An indicator for qualifying Smart Cities

An indicator for qualifying Smart Cities

Many of us are talking about the Smart City concept. Quite literally, this is an intelligent city, meeting the needs of its citizens by making full use of information and communication technologies. It’s made the headlines, it fuels conversations and is fodder for Council projects. Yet, we are still lacking in markers and points of reference to be able to qualify a city’s level of maturity. Continue reading

How is the digitization of real estate shaping the future?

How is the digitization of real estate shaping the future?

There is an amazing video dating back to the 1960s called “The Home of the Future: Year 1999 A.D.” (The Home Of The Future: Year 1999 A.D.). In this video, a passage predicts what is to come. It shows a “housewife” talking to her husband and son via a video connection using VoIP which looks like a basic version of the Internet of Things. This home of the future integrates the use of technology to make life easier; it is exciting and novel. Now, in the first half of the 21st century, we find ourselves transitioning into a 4th industrial revolution. This revolution is expressed in the form of digitizing our way of life. From transport to health, education to manufacturing, everything we do and use is in the process of being digitally transformed. The digitization that we are seeing today created the “home of the future”, but in a way that we could never have really envisaged. Digitization has become involved in real estate and is in the process of transforming it. This digital transformation is definitive and global. It concerns all aspects of the sector – from construction to asset management, marketing to sales, as well as our home and professional environment. Continue reading

Smart wallpaper which absorbs light could help power home

Copyright – The Telegraph – February 26 2016 – By Sarah Knapton

Homes of the future could have ‘smart wallpaper’ which harvests ambient light, even in dim conditions

‘Smart wallpaper’ which absorbs light and heat to help power homes could be available in the next few years after scientists invented ultra-thin flexible solar panels. Continue reading

What the world’s best cities will look like in 2030

Copyright – The Washington Post – January 19 2016 – By Dominic Basulto

Two mega-trends — the rapid urbanization of the world’s population and the aging of that same population — will soon collide. By 2030, more than 1 billion people (one in eight) will be aged 65 or older, and by 2050, nearly two-thirds of the world’s population will live in urban areas. What’s needed between now and then, according to a new report from McGraw Hill Financial Global Institute, is new thinking about how to create “age-friendly cities.” Continue reading

Why Earth’s future will depend on how we build our cities

Copyright – The Washington Post / Worldcrunch – October 12 2015 – By Chris Mooney

WASHINGTON – It may be the most important number on Earth: 1,000 gigatons. That’s roughly how much carbon dioxide humanity has left to emit, scientists say, in order to have a two-thirds chance of keeping global warming below 2 degrees Celsius above the temperature in pre-industrial times – and thus, staying within what has often been deemed a “safe” climate threshold. Continue reading