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Daniele Quercia

Scientist, Yahoo Labs in Barcelona

Beyond Smart Cities: Retrofitting Cities for Happiness

PRESENTED ON APR 01, 2014
IN BARCELONA @ PECHAKUCHA URBAN INNOVATION MONTH

Which urban elements make people happy? Daniele Quercia poses this question, and offers a solution using applications he and his research team have developed to determine what citizens love about their city. 

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Paths Connecting Cities

BY ANDY SMITH
@ PKN_AKL_SPECIAL EDITION ON MAR 28, 2014

Advocate at Walk Auckland Andy Smith speaks of the tragic history of the Auckland Harbor Bridge — once planned to include bike and foot paths, but built as a four-lane automobile bridge — and the numerous campaigns that were launched by cyclist and walker groups to implement a connecting path. Pressure lead to an innovative solution: a tube/tunnel suspended from the clip-on just under the bridge, away from traffic, and offering majestic views of the city.

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Open Streets Threaten to Make Cities Cool

BY JENN GRAHAM
@ PECHAKUCHA URBAN INNOVATION MONTH ON APR 01, 2014

Like many superheroes, Jenn Graham didn’t choose to become a crusader for urban good — she was catapulted into it, quite literally. After breaking her arm when her bicycle tire got stuck in a drain grate, she began campaigning to make small changes to her home city of Atlanta. What started with grate replacements across became open-street activities hosting nearly 100 thousand citizens; a force that leads us to question how cities ought to be designed.

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Two Projects, Two Cities

BY VERONIKA KOVACSOVA
@ VOL 26 ON APR 16, 2014

Urban designer Veronika Kovascsova's two projects look to build a bridge between the cities of Vienna and Bratislava, and also try to reimagine the unused spaces in the city, giving them a new lease on life, and engaging and contributing to the growth of communities.

"Presentation of the Day" on June 21, 2014.

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Mobility According to Local Needs

BY DAMIEN DECLERCQ
@ PECHAKUCHA URBAN INNOVATION MONTH ON APR 01, 2014

Seventy percent of the world will live in an urban environment by 2050, and mobility for cities is a problem in need of a soultion. Damien Declerq of Local Motors speaks on the challenges of urban mobility and his company's innovative methods created to develop local forms of transportation.

 

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Paper - Rainbow and Cities

BY MAURICE MADEMOISELLE
@ VOL 10 ON JUL 01, 2015

" Everything is about Nature. Everything is about Human. The interactions between them. Bring the Nature inside the grey cities. Bring the hope in the hearth of the men. Tomorrow can be better if we want it. Love, Peace, Humanity, Solidarity and Protection of our earth. We belong to her, She doesn't belong to us." Mademoiselle Maurice {In French}
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The Bank of Happiness

BY ART + BELIEVE
@ VOL 24 ON MAY 25, 2016

"We are not hippies, we are happies."

In The Bank of Happiness from PechaKucha Night Brighton Vol.24, Married travelling duo, Charlotte and Dan Doherty, shared their philosophy of Worldwide travel. Their mission is to bridge the gap between travellers and communities with art. Forget ubiquitous and talentless tagging, this is street art in the truest sense of the word and at its best - for the people, by the people.

This was "PechaKucha of the Day" on Monday, October 24th, 2016. 

 

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Cricket Shelter: A Modular Insect Farm

BY MARIA AIOLOVA
@ NEW YORK BUILD ON MAR 16, 2017

"Eating bugs is good for you, good for the planet, and good for the future!"

In "Cricket Shelter: A Modular Insect Farm" from PechaKucha Night New York Vol. 18, architect Maria Aiolova discusses her obsession with cricket farming. Her firm, Terreform ONE, built a sustainable insect shelter on site to conduct extensive research on crickets - studying their growth, social development, and reproductive habits...before harvesting the adults and turning them into tasty treats!

Maria is an architect, educator, designer, and community builder in New York City. She is an innovator in ecological design, smart cities, sustainable urban infrastructure, water, transportation, and waste. Maria is a leader in interdisciplinary education focused on future cities.

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Smart Mobility

BY PETE WESTERHOLM
@ VOL 27 ON FEB 22, 2018

Pete Westerholm talks about smart cities and how tech can be integrated into the built enviornment.

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Smart & Connected: Management of Thermal Extremes

BY ZOÉ HAMSTEAD
@ VOL 19 ON MAR 14, 2018

"What is the connective tissue that we need—both technologically and socially—to create adaptive strategies that are greater than the sum of our parts?"

In Smart & Connected from PechaKucha Buffalo Vol. 19, Assistant Professor in the University at Buffalo Department of Urban & Regional Planning, Zoé Hamstead, describes a linked practice-research endeavor that addresses how cities manage heat and cold events. Localized differences in exposure and coping capacity impact the effectiveness of public agencies, organizations and individuals to respond to episodic thermal events. Since thermal vulnerability is shaped by complex interactions across environmental, social and technological variability, addressing this challenge will require integration of traditionally siloed disciplinary knowledge and agency management strategies. As part of a National Science Foundation-funded Smart & Connected Communities (S&CC) planning grant, collaborators in Buffalo/Erie County, New York and Tempe/Maricopa County, Arizona are working together to build capacity for integrating research with practice for managing thermal extremes.