Ecosistema Urbano designs a digitally integrated eco-campus for the University of Malaga

October 7, 2019 by  
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The University of Malaga in Spain will soon be home to a high-tech campus that will redefine the urban fabric with digital connectivity and renewable energy systems. Designed by Ecosistema Urbano to regenerate the underused Louis Pasteur Boulevard area, the project will not only enhance the city’s infrastructure, but it will also create new spaces where everyday university activities, including classes, can take place in public areas. Spanning a total surface area of 52 acres, the Malaga University Campus planning project will improve the climatic comfort and digital connectivity of currently underused public spaces. The plan targets four main strategies: a Connected Campus strategy for opening the university to its urban surroundings; a Green Campus strategy that seeks to create, restore and enhance existing green space; an Interactive Campus strategy that will allow users to visualize real-time information and manipulate physical aspects of public space with technology; and an Open Campus strategy to make educational meeting spaces and devices in the public areas available for use by both students and local citizens. Using a network of sensors and interactive technologies, the outdoor spaces can be manipulated to support both educational and playful programming, as well as improved outdoor comfort that can be enhanced with solar-powered climate conditioning systems. Related: Ecosistema Urbano’s amazing LED Energy Carousel is powered by play “One of the key aspects of this project is its commitment to using technology as a way of improving the interaction between people and the environment,” explained the architects, who were inspired by the smart cities approach. “It will be the first public space that users can control through an application. In parallel with the construction of the project, the official UMA app will be extended with open source modules that will allow access to an augmented environment of interactivity and information.” To reduce the environmental footprint of the project, the architects have proposed installing photovoltaic panels to power the campus’ bioclimatic conditioning systems, such as evaporative cooling and geothermal air circulation. Passive bioclimatic strategies will also be used, including shading elements like green walls and sculptural canopies. The first construction phase, which covers 17 acres, is planned for December 2020. + Ecosistema Urbano Images via Ecosistema Urbano

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Smart procurement for smart cities

August 14, 2019 by  
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To make cities attractive for startups and innovation, they need to have better processes for testing technologies and solutions.

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Sephora’s safer ingredient announcement is more than skin deep — here’s why

August 14, 2019 by  
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The biggest specialty beauty retailer’s chemicals commitment is showing that natural beauty is going mainstream.

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Detroit, Montreal and Lisbon see seamless connections, data as key to ditching solo cars

June 11, 2019 by  
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Simpler fare structures, apps that integrate public transit and private transportation services are at the center of the roadmap.

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Zero-carbon electric transport is already in reach for small islands

June 11, 2019 by  
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Island states like Barbados, with a high tourist population and need for resilience, can test the transition to electrifying everything.

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Why mobility is a climate change issue

January 16, 2019 by  
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It’s emerging as a key way that cities can promote sustainability and reduce transportation emissions.

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Episode 149: ‘Thoughtful’ carbon policy, Home Depot thinks circular, Royal Caribbean floats new energy strategy

November 16, 2018 by  
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Plus, what’s the difference between energy efficiency and energy productivity? The Climate Group recharges its EP100 campaign.

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Progress update from Bob Bennett, CIO of Kansas City, on its bold smart city initiative

November 5, 2018 by  
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Bob Bennet, the chief innovation officer of the city of Kansas City, embarked on the ambitious project to “smarten” up Kansas City a few years ago, and he came to VERGE to discuss it then. He came back this year to provide a status report on the project: the city has officially launched technology aimed at engaging citizens on issues, initiatives and action.

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Want to help cities act on climate change? Give them data

July 24, 2018 by  
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National governments have actionable information for cities. Why not share it?

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July 24, 2018 by  
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National governments have actionable information for cities. Why not share it?

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