The Turbulent Times of City Chief Digital Officers

How to change things: Buckminster Fuller (image from ilikearchitecture.net) The new Chief Digital Officer position some cities are adding to their management teams is not well understood,...

Cap and Trade / Carbon Tax Explained

This story was originally published at Corporate Knights Forum a few years ago. It remains a useful way to understand the discussion around paying...

What Will Big Oil Do Now That Sunlight Can Power Cities?

Last night, at a media event in Los Angeles, Elon Musk of Tesla Inc. changed the energy game for cities everywhere. How? Musk promised to deliver an...

Ownership Economies Vs Sharing Economies

Cars to Go when you need them. Why overpay for private auto insurance and loan financing? Advanced, 21st Century networking solutions are shredding the North American consumer's...

Will Geodesign Finally Capture the Promise of GIS?

The Geodesign Solutions Platform. Article by Nadia Amoroso In an increasingly complex, MESHed world, Geographic Information Systems (GIS) are an essential part of the urban planning...

One Billion New Smart Phones Will Change Our Cities

(This essay is adapted from the intro story to "Tech in the City" Robert Ouellette wrote for the Winter 2014-2015 of Spacing Magazine) When Steve...

The Unbearable Lightness of Material (in a MESHed City)

Translucent concrete made by embedding fibre optics in the aggregate mix. (LiTraCon Inc.) In a truly MESHed CIty building materials are lighter, cheaper to make, and...

Salty Ocean Water May Help Green Deserts

Fully illuminated globe image courtesy of NASA. !0% of the earth's land mass is desert unsuitable for agriculture. Gijs Graafland of the Planck Foundation wants...

Do Tomorrow’s Smarter Cities Need The Equivalent of Asimov’s Three Laws of Robotics?

What happens when cities become smarter than their citizens? Who will control them? That day may be coming, although probably not as soon as...

Are Citizens Lost In The Digital City?

The John Street Toronto virtual city navigation stack circa 1995 Are today's connected citizens confused by the latest digital city offerings? Probably, if only because any social benefits...
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