Urbanization + Smart Cities
Roughly half the world's population lives in cities. This number will only continue to increase and urban areas will keep growing, becoming more and more complex.
Cities spew out a huge 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 ensure a livable future this needs to change. Smart and green cities are designed for 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 and still provide 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"
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.
Manufactured LandscapePictures say more than a thousand words. With impressive pictures the photographer Burtynsky shows the influence of the Industrial Revolution on the landscape.
More Films on "Urbanization + Smart Cities"
The Most Exciting Clips on "Urbanization + Smart Cities"
Carolyn Steel: Wie die Nahrung unsere Städte formt
Norman Fosters grüne Agenda
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
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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