UNSense to develop a 100-home real-life testing environment for the future of housing

January 31, 2020 by  
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UNSense, an arch-tech startup launched by UNStudio , has announced plans to develop an adaptive neighborhood of 100 homes to explore how sustainable, smart technology can revolutionize the future of residential development. Commissioned by the Brainport Smart District Foundation, the project will be located in Brainport Smart District in the Dutch city of Helmond. The project is also part of the UNStudio masterplan for the expansion of the Brandevoort neighborhood that aims to become the “smartest neighborhood in the world.” Having recently completed a feasibility study for the “100 Homes Project” with positive results, UNSense has officially begun building three consortia to realize the project: a building consortium for constructing the homes and infrastructure; a tech consortium for constructing the innovative urban data platform that will host services related to housing, energy, mobility and health; and a consortium for service development. The 100 Homes Project will be a “Living Lab,” where data and technology will be assessed to see the effects of the neighborhood’s design on the well-being of residents, both socially and economically. In the spirit of Equal Exchange and data privacy, all residents will have access to and ownership of the data collected on them and can decide which data they would like to protect and which they would like to share. Related: UNStudio unveils sustainable vision for “The Smartest Neighborhood in the World” “Based on our findings, it is clear that technology within the urban landscape can lead to time, energy and financial savings associated with housing, mobility, food and health,” UNSense explained. “Our goal is that by developing intelligent services that connect and adapt to the needs and consumption habits of residents, basic services will become manageable and fixed costs reduced, while (net) income will increase. As a result, more time and energy can become available for people to spend on more meaningful, pleasant and healthier activities. This will increase their sense of quality of life, well-being, happiness and health.” Findings from the 100 Homes Project will help inform the UNStudio expansion of the Brandevoort neighborhood, a plan with 1,500 permanent and 500 temporary homes, green space and 12 hectares of business park. Brandevoort, which is located adjacent to the “real-life testing grounds” of the Brainport Smart District, has ambitions to not only become self-sufficient in food and energy production, but to also be recognized as the “smartest neighborhood in the world.” + UNSense Images via UNSense

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When it comes to analyzing earth’s environment, spacing out is a good idea

November 1, 2019 by  
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Breakthroughs in satellite imagery, artificial intelligence and computing power are giving corporate climate activists powerful new tools for anticipating and maybe even averting change.

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Episode 186: Bill Weihl calls for corporate climate activism; you’ll dig this new farm-data initiative

August 30, 2019 by  
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The former energy and CSR czar at Facebook and Google calls for companies to raise their voices. Plus, we catch up with Dorn Cox, research director for a new open source agricultural data initiative.

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Farmers are reaping the love of Campbell, Kellogg, Stonyfield and Molson Coors

August 26, 2019 by  
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How big data and incentives are helping companies forge closer partnerships across agricultural supply chains.

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Cities organize in the face of scooter data controversy

July 1, 2019 by  
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A California bill, a newly launched foundation and a city-friendly acquisition are all pieces of an evolving landscape that could determine the future of how private mobility providers and cities will work together to share and use data.

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Alphabet’s Sidewalk Labs proposes mobility nirvana

June 26, 2019 by  
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Imagine, a city where the residents and commuters wouldn’t need to own cars.

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5 trends defining the future of retail

June 26, 2019 by  
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Shopping around for a sustainable future.

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The rise of seatech — a new world wide web

June 19, 2019 by  
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IoT, big data, blockchain and biotech are powering a wave of sustainable seafood.

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Can your brand help concerned consumers kick the single-use plastics habit?

June 19, 2019 by  
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A new survey suggests inaction could put loyalty to the test.

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Edible AI? The future of food is up to tech

June 19, 2019 by  
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The world’s most sophisticated robots may become farmers.

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