Pilsētvide, 07. April 2018

The 21 cities with the best quality of life in the world

Every year Mercer, one of the world’s largest HR consultancy firms, releases its Quality of Living Index, which looks at which cities provide the best quality of life. The ranking[...]
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Pilsētvide, 07. April 2018

7 Emerging Materials That Will Change Architecture

In a time that is so buzzing with technological development, the material prospects for architecture are truly fascinating. Find innovative materials for your next project through Architizer’s new community marketplace for[...]
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Pilsētvide, 07. April 2018

Passivhaus 101 — Passive House Definition, Explanation, & Examples

You’ve probably heard the phrase Passivhaus (which is German for “passive house”), and you have perhaps wondered what it meant exactly. So, what does the phrase actually refer to? Passivhaus/Passive[...]
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Pilsētvide, 07. April 2018

Sustainable Proposal Envisions Krakow's New Science Center as a Tiered Garden

OVO Grąbczewscy Architekci’s stacked garden-like proposal has been awarded third place in a competition for the new Małopolska Science Center in Krakow, Poland. The competition brief asked for the design of an innovative cultural institution with an iconic architectural[...]
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Pilsētvide, 07. April 2018

Schmidt Hammer Lassen Selected in Competition for Redevelopment of Riga Historic Quarter

Danish firm Schmidt Hammer Lassen Architects has been selected to design the redevelopment of Kimmel Quarter, a historic district in the heart of the Latvian capital of Riga, after an international competition. The 19th-century Kimmel Brewery complex, now mostly[...]
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Pilsētvide, 07. April 2018

Futuristic Illustrations Show What Architecture and Construction Will Look Like in 2030

In a world where technology is at the forefront of our lives, it’s hard to imagine that many of the jobs that are available now did not exist 10 years ago; uber[...]
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Pilsētvide, 07. April 2018

The Sharing Economy Needs to Be Better Partners With Cities

Most municipalities have abandoned their efforts to resist the Ubers and Airbnbs of the world. But there’s a lot both sides can do to heal the rift. In the course[...]
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Pilsētvide, 07. April 2018

Paris Plans a Suburban Forest Five Times the Size of Central Park

A green lung in the city’s northeastern suburbs. With its car bans, huge transit expansion, and radical pedestrianization plans, Paris has been developing quite a name for itself recently as an aggressive fighter[...]
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Pilsētvide, 07. April 2018

Automation, Artificial Intelligence, and the Changing Role of Building Managers

A follow-up to the question: Will increasing automation destroy jobs in facilities management? Building automation systems have been common for decades, providing comfort and achieving energy efficiency by managing HVAC,[...]
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Pilsētvide, 07. April 2018

National governments neglecting development needs of cities: report

Only one quarter of the world’s governments have urban development policies and most are not enough to make cities sustainable National governments around the world are neglecting the needs of[...]
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Pilsētvide, 07. April 2018

The Future of Housing: Drones, Automation and Co-Habitation

Humphreys and Partners, a Dallas-based architecture firm, presented a vision of future residential living at the 2018 International Builders’ Show earlier this year. Tackling current issues of affordable housing, sustainable design and how technology is changing the[...]
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Pilsētvide, 07. April 2018

How to Design Cities for Children

A billion kids are now growing up in urban areas. But not all cities are planned with their needs in mind. There’s a device called the Mosquito that emits an annoying sound[...]
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Pilsētvide, 07. April 2018

Urban Farming Is the Future of Agriculture

Surplus and Scarcity The planet is growing more food than ever, and yet millions of people continue to starve worldwide. People are hungry everywhere — in the country, in the suburbs. But increasingly, one[...]
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Pilsētvide, 07. April 2018

How Drones Can Be Used in Architecture (And How To Use Them Without Breaking the Law)

Small unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), commonly called drones, are gaining in popularity not only among the general public and consumers, but also among professionals working in the AEC industry. We’ve[...]
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Pilsētvide, 07. April 2018

Massive Urban Growth Will Challenge Smart City Design

The World Future Energy Summit in Abu Dhabi this week presented with some dizzying facts and figures that highlighted the challenge facing those who plan and build the smart cities of today and the[...]
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Pilsētvide, 07. April 2018

The state of smart city development in 7 charts

The hype around smart cities is significant and growing. As evidenced by consumer-facing exhibits like those found at CES 2018, terms such as “5G,” “autonomous vehicles” and “blockchain” have garnered[...]
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Pilsētvide, 07. April 2018

Störmer Murphy and Partners Will Design Germany’s First Wooden High-Rise

Germany’s first wooden high-rise, the “Wildspitze,” is being designed by Störmer Murphy and Partners. At 18 stories and 64 meters high, this residential tower will be one of Europe’s largest urban development projects. Located in Elbbrücken, a peninsula[...]
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Pilsētvide, 07. April 2018

8 remarkable skyscrapers and mega-projects that will debut in American cities in 2018

Across the United States, cities are in the middle of a construction boom. And several projects are nearly complete — from a skyscraper dubbed the “Jenga Tower” in Austin, Texas[...]
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Pilsētvide, 07. April 2018

Life At Sea? Six Futuristic Homes That Will Protect You From Climate Change

Flooding, drought, hurricanes, wildfires — extreme weather events, once infrequent, are becoming more common and powerful due to climate change. At the same time, growing numbers of people worldwide are moving[...]
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Pilsētvide, 07. April 2018

How Manufacturers Can Unite With Architects to Create Healthier Buildings

LTL Architects designed a new healthy home for the Helen R. Walton Children’s Enrichment Center. One of the most important ways architects can ensure the longevity and sustainability of a[...]
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Pilsētvide, 02. April 2018

From planning to partnerships: What's driving smart city initiatives around the world

While there is growing global interest in smart city applications, there are also significant challenges in scaling implementation and impact. Building on the success of its annual Energy Efficiency Indicator[...]
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Pilsētvide, 02. April 2018

Norway Plans a Sustainable “City of the Future”

IN BRIEF Oslo could soon be home to the most sustainable city in the world. This prospective city next to Oslo Airport will utilize green technologies and produce all of[...]
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Pilsētvide, 02. April 2018

Can London Become a People-Centric Smart City?

“That’s no easy step—it involves investment in human beings, not just systems,” says the city’s newly-appointed chief digital officer. In his speech at the South By Southwest festival in Austin, London Mayor[...]
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Pilsētvide, 02. April 2018

Why building a dynamic smart city requires an equally-dynamic network

Apple CEO, Tim Cook, said it best during a commencement address at the prestigious Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) last year when he proclaimed science and technology are worthless, if they aren’t[...]
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Pilsētvide, 02. March 2018

This egg-shaped capsule is actually a smart, self-sustaining home

Slovak studio NICE&WISE just launched the production of Ecocapsule, a portable, wind and solar-powered pod that can be transferred almost anywhere in the world and be used like a pop-up hotel room. Each[...]
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Pilsētvide, 02. March 2018

Modular Eco-Housing Pushing Boundaries With Cardboard

Designed and developed by Fiction Factory, a company of creative makers from Amsterdam, Wikkelhouse loosely translates to ‘wrapped house.’ This sustainable modular house is uniquely created with cardboardas its main building material and is customizable[...]
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Pilsētvide, 02. March 2018

Density's Next Frontier: The Suburbs

According to a new study, the continuing low density of inner suburbs is a major cause of the housing crisis—and a potential solution. In a recent survey, America’s mayors named housing,[...]
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Pilsētvide, 02. March 2018

Here’s How Much Money Green Design Could Save Cities

It’s no secret that green design features like living roofs, reflective pavements and urban tree cover are good for public health. But they’re also good for cities’ bottom lines — especially as climate change exacerbates[...]
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Pilsētvide, 02. February 2018

Panasonic is building a 'smart city' in Colorado with high-tech highways, autonomous vehicles, and free WiFi

The electronics company Panasonic is building “smart city” infrastructure in a remote area near the Denver airport. The project, called CityNow, is laying the groundwork for high-tech highways and autonomous[...]
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Pilsētvide, 02. February 2018

CES 2018: Making Smart Cities Responsive

During the Smart Cities: Thriving in the Future track at the 2018 Consumer Electronics Show, public- and private-sector officials said municipalities may be shifting their focus in smart city efforts[...]
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Pilsētvide, 02. February 2018

Ford and Autonomic are building a smart city cloud platform

Ford  and Silicon Valley-based Autonomic will work together to build a new open platform upon which cities can build out infrastructure communications, including connected traffic lights and parking spots, called the[...]
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Pilsētvide, 02. February 2018

Bosch is using cameras, streetlights, and sensors to make cities more livable

Living in a big city comes with a long list of advantages and an equally long catalog of disadvantages. Gridlock, pollution, and the never-ending search for a parking spot are[...]
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Pilsētvide, 02. January 2018

Tree Skyscrapers and Underwater Restaurants: See the Most Futuristic Designs of the Year

IN BRIEF Human landscapes are ever-changing. In 2017, the most remarkable building designs hinted at a newfound peaceful relationship with nature and proposed solutions for overcrowded mega cities.
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Pilsētvide, 02. January 2018

Visionary Master Plan Wins Smart City Prize At World Architecture Festival

Due to rapid population and economic growth, Indonesia is facing issues such as land subsidence and rising sea levels. To combat these problems and more, SHAU Architects created a master plan for the Jakarta[...]
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Pilsētvide, 02. January 2018

Smart City Pioneers: Where Are They Now?

Smart city projects in Atlanta, Chicago and Kansas City, Mo., were early efforts at the Internet of Things, analytics and other connected tech. Here’s what they’re up to today.
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Pilsētvide, 02. January 2018

San Diego to Cover Half the City with Intelligent Streetlights

San Diego launches an ambitious $30 million smart city project to outfit 3,200 streetlights with sensors.
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Pilsētvide, 02. December 2017

Paris Mayor Wants to Build Car-Free Density Over the Seine River

Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo is becoming famous for her outside-the-box strategies in battling climate change. Her administration made headlines earlier this month for an initiative installing sparking water fountains throughout the city[...]
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Pilsētvide, 02. December 2017

Sea-Green Solar Glass Covers 25,000-Square-Meter School In Denmark — 12,000 Solar Panels

Sea Green is possibly the most soothing calm color of the entire color spectrum. Imagine how wonderful it must be to be encompassed and surrounded by 1,200 sea green solar[...]
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Pilsētvide, 02. December 2017

HOK's Mercedes-Benz Stadium Will Be the First LEED Platinum-Certified Pro Sports Stadium in the US

HOK’s Mercedes-Benz Stadium is officially the first LEED Platinum certified professional sports stadium in the United States. The new home to the NFL’s Atlanta Falcons boasts the highest sports venue LEED score at 88 total points. There[...]
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Pilsētvide, 02. December 2017

Planned Community On Boston South Shore Will Be Laboratory For Sustainable Cities

Sustainable cities are a hot topic among government leaders and policymakers worldwide. Cities everywhere are struggling with exploding populations as more and more people move to urban settings. The United[...]
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Pilsētvide, 02. December 2017

New Bronx passive house rental will debut in 2018

The highly energy-efficient building will hold 10 apartments The Queens-based development firm Propco Holdings has jumped on the passive house bandwagon. The firm just announced plans for a new ground-up passive[...]
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Pilsētvide, 02. December 2017

Amid tech enthusiasm, we may miss an opportunity to humanize smart cities

Watching the enthusiasm around Bill Gates’ plans to invest $80 million to build a smart city on the outskirts of Phoenix, I couldn’t help but wonder: Is the way we’re talking about[...]
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Pilsētvide, 18. May 2017

Office envy: are these the world's most sustainable workplaces? – in pictures

From treadmill desks and foam flushing toilets to solar powered offices and apps allowing employees to control temperature and light – a selection of the world’s most sustainable workplaces
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Pilsētvide, 18. May 2017

Dutch companies pioneer 'healing office' to cut staff sick days

In the Netherlands, one in 17 people suffers from burnout. A state of the art office in Amsterdam promises to keep staff happy, healthy and productive
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Pilsētvide, 16. May 2017

Buildings that inspire category: award winner and runners up

Nottingham Trent University’s Pavilion building is designed to generate more energy than it consumes – it also provides vital space for collaborative study
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Pilsētvide, 16. May 2017

Newcastle: a 'living lab' to test driverless cars, parking sensors and lockout laws

Twenty years after BHP left town, one of the largest cities in New South Wales has reinvented itself as a smart city and a home for innovation
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