Trends such as infill and mixed-use development are common around the globe as planners look to revitalize underused and abandoned areas, turning them into thriving commercial centers. Another factor is creating truly walkable and livable communities. . “Renewal of existing inner suburbs is critical to halting sprawl and maximizing the use of the city’s assets which are predominantly located in and around the centre of our cities,” says Jesse McNicoll, Urban Design Coordinator for the City of Sydney, Australia. “This is key to providing walkable communities and moving away from sedentary ‘burbs which foster a heavy reliance on private motor vehicles.”
Technology is assisting in the process. Technology leader IBM has developed the idea of the ‘smarter city,’ one that uses technology to connect its systems and provide greener, more efficient alternatives to business as usual. Read the full article at http://www.constructiondigital.com/
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