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How Technology Helps Modern Cities Address Major Problems

If history has taught us one thing about cities, it’ s that they’ re easier to build than manage over time. Once the original population boom is over, the city becomes a diverse spread of communities, institutions, and dimensions. It’ s a beautiful thing from a cultural point-of-view, but a challenging one from a planning perspective.

As time goes on and technology improves, cities must find ways to reshape themselves to adapt to these changes. The result is a never ending series of problems for city officials and others involved in municipal management.

New York City: The Epicenter of Urban Innovation

There are cities, and then there’ s New York City. Love it or hate it, New York is a city’ s city, serving as the gold standard of successful urbanization, one in which others try to follow. It wasn’ t always this way. Thirty years ago, New York was considered by many to be nothing short of an urban hellhole. The city’ s return to greatness and glory is a remarkable story that highlights New York’ s role as the epicenter of civic innovation.

Raised Floor Systems, Data Analytics and Smart Building Design in a Post-COVID World

Smart building design is a rapidly growing shift in how architects and engineers look to design buildings that can easily adapt to new technology. The buildings of today need to be able to easily accommodate the technology of tomorrow. Gutting and re-constructing buildings as newer and more efficient technology becomes available is not only inefficient ‘” it’ s not even feasible.
While building owners want to be on the cutting edge, there are still costs associated with adopting any new technology, and like any project, budget is at the center of every decision.

Human rights aspects in India’ s Smart City Mission: a study by HLRN, India

India’ s Smart Cities Mission aims to create 100 ‘˜smart cities’ in the country by the year 2020. The Mission, one of the most publicized among the many slogan-led schemes of the National Democratic Alliance government, is characterized by ambitious goals, large planned investments, multiple private sector actors, and new governance structures induced by the corporatization of cities. As the Mission completed two years in June 2017, the Housing and Land Rights Network of India (HLRN) examines how it has unfolded and what exactly it means for India’ s urban