Could the disruptive power of Bitcoin be coming to real estate? Fast Company paints a compelling picture of what that might look like. In the future, houses might have digital addresses, not just physical. This could provide potential home-buyers with a transparent history of the home, it’s costs and even trades-people who have worked on it. For sellers, a block-chain based identity and financial history could provide greater certainty, without the many middle-men in real-estate today. This digital approach could enhance trust and authenticity, underlining the continuing advancement of the sharing economy.
Many cities see the attraction of tech jobs as the key to their socioeconomic success. There is truth in this, but for cities that have experienced considerable success, do the drawbacks outweigh the benefits? Zef Hemel, Amsterdam’s former chief planner, suggests that his city, and others in similar positions, should focus on maintaining social housing. An inclusive approach to urban economic development could be the path to sustained success.
Can thoughtfully designed public art contribute to increasing pedestrian safety and convenience? With advanced technologies, HQ Architects installed an interactive public art installation in Jerusalem’s Valero Square. As part of an effort to revitalize the square, the installation provides weather protections for pedestrians during sunny or rainy days and unique tram alarms alerting train-catchers to hurry up. Check out how two eye-catching flower towers react to pedestrians and approaching public transit by blooming their immense air-blown flower pedals.
10 years ago this month, the first coworking space opened in San Francisco. To celebrate this important milestone in the sharing economy, Shareable interviewed 9 visionaries on the development of these spaces, and their future. Collectively, they’re amazed by the incredible growth, concerned about the rapid infusion of money, and most importantly, credit the people who use these spaces as the key to their success. Read more here.
What started as a failed high school workshop has become a major opportunity for data collection in Chicago. The city is preparing for the launch of its transparent Array of Things initiative, where 200 nodes containing multiple sensors to monitor an array of factors – from weather and air quality to mobility – deployed over the next year. The publicly available data will be invaluable for researchers, and is even expected to boost interest of these issues among the public. With so much new material available, what would you do with this data?
Much has been made of the smart city’s potential to improve technical coordination and efficiency, but where do people fit into this brave new world? Public space thought leaders Gehl Architects think Montreal is on the right track. In an optimistic article, they detail the City’s digital/physical Faire Montreal (Make Montreal) initiative to engage residents on 180 tangible projects. A model for other cities to follow?
Affordable housing development is unlikely to be the first role of school districts that comes to mind. However, school boards across the US are making the most of their vacant land and doing just that. Building on housing needs of their own employees, school districts in LA, Detroit and Oakland are partnering with affordable housing developers and scaling-up their projects to the meet the demands of their staff and the communities around them.