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Art and Culture Are at the Heart of Smart Cities

Screenshot-2018-2-20 Art at the Heart of Smart Cities

Earlier this spring, we looked at the role of the arts in Smart Cities. Our in depth investigation into how the arts are essential to creating and sustaining the cities of tomorrow centers on issues of modern city livability, urban branding and skilled workforce development. We also examine the role of individual arts organizations in urban education and look at…

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Innovations For Building Smart Cities as Living Labs

Innovations in designing Smart Cities as Living Labs

Cities are complex, networked and continuously changing social ecosystems, shaped and transformed through the interaction of different interests and ambitions. Ensuring employment, sustainable development, inclusion and quality of life are important concerns. Infrastructures of cities, addressing these concerns, comprise a diversity of services such as healthcare, energy, education, environmental management, transportation and mobility, public safety. Increasingly these services are enabled…

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Airports Use Smart City Tech To Welcome People With Disabilities

Screenshot-2018-2-20 Smart environments how airports use tech to welcome special needs passengers – Airport Technology

  The accessibility of air travel for people with physical disabilities has been slowly improving since 1986, when the Air Carrier Access Act was signed into law and eventually led to the implementation of regulations designed to ensure equal access in air travel. Over the past few years, airlines and airports have shown improved general awareness of the so-called “hidden” disabilities,…

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Question: Who Benefits From Accessible Infrastructure? Answer: Everyone

Question: Who Benefits From Accessible Infrastructure? Answer: Everyone

Seniors, strollers, suitcases — it’s not just disabled people who use accessible infrastructure. Policy-makers need to reframe and broaden the conversation.  It’s been a long time coming, but the federal government is expected to unveil national accessibility laws this spring. Similar legislation in other jurisdictions, such as the Americans with Disabilities Act, was passed back in 1990. The most visible…

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