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Post Urban Disaster

There is a well developed strategy for bringing fundamental services to ‘rural’ disasters - drought, famine etc.  But cities, even poor cities, are becoming complex systems. When those systems fail (some cities that have suffered targetted attack on urban services have had terrible times recovering) getting even elementary services in place becomes difficult because they are interconnected.  At 9/11 the payphones still had a dialling tone, but the keypads had no grid power so the back up was pointless.  The backup to a cell phone network in a regional power failure  is only as good as the least charged handset battery.  So what would networks theory have to say to the aid workers trying to proritise?

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Webinar | Giovanni Sala - Green Landscape Economy

Seminar | Giovanni Sala - Green Landscape Economy

LAND, Landscape Nature Architecture Development is a group of professionals working in the field of landscape architecture and was founded in 1990 in Milan by ANDREAS KIPAR and GIOVANNI SALA.

Taking a brave and innovative step, a young German landscape architect, experienced in environmental/ecological matters, joins forces with a young Italian agronomist and they start to work together sharing the same value and working philosophy where research and experimentation are routine practices.

Please join the next Urban Systems Collaborative online seminar this Friday from 12:30pm-1:30pm EST.

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Today : Urban Systems Collaborative Webinar Series | Carl Skelton - Polytechnic Institute of New York University

Seminar | Carl Skelton - Polytechnic Institute of New York University


DIRECTOR OF BROOKLYN EXPERIMENTAL MEDIA CENTER

Carl Skelton is Industry Professor and the founding director of the Brooklyn Experimental Media Center and the academic programs in Integrated Digital Media at the Polytechnic Institute of New York University. His creative/research work bridges the arts, design, technology, and community engagement. He is currently working on two books: “New Soft City Culture: The Case of Betaville” for Springer, and “The Multimedia Programming Fakebook” with R. Luke DuBois for MIT Press. Carl’s work has been supported by Microsoft Research, the Rockefeller Foundation through its Cultural Innovation Fund, the National Science Foundation, the Ontario Arts council, and the Canada council for the Arts.

Please join the next Urban Systems Collaborative online seminar this Friday from 12:00pm-1pm EST.

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Tomorrow : Urban Systems Collaborative Webinar Series | Carl Skelton - Polytechnic Institute of New York University

Seminar | Carl Skelton - Polytechnic Institute of New York University

DIRECTOR OF BROOKLYN EXPERIMENTAL MEDIA CENTER

Carl Skelton is Industry Professor and the founding director of the Brooklyn Experimental Media Center and the academic programs in Integrated Digital Media at the Polytechnic Institute of New York University. His creative/research work bridges the arts, design, technology, and community engagement. He is currently working on two books: “New Soft City Culture: The Case of Betaville” for Springer, and “The Multimedia Programming Fakebook” with R. Luke DuBois for MIT Press. Carl’s work has been supported by Microsoft Research, the Rockefeller Foundation through its Cultural Innovation Fund, the National Science Foundation, the Ontario Arts council, and the Canada council for the Arts.

Please join the next Urban Systems Collaborative online seminar this Friday from 12:00pm-1pm EST.

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Finland   Caller Paid   0-9-72519565 
Finland   Toll-Free   0800-9-18357 
France   Caller Paid   0-170911580 
Germany   Caller Paid   0-69-2443-2290 
Germany   Toll-Free   0800-000-1018 
Ireland   Caller Paid   0-1-5264424 
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Japan   Toll-Free   0066-33-830321 JAPAN C&W USERS
Japan   Toll-Free   0034-800-900377 JAPAN NTT USERS
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Urban Systems Collaborative Webinar Series | Philip Ashlock - Open311

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Tomorrow : Urban Systems Collaborative Webinar Series | Constantine Kontokosta | Building Energy Performance

Urban Systems Collaborative Webinar Series | Constantine Kontokosta | Building Energy Performance Disclosure and the Implications of New York City’s Local Law 84

Please join the next Urban Systems Collaborative online seminar tomorrow from 12:30pm-2pm ET.

Dr. Constantine Kontokosta, PE, is the Founding Director of the NYU
Center for the Sustainable Built Environment and a Clinical Associate
Professor at the New York University Schack Institute of Real Estate,
where he teaches courses on entrepreneurship and innovation,
sustainable urban development, real estate finance and economics, and
land use regulation. He serves on the Americas Board of the Royal
Institution of Chartered Surveyors, the Board of the United Nations
Environment Programme Sustainable Buildings and Climate Initiative,
and the Urban Systems Collaborative. He is a member of the Executive
Team of the NYC Urban Technology Innovation Center, where he focuses
on policy and finance issues relating to green building technologies,
and is an appointed member of the New York City Council’s Municipal
Entrepreneurial Testing System Advisory Committee. Dr. Kontokosta’s
research interests include real estate investment and valuation and
building energy performance, urban systems theory and intelligent
governance and finance of complex urban systems, the diffusion of
policy innovations and the effects of land use regulations and
sustainable development policies, and the intersection of technology
innovation and urban economic development.

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New Cities Foundation Partners with FT/Citi Ingenuity Award

Calling all urban innovators! We are delighted to announce that we have joined as a partner of the FT-Citi Ingenuity Awards: Urban Ideas in Action. This fantastic program put together by Citi, the Financial Times and INSEAD recognizes ingenious solutions to urban challenges in the fields of education, energy, healthcare and infrastructure.

If you – or an individual, group or organization you know – has implemented an ingenious urban solution, we encourage you to apply to this great initiative and spread the word.

All entries will be reviewed by the FT and INSEAD for qualification. A panel of subject matter experts will select finalists and winners. Category finalists will be profiled in a series of FT global magazines and will be invited to attend an awards dinner in New York in November where winners in each category and an overall winner will be announced.

Take a moment to ENTER HERE

The deadline is 31 March 2012.

Find out more at: www.ft.com/ingenuity

Join the conversation on Twitter: #FTCitiAwards

Nominate an individual (or group) via email: FTCitiAwards@FT.com

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IBM to roll out ‘smarter cities’ concept in Nairobi

IBM, a technology and consulting multinational, plans to bring the ‘smarter cities’ concept to Kenya, integrating data from government and private sector agencies to enhance responses to emergencies.

The Smarter Cities initiative will see information on weather, calamities such as road accidents, fire outbreaks, theft available in a central location.

Under this design, every new

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Smart Mobility EnterPrize

An award for entrepreneurial ventures in sustainable transportation. Created by the University of Michigan SMART initiative with the generous support of the Rockefeller Foundation, MobiPrize recognizes enterprises that demonstrate innovative and replicable solutions to local and global transportation challenges. There are three prizes : $5000 USD; a trip to Rio + 20 in June; and top notch mentorship. Special Streams highlight solutions that: link to and improve the whole (sustainable) transport system; serve the urban poor; and engage young entrepreneurs. Deadline: April 1, 2012. For your language, scroll down to “TRANSLATE” box. APPLY NOW !!

http://www.mobiprize.com/2012/01/10/apply/

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City Government and IBM Close Partnership to Make Rio de Janeiro a Smarter City

SAO PAULO and ARMONK, N.Y., - 27 Dec 2010: The city government and IBM (NYSE: IBM) signed an agreement to build a public information management center for Rio de Janeiro. The Rio Operations Center, which will be located in Cidade Nova, will integrate and interconnect information from multiple government departments and public agencies in the municipality to improve city safety and responsiveness to various types of incidents, such as flash floods and landslides.

Additionally, as part of the agreement,

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IBM, Cisco and the business of smart cities

How two of the IT industry’s largest companies plan to rewire urban living
There is a much-derided and apocryphal story that former US vice president Al Gore once claimed to have invented the Internet. In fact, he simply said that he had promoted the development of the technology in Congress – a claim that has been corroborated by the Internet’s actual inventors, Vint Cerf and Bob Kahn.

Future historians may look back at

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Today: Urban Systems Collaborative Webinar Series | Philip Ashlock - Open311

Seminar | Philip Ashlock - Open311: An open communication standard for public services & local government

Please join the next Urban Systems Collaborative online seminar today from 12:30pm-2pm ET.

As the Open Government Program Manager at OpenPlans, Phil has been opening up government in a variety of ways. He’s been leading the development of the Open311 standard so that cities can leverage web enabled citizen services in a more accessible and transparent way. Over the past few years he has taken Open311 from an idea to a standardized API for publicly tracking civic issues in dozens of cities around the world. In partnership with Code for America, Phil is also a co-founder of Civic Commons, an initiative to help governments more easily share technology. Phil primarily focuses on Open311 but he also facilitates broader collaboration between cities and other government bodies on the development of open standards and reusable technology.

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Clean Transporta​tion Panel

The Sustainable Business Committee of the Columbia Business School Alumni Club of New York (www.CBSACNY.org) is hosting an event on Sustainable Transportation on May 17th (a Thursday evening program at PWC in midtown). They have invited distinguished panelists from industry, advocacy, investment and research to discuss developments and opportunities at the intersection of transportation, technology, urban planning, and resource management. The tentative title of the discussion is, “Hitting ‘Reset’ on Clean Transportation: Fresh Solutions to Vexing Problems”.

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