Technology

Community Microgrids: Envisioning the Grid of the Future

Community microgrids (CMGs) are getting more press these days as people recognize that they may provide an alternative to the traditional energy grid. The traditional energy grid has provided power to billions of people, globally, for decades. However, with bigger and...

What Do We Need to Build Sustainable Cities?

Every so often, I find it important to reset and to re-envision what a successful future looks like. This article seeks to take a step back and revisit the fundamentals of what the building of a sustainable city requires. The footprint of cities is a heavy contributor...

Mobility as a Service – In Las Vegas

It seems like you can’t turn a corner without encountering a tech company tackling a mobility challenge these days. The CEO of Zappos Tony Hsieh moved their corporate headquarters from the suburbs to downtown Las Vegas and, in a reversal from the Silicon Valley tech...

Cities and Cars Running on Trash

Many resources flow into cities to make them run; people, products, information, energy, water, food, money. What flows out? Products, air emissions, waste water, and of course, trash.  As more cities are discovering, both the waste water and trash can prove to be new...

Will Smart Cities be Gentrified Cities?

Can cities become victims of their own success as they enhance and prosper? The idea of dislocation and displacement from a community is contrary to the urban ethic, and yet this undercurrent is rising in the public discourse wherever revitalization is occurring....

Mapping a Community’s Key Assets — Its People

Entrepreneurs and product designers are universally taught to focus on the problem they’re trying to solve or user need they are addressing. They are trying to correct deficiencies and improve performance. Designers and leaders of tomorrow’s cities are trained to...

Water Storage in Mumbai Starts With a Park Bench

Mumbai faces increasing strains on its water resources – monsoons bring torrential downpour and flooding for four months, and then for the remainder of the year water needs to be pumped from increasingly distant sources. Though securing water is difficult in...
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