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The urban impact of 5G

5G is coming. The next generation of mobile broadband data network is being discussed in almost every context you can imagine, from technology to healthcare to sociology to urbanism. But what is it, what does it enable, and how is it relevant to the citizens of urban places? And therefore, what does it mean to those designing and moulding the cities in which we live? … Continue reading The urban impact of 5G

Big Data in Urban Morphology

In this paper Geoff Boeing examines ways in which the Smart Cities paradigm can leverage publicly sourced datasets to enhance traditional forms of urban form analysis and visualisation to further our understanding of urban morphology. The paper outlines how a library called OSMnx can be used in a Python development environment to pull datasets from OpenStreetMap and visualise in, for example, figure-ground diagrams and rose … Continue reading Big Data in Urban Morphology

Sankt Kjelds Plads

Copenhagen is developing a resilient neighbourhood in the north-eastern district of Østerbro. Climate resilience, particularly the challenges associated with heavy rainfall, is combined with a social objective to create valuable communal spaces which reinforce strong community. The first adapted space in the area as part of this programme was Taasinge Plads, completed in 2014. It combines a multi-faceted rainwater management solution with a new piazza … Continue reading Sankt Kjelds Plads

Street Sketch 2nd Feb 2019

This quick sketch, from a spot on the junction between Bernstorffsgade and Vesterbrogade, features Axel Towers and the surrounding street scene. This is a busy intersection very close to Copenhagen’s main station and Tivoli, a popular tourist attraction. In my short time at the junction the number of cars was significantly lower than the number of pedestrians, cyclists and buses. Despite very accommodating road infrastructure … Continue reading Street Sketch 2nd Feb 2019

Aerial view of Tokyo cityscape

What is an urban area?

Almost every article, briefing, lecture or essay on matters of urbanisation seems to make reference to the extent of urbanisation in the world today and the expected urban population globally in the future. Often, such material specifically refers to the well established benchmark of the UN World Urbanization Prospects publication. So it is perhaps surprising to find that the level of standardisation of the urbanisation figures, … Continue reading What is an urban area?