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Seoul ‘Skygarden’ to replace unsightly overpass

Seoul is poised to remake a decades-old overpass into an elevated green oasis. Francesca Street reports for CNN that the Seoul Skygarden would extend almost a kilometer and feature hundreds of trees, shrubs, flowers and other vegetation. The urban walkway, inspired by New York’s famed High Line, is being designed by Dutch architect Winy Maas. Other amenities would include performance space,…

Elevated bus would cruise over China’s urban traffic

Elevated bus would cruise over China’s urban trafficThe future of urban transport in China’s traffic-clogged cities might be a gigantic elevated bus that resembles an alien spaceship. David Roberts reports for Vox that a prototype of a Transit Elevated Bus (TEB) capable of straddling traffic was recently tested in the northeast city of Qinhuangdao in…

East African cities urged to embrace ‘low-carbon’ options

East Africa is home to some of the planet’s fastest-growing cities, with urban populations expanding by more than four percent annually. The Conversation reports that this impoverished region could reduce both emissions and energy costs with “low-carbon” development. Kampala, Kigali, Dar es Salaam and South Sudan’s capital, Juba, are among the cities that might benefit…

White House announces major ‘smart cities’ initiative

The White House on Monday announced a sweeping new “smart cities” initiative designed to help U.S. cities tackle major challenges such as traffic congestion, crime and pollution. This is worth a read, as it is chock full of technologies and programs to be funded. Here is the full release issued by WhiteHouse.gov: FACT SHEET: Administration…