Future Cities Digest #32 ‘revision edition’ (03/07/2014)

by Lukasz Alwast

A short summary of stories and themes which emerged during the last 8 weeks:

  • Pop-up bus services – an emerging start-up venture in Boston area, Bridj, uses predictive analytics and a smartphone interface for sharing bus rides
  • NYC imposing tighter speed limits – lowering the speed limit from 30 to 25 mph is commented as one of the most significant, first decisions by new mayor Bill de Blasé

We’ve also picked-up on the following, interesting publications:

Accelerating Infrastructure Delivery: New Evidence from International Financial Institutions  (World Economic Forum)
Autonomous Vehicles: Handing Over Control: Risk and Opportunities in Insurance (Lloyd’s)
Cities of Opportunity 2014 (PWC)
City Views (Centre for Cities)
Climate Change: Implications for cities (Cambridge Uni. / ICLEI)
Infrastructure 2014: Shaping the Competitive City (Urban Land Institute)
London: Digital City on The Rise (Bloomberg Philanthropies)
Rethinking Personal Data: A New Lens for Strengthening Trust(World Economic Forum)
Real World Web: Living With The Internet of Things (PSFK)
The London Recipe: How Systems And Empathy Make The City (Centre for London)
The Internet of Things Will Thrive By 2025  (Pew Research)
The Rise of Innovation Districts- A new Geography of Innovation in America (Brookings)
What Makes Cities More Productive? Evidence on the Role of Urban Governance from Five OECD Countries (OECD)
Urban Infrastructure Initiative: Strategic Collaboration Between Cities and Businesses (WBCS)
Urban Mobility in the Smart City Age (Arup & Schneider)

& recent books:

City and Wind: Climate as an Architectural Instrument – M. Krautheim
The Social Machine: Designs for Living Online – J.Donath
Explusions: Brutality and Complexity in the Global Economy – S. Sassen
Our Work Here is Done: Visions of a Robot Economy – Nesta
Urban Interaction Design: Towards City Making – Urban IxD
Urban Design for an Urban Century: Shaping More Livable, Equitable, and Resilient Cities – J. Brown et al.