Rethinking Cities: Introduction Rethinking Cities: Introduction
Rethinking Cities: Introduction
Currently, more than half the world's population lives in cities. And the complex collection of systems that make up a city's infrastructure have evolved, creating new and efficient ways to sustain and support a significant concentration of people. But inside all cities are problem areas that can be optimized and made smarter-improving the function of the metropolis and the lives of its citizens.
These pieces spotlight eight cities around the world that benefited by the introduction of novel technologies, from cameras that improve traffic flow in Singapore to a process that generates heat and electricity simultaneously in Chicago. These are just a few examples of what cities are doing to investigate how their systems function and devise ways to make them work better. It's this kind of innovation and daring that we are examining at GOOD.IS/cities, a website where you can find infographics on city systems, stories on how they can be improved, and video documentaries about solutions in action. By transforming our urban centers, we can improve the lives of the majority of people on the planet, and inspire even more innovation in how our cities serve their residents.
ENERGY Intelligent Utility Network: Copenhagen, Denmark
TRAFFIC Intelligent Transport Systems Center: Singapore
WATER Leakfrog: London
EDUCATION Helping Involve Parents: New York City
PUBLIC SAFETY Crime Prediction Software: Richmond, Virginia
OIL AND GAS Cogeneration: Chicago
HEALTH CARE Intermountain Healthcare: Salt Lake City, Utah
GOVERNMENT E-Government: Albuquerque, New Mexico
A collaboration between GOOD and Oliver Munday.
The Human Side of Spam Spanish photographer Christina de Middel smudges fact and fiction with her staged images of Russian widows and Nigerian lawyers in distress.
Why Oysters are Shacking up in Old Subway Cars States scrap over metal in a race to boast the greenest reef.
A Cable Car Revolution in the World’s Highest City The future of Bolivia’s public transportation takes to the skies.
When Humans Fight, but Animals Win Penguins have resorted to using landmines to keep pesky humans away.
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What to Do When Your Country is Drowning The wild and desperate ways island nations are fighting the effects of climate change
The Rise of Drone Pizza Delivery Why the skies will soon be filled with flying, snack-bearing robots
How Helsinki Became a Public Transporation Paradise One European city plans to make car ownership obsolete within a decade.
Follow the Crowd NanoCrafter and the rise of group intelligence Why online gaming may just be the future of science
The Empathy Mirror Neurofeedback enables us to better see ourselves in the other. Recent discoveries in neurofeedback can teach you to be less of a dick.
Robots On Ice Probe the Arctic Why a team of research robots is investigating disappearing sea ice, and why you should care