Map Action: Mapping Disasters Throughout The World When disaster strikes in any area of the World, one of the first questions that arises is ‘how can we effectively distribute information to mitigate the problem at hand’. Map Action attempt to solve this issue through providing maps such as the one seen below of the September 2010 Pakistan floods. Map Action is an organisation that are ready to respond 365 days a year with a team of professional GIS experts to create and distribute the required information. Evidently trying to prepare maps in a disaster zone creates several challenges. Smart parking just got smarter / SMART MOBILITY MANAGEMENT / News / Mobility industry Streetline and Cisco have debuted at Cisco Live!™, a jointly developed, camera-based detection solution that can work in conjunction with or lieu of in-ground sensors to detect parking space occupancy. "After two years of working with Cisco, we are thrilled to see new product developments come to fruition," said Zia Yusuf, Streetline CEO. "With the release of the video-based detection solution and the Streetline IoT Gateway for the CGR, we are disrupting the smart city space with offerings of parking solutions that are both technically robust and provide a real business value for customers." Streetline has expanded its sensing portfolio to include the dually developed detection solution with Cisco cameras. While in-ground sensors are highly effective for detecting vehicles in individually marked spaces, video can provide a level of efficacy for other use cases, such as unmarked zones and spaces.
ARCHITECTES, COWORKING, ESPACES EN RÉSEAUX /////////////////////PHOTO CI-DESSUS: La Nave, espace de coworking à Madrid/////////////////////“SPACE MATTERS”Space matters. It represents a prominent aspect of humanity’s existential nature – as the primordial basis of architecture and a basic prerequisite for our exploration of our world. Our entire lives are literally embedded in space. We are constantly surrounded, affected and shaped by it – whether consciously perceived or unconsciously experienced. Our spaces both reflect the values and power relationships in our societies and have the potential to alter them; spatial planning can be a powerful political actor.Source: space-matters-symposium.com/////////////////////
Digital-age transportation Executive summary Incredible innovations within the transportation sector are being driven by the growing recognition that cars, once synonymous with freedom and ease of mobility, have become a victim of their own success. In cities around the world, congestion is undermining mobility, imposing huge costs not just on commuters or people out to run a simple errand but on society as a whole. According to the Texas Transportation Institute, the average American commuter spent 34 hours delayed in traffic in 2010, up from 14 hours in 1982. If things don’t change, commuters can expect to spend more than 40 hours annually sitting in traffic by 2020.1 All told, the annual cost of congestion in America alone now exceeds $100 billion.2
Smart Cities and the Technology of Walking For more than a century, automobiles have been the preferred method of transportation in the U.S., providing an efficient means for getting us from place to place. In response to the expansive, sprawl-based development that has characterized the growth of many metropolitan areas over the years, cars increasingly became a must for navigating the vast ecosystem of arterials that connect us with work, home, and other places we frequent. In today’s auto-centric culture, the operative question for local and regional leaders as well as transportation planners is this: How do we address the growing list of public externalities ensuing from America’s perceived love affair with cars? Traffic congestion, parking demand, environmental issues, and more garner concern as today’s built environments increase in size and complexity. Shifting this current trajectory necessitates a new mindset—one requiring city leaders to think more like engineers and behavioral psychologists and less like regulators.
Social media helps aid efforts after typhoon Haiyan - environment - 12 November 2013 Ten million people affected. Half a million displaced. Ten thousand feared dead. Reinventing Parking: Is 30% of traffic actually searching for parking? A San Francisco Examiner headline asked that question recently. (Hat tip Parking Today blog) Should you care if you are not in San Francisco? Yes! That motorists searching for parking can add greatly to congestion is a very widely used argument for improved on-street parking management, especially performance pricing. To be precise, the Examiner article questions "the statistic that 30 percent of all congestion in the City is caused by frustrated drivers circling the block for that elusive parking space."
Macao: chronicle of an occupation Walking hastily past Formigoni's Pirellone bis building, many suddenly had an amusing thought: are the Lavoratori dell'arte completely mad? Could this be Macao? The group continued along Via Galvani towards Milan's central station but then, just after crossing Via Gioia, their thought became a certainty: they are mad! On Saturday, 5 May, the Torre GalFa — an acronym based on the fact that it stands on the corner of two streets: via GALvani and via FAra —, with all of its 31 floors and underground garages, became Europe's largest occupied space. The mobile government worker – Excerpt There’s no question that many public officials recognize the benefits of mobile. A 2011 survey of state government CIOs by the National Association of State Chief Information Officers (NASCIO) found that 58 percent of them consider mobile devices and apps either essential or a high priority for government. Public workers are even more gung-ho. As NASCIO puts it, “Even when mobile devices and apps are a priority, states struggle to keep up with state employee pressures to allow them to use personal mobile devices.”29 Workers recognize that mobile technology allows them to do their jobs better.
future everything Download Here. This publication aims to shift the debate on the future of cities towards the central place of citizens, and of decentralised, open urban infrastructures. It provides a global perspective on how cities can create the policies, structures and tools to engender a more innovative and participatory society. A Bottom-Up Smart City? Alicia Rouault at Data-Smart City Solutions: “America’s shrinking cities face a tide of disinvestment, abandonment, vacancy, and a shift toward deconstruction and demolition followed by strategic reinvestment, rightsizing, and a host of other strategies designed to renew once-great cities. Thriving megacity regions are experiencing rapid growth in population, offering a different challenge for city planners to redefine density, housing, and transportation infrastructure. As cities shrink and grow, policymakers are increasingly called to respond to these changes by making informed, data-driven decisions.