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What Does Blockchain Mean for Urban Systems? : Part 3 of 3

Blockchain technology is a culmination of many different digital concepts, as discussed in our introductory post. But what makes it groundbreaking is the idea of radical decentralization that this technology offers. Decentralization at a large scale is very powerful and can transform how a city functions and how people interact with each other. For example, … Continue reading

Blockchain and It’s Applications : Part 2 of 3

As we get into the discussion on Blockchain technology’s impact, it is a good time to see this quick video that provides a great explanation of the variety of industries that can benefit from Blockchain applications. We’ll be back soon with more thoughts on Blockchain for cities!

What is Blockchain Anyway? : Part 1 of 3

Meet Cathy. She loves bread. Two slices of bread for breakfast really makes her day. But there is one hitch. She is gluten sensitive. Which means she can only have gluten free bread. And there are plenty of those in the market too. Just that, how can she be so sure? How can she trust … Continue reading

Weekly Roundup 150 – 6th to 12th January 2018

FEATURE REPORT/ ARTICLE OF THE WEEK ‘When it Comes to Urban Planning, Strategy Isn’t Enough‘ By Steven Pedigo and Alisa Pyszka When it comes to addressing the most urgent priorities of our urban communities — issues like job creation, brain gain, affordable housing, and racial equality — city governments often look to strategy as their first … Continue reading

Nudging in Cities : Part 2 of 2

Human beings are not always rational thinkers, but the decisions we each make as individuals collectively impact the shape and form of our cities. Taking the car as opposed to walking. Dumping waste as opposed to segregating it. Leaving the lights on rather than turning them off etc. These tiny decisions that take less than … Continue reading

Weekly Roundup 149 – 30th December 2017 to 5th January 2018

FEATURE REPORT/ ARTICLE OF THE WEEK ‘Space-starved urban villages are fire hazards waiting to happen‘ By Gulam Jeelani, Shiv Sunny, and Tanushree Venkatraman The Kamala Mills fire incident throws sharp light on how urban spaces are being tightly packed with commercial complexes, that more often that not flout basic safety norms. Read the whole piece here. … Continue reading

Nudging for Change : Part 1 of 2

In the early 1990’s, the cleaning authorities at the Amsterdam airport needed to address a hygiene issue. They were struggling with attempts to reduce urinal spillage and splash-back in the men’s washrooms, but nothing seemed to do the trick until an etched house fly came along. Aad Kieboom, the Amsterdam airport manager, decided to put … Continue reading

Weekly Roundup 148 – 23rd to 29th December

FEATURE REPORT/ ARTICLE OF THE WEEK ‘Cycle-sharing, the next ‘disruption’‘ By Amit Bhatt Ever since Mysuru and Bhopal launched India’s first true bicycle sharing systems in June, the buzz around cycling has been growing. In the last one month alone, there have been more than a dozen cycle-sharing launches, mostly through private sector companies, including … Continue reading

Weekly Roundup 147 – 16th to 22nd December

FEATURE REPORT/ ARTICLE OF THE WEEK ‘Hong Kong unveils smart city roadmap‘ By Katie Pyzyk Hong Kong has released its “Smart City Blueprint” to guide its leaders in achieving their vision of becoming a world-class smart city. The blueprint maps out development plans for the next five years and beyond. Read the whole piece here. Published … Continue reading

Weekly Roundup 146 – 9th December to 15th December

FEATURE REPORT/ ARTICLE OF THE WEEK ‘How Place shapes our Politics?‘ By Richard Florida  Geography is a fundamental influencial factor that shapes the way we think about the world and other people.  The experience of living in big cities constantly changes people. The way these places are built and the people who already live there shape … Continue reading

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