Together is better: when engaging citizens makes cities smarter
Article - 13 Feb 2024
Engaging rather than imposing top-down solutions. Community empowerment and trust-building make European cities smarter: Insights and innovations from a grassroots approach to urban planning.
Smart and for all: the city of the future is human and inclusive
Article - 22 Jan 2024
Smart Cities: what’s in it for the citizens? Technology should empower people, but sometimes it becomes an end in itself rather than a means to an end. Cities must address problems like the digital divide, use technology to help the less privileged categories, and know when to intervene or step back to foster social values and inclusivity
Virtual cities for very real benefits: from Local Digital Twins to the Cityverse
Article - 16 Oct 2023
Virtual clones of our cities are popping up all over Europe. As crucial urban planning tools to cut emissions and help achieve carbon neutrality, digital twins are now already heading to the “Cityverse”: a connection of virtual and physical environments, to put technology at the service of citizens' needs
Targeting Carbon Neutrality: shoot for the moon to land among the stars
Article - 15 Jun 2023
They might be shooting for the moon, but many European cities are making huge and concrete steps towards a greener future to achieve carbon neutrality by 2030. From the Greek plan for a green hydrogen valley to the Romanian full-electric dream, the inspiring examples of Kozani and Cluj-Napoca.
Urban scenarios of decarbonisation: the last-mile logistics challenge
Article - 06 Apr 2023
Home deliveries generate increasing traffic and carbon emissions in urban centres, particularly in the last mile. The solution? Pool deliveries and use electric vehicles. But cities trying to do so are discovering that this apparently simple transition requires negotiation with multiple stakeholders and a lot of innovation, as proven by the experiences of Trento (Italy) and Gotheborg (Sweden).