San Francisco was built on a landfill, and now it is paying the price

San Francisco was built on a landfill

Author | Elvira Esparza San Francisco is famous for its steep streets, its bay and the famous Golden Gate Bridge. Its geographic location has been a determining factor in its design, because, apart from the danger of earthquakes, given its proximity to the San Andreas fault, large parts of the city are built on unstable […]

AI urbanism: risks and benefits of a seemingly unstoppable movement

AI Urbanism

Author | Lucía Burbano Although it is invisible to the human eye, artificial intelligence is everywhere, particularly in cities. And we are all helping, consciously or not, to improve its learning, since we generate data when we walk, when we use public transport or when we access public facilities and other public spaces. The potential […]

What is digital sustainability and how does it affect cities?

digital sustainability

Author | Raquel C. Pico Digitalization has become the cornerstone for the major transformations of the 21st century. Technology allows important advancements and its high transformative power provides major benefits, also for cities. But this revolution is not without risks and potential negative impacts, particularly on people and the environment. Therefore, achieving digital sustainability is […]

Four common mistakes made in public parks and garden planning

urban parks and gardens

Author | Elvira Esparza For many people living in cities, public parks and gardens are the only contact they have with nature. It is good to be close to them for the benefits they provide: they are spaces for fun and recreation, they foster socialization, they reduce air pollution, they improve climate conditions within cities […]

The United States plans to include breathalyzers in cars

breathalyzers in cars

Author | Elvira Esparza The United States National Highway Traffic and Safety Administration (NHTSA) has initiated a process to standardize a safety system in new cars that prevents drivers from driving under the influence of alcohol. The aim is to reduce the number of traffic accidents caused by drunk driving. How can breathalyzers be integrated […]

Cities that are preparing their infrastructures to adapt to climate change

Cities that are preparing their infrastructures to adapt to climate change

Author | M. Martínez Euklidiadas Adapting urban environments to the climate crisis is becoming increasingly urgent with every passing decade, which is why associations such as C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group, ICLEI-Local Governments for Sustainability or World Mayors Council on Climate Change (WMCCC) are becoming more active. With longer periods of drought, more unpredictable and […]

Which cities are paving the way to proper waste-to-energy generation

Waste to energy

Author | M. Martínez Euklidiadas Companies and people generate vast amounts of waste. As the population becomes urbanized, this waste originates in cities, and the favorite destination are landfill sites, where the waste decomposes, generating methane or contaminating water sources. But there are two exceptions: recyclable materials, which are transformed in the circuit to become […]

How Taipei is using robotic firefighters to enhance disaster responses

How Taipei is using robotic firefighters

Author | Lucía Burbano Classified as a high risk job, firefighters are exposed to risks that include burns, smoke inhalation and injuries caused by fire and falling structures, as well as potential chronic respiratory diseases. In 2022, the U.S. National Fire Protection Association reported a total of 96 fatal firefighter injuries occurring while they were […]