Can living walls make our cities more sustainable?

Tel Aviv-based company, Vertical Field, is launching “the largest ever research study” on the impact smart living walls have on health and the environment in urban areas. Vertical Field, which provides smart living walls and vertical fields for leading companies like Facebook and Apple, has partnered with professor Itamar Lensky and colleagues from Bar-Ilan University […]

Ignore liveable cities rankings – they do citizens a disservice by trying to quantify urban life

Oli Mould, lecturer in Human Geography, at London’s Royal Holloway University, says it is time to ignore city rankings because they do more harm than good. At last count, there were over 500 rankings that pit cities around the world against each other: from the most intricately measured quality of life indices, to infographics of […]

How does a city get to be ‘smart’? This is how Tel Aviv did it

Smart cities, digital cities, virtual cities, connected cities. Are these just trendy buzzwords? Christine Steinmetz takes a look. These types of cities are supported by infrastructure that is more than bricks and mortar. These cities are smart (thoughtful, people-centric), digital (driven by data acquisition, measured, analysed and sometimes exchanged) and virtual (experiential). And, as a […]

Five ways buildings of the future will use biotech to become living things

Can buildings become a part of nature? Martyn Dade-Robertson, co-director of the Hub for Biotechnology in the Built Environment, Newcastle University, lists five ways buildings of the future might become living, breathing things. What if our homes were alive? I don’t mean smart homes with the disembodied voice of Alexa deciding the setting for your living room […]

How autonomous transport will shape our cities’ future