Urbanization + Smart Cities

We live on an urbanized planet where roughly half the worlds population lives in cities. This number will continue to increase and urban areas will keep growing and getting more complex.

Cities create a great portion of global pollution and consume three quarters of the energy used worldwide. Most cities were built around industry, cars, economy and not with sustainability in mind. To enable a livable future this needs to change. Smart and green cities are shaped around life quality, low environmental impact, city ecology and an efficient use of resources. Information and communication technologies can be used to improve traffic flow, water use, energy supply and provide access to critical data.

Another side of urbanization is land-use planning. How can ecosystems be kept intact while providing food, water and shelter for the human population? Solutions include the preservation of open spaces, high-density construction and mixed-use development that keep most areas of daily need in walkable or bikeable distance. This is closely linked to the subject area of "mobility".

"Loving plants is the most important thing that everyone has to do. Because if you don't love plants that's gonna be the end of civilization." - Mohan Krishnamoorthy

Our Film Tips on "Urbanization + Smart Cities"

Cover The Human Scale

The Human Scale

"The human scale" explores possible ways of shaping cities around human needs instead of industry and economy. It poses us all the question: How do we create livable urban habitats? Not only interesting for urban citizens.
Cover Manufactured Landscape

Manufactured Landscape

Pictures say more than a thousand words. With impressive pictures the photographer Burtynsky shows the influence of the Industrial Revolution on the landscape.

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The Most Exciting Clips on "Urbanization + Smart Cities"

Carolyn Steel: Wie die Nahrung unsere Städte formt

Carolyn Steel: Wie die Nahrung unsere Städte formt

Norman Fosters grüne Agenda

Norman Fosters grüne Agenda

 Smart cities for 11 billion people: Mitchell Joachim at TEDxBerlin

Smart cities for 11 billion people: Mitchell Joachim at TEDxBerlin

DON’T PANIC - Hans Rosling showing the facts about population

 City Repair - Permaculture for Urban Spaces

City Repair - Permaculture for Urban Spaces

Editorial Responsibility on "Urbanization + Smart Cities"

Katrin Consler, environmental engineer and artist keeps this subject area up to date. Although I generally prefer living in rural areas close to wild spaces I am fascinated by the possibilities cities offer for a transformation into closely connected human habitats. There aren't many documentaries on this subject.

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