The noise of a metropolis could be unrelenting. There are the chopping blades of helicopters, the whining screams of sirens, the boomboxes and supply vehicles, and unending growls and honks of vehicles. Arguably, the very last thing cities want is extra noise. However an rising sort of sound-based design is being built-in into public areas across the nation, layering new ...

In Miami, sensible cameras pointed at metropolis dumpsters will take photos a number of instances a day, analyzing not solely how shortly these dumpsters fill with waste, but additionally what sorts of refuse is being thrown in them. The thought is to meter waste use simply like water or electrical energy or some other utility. In doing so, the town ...

The Economist Intelligence Unit is out with its annual list of the world’s safest cities – and the earlier #1, Tokyo, has been dethroned by a European capital. However a part of the motive Tokyo misplaced its crown is due to a brand new metric in the EIC’s listing. That new metric covers environmental safety – and it helped put ...

On Thursday morning final week, New Yorkers awoke to an all-too-familiar sight. Sandbags lined ground-floor retail shops. Water pumps gushed water from basement garages. And the subway system, the stations and tunnels of which had flooded the evening earlier than, was largely suspended. The remnants of Hurricane Ida, which had torn by means of New Orleans earlier that week, discharged ...

On July 29, a 14-year-old boy jumped to his demise from the Vessel, the extravagant set up on the coronary heart of Hudson Yards in Manhattan. That is the fourth suicide that has occurred there because the pseudo-public area, with its labyrinthine stairs to nowhere, opened to the general public in March 2019. Remarkably, it’s also the second time that ...

In 2015, earlier than it metamorphosed into Alphabet, Google launched Sidewalk Labs, an “city innovation” division devoted to fixing city issues with “forward-thinking design and cutting-edge know-how,” like networked sensors and automatic programs. The next yr I wrote about Sidewalk, in relation to New York Metropolis’s “smart” Hudson Yards growth, the place the corporate established its headquarters. In 2017 the ...

In the run as much as the Rio 2016 Olympic Video games, the favela neighborhood of Vila Autódromo was just about destroyed. It sat on prime actual property at the water’s edge, in the up and coming West Zone neighborhood. Dwellings have been demolished, and a whole bunch of households have been pressured to go away. One long-term resident, Luiz ...

Don’t you’re keen on squeezing right into a jam-packed subway automotive, smushed up in opposition to the sliding doorways with one arm pinned down by your facet as you grasp at a sweaty handrail with the opposite whereas clutching a briefcase between your knees? No? Even earlier than the COVID-19 pandemic equated giant crowds with dying traps, this was most ...

By 2050, it’s projected that almost 70% of the world’s inhabitants will be dwelling in cities, up from 55% in the present day. The quickest city progress is going on in Asia and Africa, which can be the place we’re seeing a rapid rise in folks affected by, and dying of, coronary heart illness. The impact of noncommunicable diseases on ...

On a typical July day in Abu Dhabi, the temperature soars properly over 100 levels. However a not too long ago constructed park is designed to make it doable to remain snug exterior. A cover with curler shades can be closed through the day, and opened at evening to permit heat to flee. Benches are partly shaded by close by ...