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Essay: How Copenhagen is providing a blueprint for the future of sustainable cities

As cities grow larger, urbanization exponentially expands through the world and a consumerist economy prevails, human species is constantly putting more pressure on the planet. Advancing climate change and our dependence on non- renewable fossil fuels are urging us to … Continue reading

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The Future of the Megacity

When looking at the definition of the term ‘megacity’, we can observe an upward trend in numbers, again the development of our world is described by the word ‘more’. What was ‘mega’ 30 years ago, is to be considered only … Continue reading

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High Rise City

  20 Fenchurch Street, or the ‘Walkie Talkie’, ‘Walkie Scorchie’ or ‘Fryscraper’ – call it how you wish, is a 160 meters high skyscraper located in the City of London. Designed by architect Rafael Viñoly and completed in 2014, it … Continue reading

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Big Bang Data

“New technologies can’t solve what are essentially political questions about power and rights” (Marshall, A. 2014 p.87). In fact, technology and the data it produces can give new tools to political power and poses threats to civil and personal rights. … Continue reading

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The Crystal by Siemens

Situated on Royal Victoria Dock in East London, The Crystal is a project by Siemens on sustainability. It features a permanent exhibition on sustainable development, analysing how cities perform in regards to consumption of natural resources, pollution and transport and … Continue reading

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What is a city?

When we are asked to define what is a city, our first reaction may be to think how obvious and easy it is to define it, especially if we grew up and live in one. The city is our home … Continue reading

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Dualism and its relation to Forecasting Futures (Cogito ergo sum updated)

During our Forecasting Futures lecture we were introduced to the philosophical concept of Cartesian Dualism. Before digging deeper in the meaning of the phrase and its philosophical origins, we can get a general idea by reflecting on the term “dualism”: … Continue reading

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