reports for Urban Land.  In downtown Chattanooga, Tennessee, a public park turned dangerous each night as rival gangs moved in. The park’s safety improved dramatically after the city added lights that police could remotely... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Monday, July 6, 2015 - 13:31
Dubai’s skyline boasts the world’s tallest skyscraper. Soon, it will also have the world’s first 3D-printed office building, Andrew Torchia reports for Reuters. The one-story office is to be constructed over a few weeks by a two-story tall 3D printer. Even the furniture and other interior features would be manufactured with the printer. The project is a collaboration between Dubai and Winsun, a... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Thursday, July 2, 2015 - 07:55
The widespread use of digital technology – including satellite imagery, body cameras and smart phones – is fast becoming a new tool in monitoring and capturing human rights violations worldwide. Singling out the role of Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs), the U.N. Special Rapporteur on Summary Executions Christof Heyns says: “We have all seen how the actions of police officers and... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Thursday, July 2, 2015 - 07:47
Up to 11,000 Australian dental patients were urged to see their doctors Thursday over fears they may have been exposed to HIV and hepatitis due to hygiene breaches at clinics in Sydney. New South Wales Health said 12 dentists from four surgeries were accused of poor cleaning and equipment sterilisation practices and advised patients to get blood tests for HIV as well as Hepatitis A, B and C as a... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Thursday, July 2, 2015 - 07:40
North Korea has opened its new airport terminal in the capital, hailing it as a showcase of leader Kim Jong-Un's "unremitting efforts" to put the country's air transport on a world level. Terminal 2 of Pyongyang International Airport, which is reserved for international civilian flights, opened for service Wednesday, state media said. "The terminal was built in a modern way from the gatepost to... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Thursday, July 2, 2015 - 07:33
According to a new report from the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR), ISIS, in the first year since it established a "caliphate," has executed 3,027 people, including 74 children and 143 of their own members. The new report, issued on June 29, details the nature and extent of the executions, with "many of the charges against those executed being recorded as blasphemy and spying, but... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Thursday, July 2, 2015 - 07:22
Does your city need a shrink? Robert Sullivan reports for the New York Times Magazine that psychiatrists are sensitive to the effects that broken neighborhoods have on public health. They can diagnose forms of “community trauma” that city leaders and architects might overlook. To help neighborhoods heal, they prescribe fresh approaches to urban design. This month’s reopening of a historic bridge... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Thursday, July 2, 2015 - 07:04
Outdoor advertising is transforming cities by helping tackle population growth and serving as a vital public information resource, according to a new report. Out of home, into the city: transforming cities by engaging citizens, commissioned by the Clear Channel Outdoor advertising company and seen exclusively by Cities Today, highlights new research in seven European cities–London, Paris, Dublin... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Sunday, June 14, 2015 - 15:02
In the next 40 years, climate change is expected to cause 150 million people worldwide to leave their homes and migrate elsewhere. According to a report by the Environmental Justice Foundation, this puts 10 percent of the global population at risk of displacement. These climate refugees are likely to relocate because of rising sea levels, water scarcity, desertification and other climate-... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Sunday, June 14, 2015 - 14:58
If Google were to solve urban problems as it solves digital ones, would the world be safer? Get ready because this is precisely the ambition of the Internet giant, which has just announced a new company that will work at the intersection of the digital and the real world. Sidewalk Labs has been created with the mission to improve life in cities through technology. New technologies have... Read more